Train strikes: How every service is impacted by the RMT walkout on bank holiday weekend

ITV News' Lewis Warner reports on disruption following the latest RMT strike, words by Multimedia Producer Rachel Dixon

People looking to use the rail network are facing disruption this bank holiday due to train strikes.

The RMT Union announced industrial action on Saturday, August 26 and this will also impact some Sunday morning trains.

Most routes are running a reduced service starting later and finishing earlier. In some areas there will be no train services at all.

Here is how each of the train companies are impacted by the industrial action.

This will affect the following train operating companies:

Avanti West Coast

On August 26, Avanti West Coast trains won't be running as early or late as usual, with the first train of the day departing Euston around 8am and the last train of the day from Euston departing shortly after 5pm.

One train per hour will run to and from:

  • London Euston to Manchester (via Crewe and Stockport)

  • London Euston to Liverpool

  • London Euston to Birmingham

  • London Euston to Preston (with a limited service extending to Carlisle).

Train drivers at Avanti West Coast will strike on July 2. Credit: PA

The significantly reduced timetable means North Wales, Shrewsbury, Blackpool, Stoke-on-Trent, Glasgow and Edinburgh will have no Avanti West Coast services on Saturday.

Macclesfield and Oxenholme Lake District station will be closed.


All services will run to and from London Fenchurch Street station.

All 12 carriage trains will not stop at Limehouse.

Chiltern Railways

Chiltern Railways is running a limited service between approximately 8am and 10pm.

There are no trains from Banbury to Birmingham and Stourbridge Junction or from Hatton to stations to Stratford Upon Avon.

No trains will call at Wembley Stadium, Northolt Park, South Ruislip, Warwick, Warwick Parkway, Hatton, Lapworth or Aylesbury Vale Parkway all day.

A CrossCountry train at Leeds train station. Credit: PA


Each Cross Country route has an amended timetable, with varying last train times.

  • Birmingham New Street – Bristol Temple Meads: hourly service. First train 8am. Last train 5.12pm

  • Bristol Temple Meads – Plymouth: limited service.

  • Birmingham New Street – Oxford / Reading / Southampton Central: hourly service. First train 7am (Oxford). Last train 4pm.

  • Birmingham New Street – Newcastle & Edinburgh Waverley: limited service. First train 8am. Last train 1pm.

  • Birmingham New Street – Leeds: hourly service. First train 8am. Last train 3pm.

  • Birmingham New Street – Leicester. Half hourly service for most of the day. First train 7.52am. Last train 6.22pm.

  • Birmingham New Street – Peterborough. Two hourly service. First train 9.22am Last train 5.22pm.

  • Birmingham New Street – Manchester Piccadilly, hourly service. First train 7am. Last train 5pm.

  • Birmingham New Street – Cardiff Central and Birmingham New Street - Nottingham: nNo service.

East Midlands Railway

East Midlands Railway has advised passengers only to travel if necessary.

EMR services will run from 6.30am to 6.30pm, all but one of the services has one train per hour.

The route between Nottingham and Skegness will run twice an hour and call at Grantham, Sleaford, Boston and Skegness

Gatwick Express

The usual Gatwick Express service between London Victoria, Gatwick Airport and Brighton will not run.

Instead the train will also stop at Clapham Junction and East Croydon, and as such these trains will be operating as Southern services.

Gatwick Express tickets are valid on Southern and Thameslink at no additional cost.

A Thameslink train passes through Sandy in Cambridgeshire. Credit: PA

Great Northern and Thameslink

Two trains an hour will run between:

  • St Pancras International and Bedford

  • St Pancras International and Luton

  • London King’s Cross and Peterborough

  • London King’s Cross and Welwyn Garden City

  • London King’s Cross and Stevenage via Hertford North

One train an hour will run between:

  • Cambridge and Ely

  • Cambridge and King’s Lynn

  • London King’s Cross and Cambridge

Additionally, one train per hour will run between King’s Cross and Cambridge, calling at King’s Cross, Finsbury Park, Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth Garden City, Baldock, Ashwell & Morden, Royston and Cambridge only.

Great Western Railway

Trains will start running at 7am until 6.30pm.

A very limited service will run only on the following routes between:

  • London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads

  • London Paddington and Oxford

  • London Paddington and Cardiff

  • London Paddington and Plymouth (calling Pewsey/Westbury/Castle Cary)

  • London Paddington and Newbury

  • London Paddington and Reading/Didcot Parkway

  • West Ealing and Greenford

  • Slough and Windsor

  • Maidenhead and Bourne End

  • Twyford and Henley-on-Thames

  • Reading and Basingstoke

  • Didcot and Oxford/Banbury

  • Newbury and Bedwyn

  • Reading and Redhill

  • Cardiff Central and Westbury

  • Bristol and Plymouth

Greater Anglia (including Stansted Express)

Most trains will start at 7am and stop 11pm , and there may be cancellations at short-notice.

