Rail passengers are being warned that they should only travel if necessary as rail workers go on strike next week.
RMT members at Network Rail and UK train operators are set to strike on Wednesday, July 27 – with disruption expected to spill over into the following morning.
Operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has warned there will be very few trains, with crowding expected, particularly on last trains, and possible delays. Gatwick Express will not operate although the airport will have a limited Southern and Thameslink service.
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And trains will start later than usual on July 28 – from around 7.15am – with an amended service.
On Wednesday trains will start running at around 7.30am and finish between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.
Morning trains are likely to be very busy and customers are recommended to travel later, plan their journeys and check again before travelling.
Online journey planners such as nationalrail.co.uk will be updated at the weekend.
How will services be affected?
There will be a skeleton service of around 25% of normal on July 27 with many lines closed altogether. There will also be a reduced service based on an amended Sunday timetable (about 60% of weekdays) on the day following the strike – 28 July – due to the late start-up and impact of the previous day. Crowding and delays are expected throughout.
Trains will start later and finish earlier. First and last train times at specific stations will vary considerably along each route with the last trains of the day as early as 4.30pm in places. If attempting to travel, then check timetables from Saturday for Wednesday 27 July and Sunday for Thursday 28 July.
Services will be as follows:
Services between St Pancras International and Bedford
Two trains per hour will run between St Pancras International and Bedford, calling at St Pancras International, West Hampstead Thameslink, St Albans City, Harpenden, Luton Airport Parkway, Luton, Leagrave, Harlington, Flitwick and Bedford only.
St Pancras International and Luton
Two trains per hour will run between St Pancras International and Luton, calling at St Pancras International, Kentish Town, West Hampstead Thameslink, Cricklewood, Hendon, Mill Hill Broadway, Elstree & Borehamwood, Radlett, St Albans City, Harpenden, Luton Airport Parkway, Luton.
King’s Cross and Peterborough
Two trains per hour will run between King’s Cross and Peterborough, calling at King’s Cross, Finsbury Park, Stevenage, Hitchin, Arlesey, Biggleswade, Sandy, St Neots, Huntingdon and Peterborough only.
Can I get a replacement bus?As the strike is affecting the whole country, GTR will be unable to provide alternatives such as replacement buses and ticket acceptance with other local rail and bus operators.
Can I claim compensation?Passengers with an advance, off peak or anytime ticket who have bought a ticket for July 27 can use it for travel the day before, or up to and including Tuesday 2 August. Passengers can also change their tickets to travel on an alternative date using the Book With Confidence Policy, or get a refund if their train is cancelled or rescheduled.Passengers with a season ticket that is monthly or longer, or who activate a day’s worth of travel for July 27 on a flexi season ticket and then choose not to travel on July 27 can claim compensation for this day through the Delay Repay scheme. Further information is on the National Rail website.