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Train strikes: When are the rail strikes this week?

Train strikes: When are the rail strikes this week?

Members of the RMT union working for 14 train operators are staging more walk-outs in the current round of strikes.

Since June 2022, national rail strikes in a tangle of disputes about pay, job security and working arrangements have caused problems for tens of millions of train passengers.

Since then, stoppages causing massive disruption for passengers have been called frequently.

These are the key questions and answers.

Who is striking when?

The main rail union, the RMT, has instructed all its members working for 14 train operators to strike on Thursday 16 March, Saturday 18 March, Thursday 30 March and Saturday 1 April.

The train firms are those contracted by the Department for Transport. They include the leading intercity operators:

  • Avanti West Coast
  • CrossCountry
  • East Midlands Railway
  • Great Western Railway
  • LNER
  • TransPennine Express

All the London commuter operators will also be hit:

  • c2c
  • Greater Anglia
  • GTR (Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Southern, Thameslink)
  • Southeastern
  • South Western Railway

Operators focusing on the Midlands and north of England will be affected:

  • Chiltern Railways
  • Northern Trains
  • West Midlands Trains

A planned strike that also brought in workers at Network Rail has been shelved while a ballot of RMT members takes place.

What will the effect be?

Passengers can expect normal service on:

  • Caledonian Sleeper
  • Grand Central
  • Heathrow Express
  • Hull Trains
  • London Overground
  • Lumo
  • Merseyrail
  • ScotRail
  • Transport for Wales

Trains run by these companies are likely to be more crowded than normal on routes usually shared with train operators whose staff are striking, such as London-York-Newcastle-Edinburgh and Swansea-Cardiff-Newport.

The exact proportion of normal services will vary from one train operator to another. Figures published by the government for a strike on 4 January, show that Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway and LNER operated between a quarter and a third of usual services.

On most commuter services in the London area, the figure was around one in five.

Worst performer was Northern, which operated only one in 20 of regular scheduled trains.

But the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), representing train operators, says that as many as half the normal trains could run – though hours are likely to be limited with many early and late services cancelled.

The RDG said: “It is expected that nationally between 40 and 50 per cent of train…

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