More Train Strikes Set To Disrupt London In September

More Train Strikes Set To Disrupt London In September

Update: following the death of the Queen, these strike have now been suspended.

The side of a Southeastern train
Southeastern is one of nine train operators affected by the planned strikes. Image: Londonist

More train strikes are set to disrupt London this September, with a nationwide walk-out by members of the rail union TSSA.

The planned 24-hour strike — from 12pm on Monday 26 to 12pm on Tuesday 27 — would affect nine train operators, many of which have a London presence, namely West Midlands Trains, Avanti West Coast, c2c, East Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway, LNER and Southeastern.

On top of that, staff from Network Rail — which manages 11 London stations — are set to walk out, although TSSA says "the union remains in talks with NR about the possibility of a settlement."

The strikes are in protest against what the TSSA — which has almost 18,000 members — describes as an "insulting" 2% pay rise for its staff by the government, in what is an increasingly desperate financial landscape for the UK.

TSSA union leader Manuel Cortes said: "The reason for the current impasse lies squarely at Grant Shapps' door and passengers are paying a high price for his incompetence and intransigence."

London has been rocked by train strikes throughout the summer, including the walk-out of some 50,000 train workers in June.

Last Updated 13 September 2022