Industrial Action

The latest travel information about upcoming and past rail strikes and overtime bans.

Last updated on 29 February 2024.

Upcoming industrial action

The ASLEF union has announced the following industrial action on LNER and Northern:

Strikes

Friday 1 March affecting:

  • LNER
  • Northern

Overtime ban

Thursday 29 February - Saturday 2 March, affecting:

  • LNER
  • Northern

Refunds

If you are affected by industrial action and decide not to travel, you can always request a refund using an instant online form.

Overtime bans:

It’s important to note that the overtime ban isn’t considered a full strike, and no “Do Not Travel” messaging is in place. A refund will only be available if the train has been cancelled, and customers choose not to travel.

Ticket validity arrangements

If you hold a ticket dated on a strike day falling within the date ranges below, you can use it as-is on a number of alternative days. You do not need to replace your ticket or re-book.

This policy applies to tickets where any leg of the journey involves travelling on affected train operating companies (LNER and Northern).

Date Range Ticket Validity
Friday 1st March 2024 Valid on Thursday 29th February 2024 up to and including Tuesday 5th March 2024

Travel within London:

Customers presenting magstripe National Rail tickets (Singles, Returns or Season Tickets) for journeys across London are permitted to travel on TfL services (bus, Tube, tram or DLR) on reasonable routes only, on the days of the National Rail industrial action only. Please note if your ticket is for a journey that includes crossing London it will not be valid on London Underground services on an alternative date.

TfL have confirmed that customers will not be able to use London Buses or London Trams as an alternative on any day; nor use London Underground or DLR outside of the valid route and on the date shown as noted above. Customers will be expected to pay for their TfL journeys as normal.

If your ticket includes a TfL journey, a refund is only applicable if the entire ticket remains unused. We cannot issue a refund solely for the TfL portion if you have already travelled on the ticket.

  • Passengers are advised to travel as closely aligned with their original booking times as possible.
  • Those with tickets valid for travel across London must adhere to the specified date on their ticket or use PAYG/a new ticket for the London Underground segment if traveling the day before or after.
  • Seat reservations cannot be honoured if passengers choose to travel on a different day.
  • Customers desiring to amend Advance tickets (by re-booking and claiming a refund on the originals) to travel outside this easement may do so, following the standard Advance ticket terms and conditions.

Background

The industrial action is being caused by ongoing disputes between the two main rail trade unions, the RMT union of transport workers and the ASLEF union of train drivers, and the train companies, Network Rail, and the government. The disputes are over wages, planned changes to working practices, and the threat of redundancies.

So far, the industrial action has consisted of both strikes and overtime bans. Overtime bans are often referred to as “action short of a strike” because they still cause significant disruption without technically striking; they’re effective because many train operators rely on staff doing voluntary overtime to run a full service.

Past 2024 industrial action

All the days industrial action has taken place so far this year.

Monday 5 February

ASLEF union strike.

  • Train companies affected: Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, and GWR.

Saturday 3 February

ASLEF union strike.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, East Midlands Railway, London Northwestern Railway, and West Midlands Railway.

Friday 2 February

ASLEF union strike.

  • Train companies affected: c2c, Greater Anglia, Stansted Express, and LNER.

Wednesday 31 January

ASLEF union strike.

  • Train companies affected: Northern and TransPennine Express.

Tuesday 30 January

ASLEF union strike.

  • Train companies affected: Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Island Line, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, and Thameslink.

Monday 29 January - Tuesday 6 February

ASLEF union overtime ban.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, c2c, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Island Line, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Railway.

2023 industrial action

All the days industrial action took place last year.

Friday 8 December

ASLEF union strike.

  • Train companies affected: Northern and TransPennine Express.

Thursday 7 December

ASLEF union strike.

  • Train companies affected: CrossCountry, GWR, and Heathrow Express.

Wednesday 6 December

ASLEF union strike.

  • Train companies affected: Gatwick Express, Island Line, South Western Railway, Southeastern, and Southern.

Tuesday 5 December

ASLEF union strike.

  • Train companies affected: c2c, Greater Anglia, and Stansted Express.

Sunday 3 December

ASLEF union strike.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, Great Northern, London Northwestern Railway, Thameslink, and West Midlands Railway.

Saturday 2 December

ASLEF union strike.

