A series of train strikes will take place between Tuesday 30 January and Monday 5 February 2024.
Members of the ASLEF Union will take strike action across various train operators on different days throughout the strike period, as follows:
- Tuesday 30 January: Southeastern, GTR Southern/Gatwick Express, GTR Great Northern Thameslink, SWR Island Line and South Western Railway;
- Wednesday 31 January: Northern Trains and Transpennine Trains;
- Friday 2 February: Greater Anglia, C2C and LNER;
- Saturday 3 February: West Midlands Trains, Avanti West Coast and East Midlands Railway;
- Monday 5 February: Great Western, CrossCountry and Chiltern
Check with individual operators closer to the time for details of the likely extent of disruption.
In addition to the above, drivers will refuse to work overtime from Monday 29 January until Tuesday 6 February, which is likely to cause further service cancellations.
The reason for these latest strikes? The ongoing pay dispute.
ASLEF's general secretary Mick Whelan said:
We have given the government every opportunity to come to the table but it has now been a year since we had any contact from the Department for Transport. It's clear they do not want to resolve this dispute.
Many of our members have now not had a single penny increase to their pay in half a decade, during which inflation soared and with it the cost of living.
A planned week of disruption to London's tube network was averted with a last-minute payout earlier this month, and it's hoped something similar might happen here (although it'd be nice if it wasn't quite so down to the wire this time).