Rail strikes across the UK are set to escalate today as drivers begin a new walkout – meaning some areas will have no trains at all. So please check before you travel.

Although 48 hours of industrial action by the RMT union has now come to an end, members of the Aslef union are now striking as part of a long-running dispute over pay.

Drivers at 15 rail companies are involved, and here is how commuters will be affected:

  • Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Northern, Southern, Southeastern, Thameslink and TransPennine Express will run no trains all day
  • Rail links to the UK’s two busiest airports will be cut, with Gatwick Express and Heathrow Express shutting down.
  • Trains will run in Wales, most of Scotland, and on parts of the South Western Railway network
  • Services are also going to operate on the London Overground and Elizabeth Line

Overall, it’s estimated that just 20% of normal services will run – with passengers facing a third consecutive day of extensive disruption during the first working week of 2023.
And further strikes are looming, with the RMT set to stage another 48-hour strike on Friday and Saturday.