These services will run between 7am and 7pm:

  • Cambridge to London Liverpool Street

  • Ipswich to Cambridge

  • Norwich to Stansted Airport

These services will not run:

  • Ipswich – Felixstowe

  • Colchester – Walton-on-the-Naze via Colchester Town

  • Bishop’s Stortford – Stratford

  • Hertford East – London Liverpool Street

  • Meridian Water – Stratford

Heathrow Express

A normal service will operate throughout the day but trains will stop earlier.

  • Last Train departs London Paddington at 8.40pm

  • Last Train departs Heathrow Terminal 5 at 8.42pm

  • Last Train departs Heathrow Central at 20.47pm

A Heathrow Express train at Heathrow Airport. Credit: PA

London Northwestern Railway

One train per hour will run between 7am and 7pm on the following routes:

  • London Euston – Northampton – Birmingham New Street

  • London Euston – Birmingham New Street

  • London Euston – Northampton

  • London Euston – Milton Keynes Central.

  • Birmingham New Street – Birmingham International via local stations: 1 train per hour.

  • Birmingham New Street – Liverpool Lime Street

  • Birmingham New Street – Wolverhampton


Train are running a limited service.

The first train from London King's Cross to Edinburgh is at 6.15am, while the first train to Leeds is at 8.05am

Last service from London to Newcastle and Edinburgh Waverley is at 4.30pm and to York it's at 6.30pm.

The first service from Edinburgh Waverley to London King’s Cross is at 8am and last service at 7pm to Doncaster and 3pm to London

There will be no trains north of Edinburgh or Leeds.


There will be one train per hour, between approximately 8am and 5pm on the following routes:

  • Liverpool - Manchester Airport

  • Leeds - York via Micklefield 

  • Leeds - Ilkley

  • Leeds - Skipton

  • Leeds - Bradford Forster Square

  • Leeds - Moorthorpe - Sheffield

  • Darlington - Saltburn

There are just three trains across the day between Leeds - Hebden Bridge via Bradford.

South Western Railway

There is a significantly reduced service on most of the lines, with trains only running between 7am and 7pm.

The Island Line is running as normal.

  • Two trains per hour each way between Waterloo and Southampton and Waterloo to Basingstoke

  • Four trains per hour each way between Waterloo and Woking

  • One train per hour each way between Guildford to Woking and Salisbury to Basingstoke


Only 51 out of Southeastern's 180 stations will be open, with much of Kent and East Sussex's stations having no service.

There will be a limited service running on the network. Some routes will be closed and there are no replacement buses. 

The following lines will run from 7am - 7pm:

  • Dartford line

  • Sevenoaks line

  • Bromley South line

  • High Speed via Ashford


A limited service will run across the Southern network, with services starting later and finishing much earlier than usual. Some stations will not have a service all day.

Two trains per hour will run from the following stations:

  • London Victoria and Brighton

  • London Victoria to Gatwick Airport

  • London Bridge and Brighton

  • London Bridge and Gatwick Airport

  • London Bridge and Three Bridges

  • Brighton and Hove

  • Brighton and Barnham

  • Barnham and Three Bridges via Horsham

  • Brighton and Seaford

  • Brighton and Eastbourne

  • London Victoria and Sutton via Mitcham

  • London Victoria and Epsom Downs via Selhurst

  • London Victoria and West Croydon via Crystal Palace

  • London Bridge and Tattenham Corner

  • Caterham and Purley

  • Redhill and Reigate

  • London Victoria and East Grinstead

One train an hour will run from the following stations:

  • Oxted and Uckfield

  • London Blackfriars and Sevenoaks

  • Plumstead and Rainham

TransPennine Express

The TransPennine Express will only be running the following services between approximately 8am - 6.30pm.

  • Manchester Piccadilly to Scarborough

  • Manchester Piccadilly to York: six local services, three semi-fast services (towards Manchester Piccadilly), four semi-fast services (towards York)

  • York to Scarborough: six services

  • Preston to Manchester Airport in both directions: five services

  • Sheffield to Cleethorpes In both directions: five services

West Midlands Railway

There is a limited service between 7am - 7pm on Saturday and on Sunday morning there will be slightly fewer trains.

There is one train an hour on the following routes:

  • London Euston – Northampton – Birmingham New Street:

  • Birmingham New Street – Birmingham International

  • Birmingham New Street – Liverpool Lime Street

  • Birmingham New Street – Wolverhampton via local stations

  • Birmingham New Street – Lichfield City / Redditch / Bromsgrove

  • Kidderminster – Whitlocks End and Dorridge via Birmingham Snow Hill

  • Birmingham New Street – Rugeley Trent Valley: one train per hour.

From Stourbridge Town – Stourbridge Junction there will be up to six trains per hour.

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