  • Train companies affected: East Midlands Railway and LNER.

Friday 1 December - Saturday 9 December

ASLEF union overtime ban.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, c2c, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Heathrow Express, Island Line, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Railway.

Wednesday 4 October

ASLEF union strike.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, c2c, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Heathrow Express, Island Line, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Railway.

Monday 2 October - Friday 6 October

ASLEF union overtime ban.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, c2c, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Heathrow Express, Island Line, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Railway.

Saturday 30 September

ASLEF union strike.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, c2c, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Heathrow Express, Island Line, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Railway.

Saturday 29 September

ASLEF union overtime ban.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, c2c, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Heathrow Express, Island Line, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Railway.

Saturday 2 September

RMT union strike and ASLEF union overtime ban.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, c2c, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Heathrow Express, Island Line, London Northwestern Railway, LNER, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, Transport for Wales (not on strike, but service changes on some routes), and West Midlands Railway.

Friday 1 September

ASLEF union strike.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, c2c, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Heathrow Express, Island Line, London Northwestern Railway, LNER, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, Transport for Wales (not on strike, but service changes on some routes), and West Midlands Railway.

Saturday 26 August

RMT union strike.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, c2c, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, LNER, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Thameslink, Transpennine Express, and West Midlands Railway.

Monday 7 August - Saturday 12 August

ASLEF union overtime ban.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, c2c, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Heathrow Express, London Northwestern Railway, LNER, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, Transport for Wales (not on strike, but service changes on some routes), and West Midlands Railway.

Monday 31 July - Saturday 5 August

ASLEF union overtime ban.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, c2c, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Heathrow Express, London Northwestern Railway, LNER, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, Transport for Wales (not on strike, but service changes on some routes), and West Midlands Railway.

Saturday 29 July

RMT union strike.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, c2c, Caledonian Sleeper, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Heathrow Express, Island Line, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Northern, Southeastern, Southern, South Western Railway, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Railway.

Saturday 22 July

RMT union strike.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, c2c, Caledonian Sleeper, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Heathrow Express, Island Line, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Northern, Southeastern, Southern, South Western Railway, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Railway.

Thursday 20 July

RMT union strike.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, c2c, Caledonian Sleeper, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Heathrow Express, Island Line, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Northern, Southeastern, Southern, South Western Railway, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Railway.

Monday 17 July - Saturday 22 July

ASLEF union overtime ban.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Thameslink, Island Line, London North East Railway, Northern, Southeastern, Southern, Gatwick Express, South Western Railway, Transpennine Express, and West Midlands Trains.

Saturday 3 June

ASLEF union strike.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Heathrow Express, Island Line, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Railway.

Friday 2 June

RMT union strike.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Heathrow Express, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Railway.

Thursday 1 June

ASLEF union overtime ban.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Island Line, London North Eastern Railway, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Trains.

Wednesday 31 May

ASLEF union strike.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Heathrow Express, Island Line, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Railway.

Monday 15 May - Saturday 20 May

ASLEF union overtime ban.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Island Line, London North Eastern Railway, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Trains.

Saturday 13 May

RMT union strike and ASLEF union overtime ban.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, c2c, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Heathrow Express, Island Line, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Railway.

Friday 12 May

ASLEF union strike.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Heathrow Express, Island Line, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Railway.

Saturday 1 April

A planned RMT union strike was suspended.

  • Train companies that would have been affected: Avanti West Coast, Chiltern, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Railway.

Thursday 30 March

A planned RMT union strike was suspended.

  • Train companies that would have been affected: Avanti West Coast, Chiltern, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Railway.

Friday 3 February

ASLEF union and RMT union strikes.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Heathrow Express, Island Line, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Railway.

Wednesday 1 February

ASLEF union and RMT union strikes.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Heathrow Express, Island Line, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Railway.

Friday 6 January - Saturday 7 January

RMT union strike.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, c2c, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, LNER, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Thameslink, Transpennine Express, and West Midlands Railway.

Thursday 5 January

ASLEF union strike.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, Heathrow Express, Island Line, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Railway.

Tuesday 3 January - Wednesday 4 January

RMT union strike.

  • Train companies affected: Avanti West Coast, c2c, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, GWR, LNER, Northern, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Thameslink, Transpennine Express, and West Midlands Railway.