Rail and bus strikes 2 – 8 January

Image above: Train at Chiswick station 8.50am on Tuesday 3 December; photograph Nick Raikes

Rail strikes set to cause disruption to travel all week

Rail strikes are expected to continue to disrupt travel in the first week of January (2 – 8 January).

South Western Railway say their services, which normally stop at Chiswick Railway Station, will be ‘significantly’ disrupted. Transport for London (TfL) says the Underground will continue to run, but there will be some disruption on London Overground, which operates trains from Gunnersbury tube station.

TfL say there will be disruption on parts of the District and Bakerloo lines, as well as on the London Overground and Elizabeth line on strike days.

Staff who work for the Abellio bus company will also be striking on Wednesday and Thursday.

South Western Railway

All this week their strike information guide is showing a ‘severely reduced service’, with no certainty about how many or when trains will run on any day. On Sunday 8 January they say there will be a ‘late start up’.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) at Network Rail and 14 train operating companies are striking for two 48-hour periods, starting on Tuesday and again from Friday. Train drivers in the Aslef union will strike for 24 hours on Thursday, ensuring the disruption across rail services lasts all week.


Image above: Passengers at Gunnersbury station

London Overground

London Overground say they are expecting to run a reduced service 7.30am -6:00pm and the Night Overground will not run on strike days.

District Line

Transport for London say limited services will run on the District Line between 7.30am – 6.00pm (no services outside these times) between Richmond and Turnham Green.


“Radio silence” from ministers

The unions said on Monday the rail companies were “in despair” over the government’s handling of the pay dispute, with the Treasury now effectively controlling what settlement can be made.

Mick Lynch, the general secretary of the RMT union, said he believed a deal could be reached but that ministers had been absent since a meeting in mid-December. Speaking on the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday, he said there had been “radio silence” since the last talks before Christmas.

He said: “We’ve outlined what we need to make progress; these are experienced people we’re dealing with, but the government simply will not give a mandate to the employers, Network Rail and the train operators that will allow this deal to be resolved.

“They’re sitting on their hands and are noted by their absence from this scene. They keep saying that they’re facilitating a deal. And I think it’s absolutely the opposite to that.”

Bus strikes

There are also strikes planned on Abellio bus services this week and throughout January. On strike days, TfL say they will aim to run as many services as possible, but they expect disruption.

Bus strikes are scheduled for Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 January this week, then Tuesday 10, Thursday 12, Monday 16, Thursday 19, Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 January.

Day routes affected are: 3, 27, 45, 63, 68, 109, 130, 156, 195, 196, 201, 207, 267, 270, 278, 315, 322, 350, 367, 381, 407, 415, 427, 433, 464, 482, 490, 969, C10, E5, E7, E10, E11, H20, H25, H28, H26, P5, P13, R68, R70, S4, U5, U7, U9.

Night routes affected are: N3, N27, N63, N68, N109, N207, N381

24-hour routes affected are: 24, 111, 159, 285, 344, 345

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