Strike schedule in August: metro status, routes closed and all partial rail services this weekend (2023)

Commuters will have to brace themselves for rail chaos this week as the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) and TSSA unions quitcoordinated train strikes, leading to an abrupt halt to the UK rail and underground system.

It is to be expected that important traffic connections on the main road will be significantly affectedstrike day– Saturday 20 August.

Most rail operators are also warning passengers not to travel on strike days and to plan ahead for Sunday 21 DecemberThe disruption continues.

Find the latest timetable information from operators on the RMT and TSSA strikes.

How will the Tube strikes affect London's ground and Tube services?

London above ground

RMT and Arriva staff were on the move on Friday, August 19 and limited ground or night services are expected between 8am and 6pm on Saturday.

Londoner U-Bahn

Transport for London has warned that Tube services will be very limited or non-existent on Friday evening 19 August and Saturday morning.

It speaks“TfL anticipate significant disruption on all London Underground routes on Friday 19 August and little or no disruption throughout the day due to RMT strike action. There will also be no more Night Tube or Night Overground service starting Friday night. Customers are advised not to use the subway and only use the rest of the route network if necessary.”

Which trains run on strike days?

Avanti West Coast

Avanti West Coast advises customers not to travel on Saturday 20th August unless absolutely necessary.

During the August 20 industrial action, the company will operate one train per hour from Euston to Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Preston, with a limited service to Glasgow. The first train leaves before 8am and the last one in the afternoon.

North Wales, Shrewsbury, Blackpool and Edinburgh are not served. Stockport, Macclesfield, Stoke-on-Trent and Runcorn stations will be closed.


On the c2c route, on strike days from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., a reduced fare applies, which is about one third of the normal fare. Two trains an hour run from Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness and via Rainham to Pitsea. There are no trains through Ockendon or Chafford Hundred.

Full service is scheduled to resume from 8 a.m. on Sunday, August 21, but passengers must be prepared for disruptions.

Coley Chiltern

Chiltern is advising its customers that they will only be offering very limited services and will not have a replacement bus.

On Saturday 20 December there will be two trains per hour from Marylebone to High Wycombe and one train per hour via Amersham to Aylesbury. There will be no services or replacement buses north of High Wycombe.

On Sunday 21st there will be no more trains before 9am. Roadworks are planned throughout the day between High Wycombe and Bicester and between Princes Risborough and Aylesbury, with replacement buses being deployed on some routes.

cross country racing

On strike days, CrossCountry will offer very limited service.

On Saturday 20 August trains will only run between Derby and Edinburgh and between Southampton Central and Manchester Piccadilly.

East Midlands College

On Saturday 20th August there will be one train per hour between London and Nottingham and Sheffield. There will be one train per hour from Derby to Matlock and from Derby to Nottingham. All other route lines will be closed.


London's newly launched Elizabeth Line service is warning passengers to expect restricted rail services.

Gatwick Express

On RMT strike days, all Gatwick Express services are cancelled.

Grand Central

The network has not yet provided an updated timetable for Saturday 20th. Passengers are advised to do soCheck the network's website.

Great Northern und Thameslink

On strike days, there are two trains per hour from St Pancras International to Bedford and Luton.

There is one train per hour between London King's Cross and Ely and an additional train every hour between Cambridge and Ely. There will also be one train per hour between King's Cross and Cambridge and two trains per hour from King's Cross to Peterborough, Welywn Garden City and Stevenage via Hertford North.

Great Western Rail

There are no trains on the following routes on Saturday 20th: to/from Bristol Temple Meads; between Bristol Temple Meads and Swindon; between Bristol and Gloucester; between Bristol and Taunton; between Cardiff Central and Bath Spa; all lines in Cornwall including all branch lines; west of Newton Abbot (Exeter Junction) towards Plymouth/Cornwall; all Devon branches (Barnstaple, Exmouth, Paignton, Okehampton); South Wales Main Line (Carmarthen/Swansea – Cardiff Central); Berks & Hants Line (between Reading–Westbury); Wessex Main Line (Bath Spa - Portsmouth Harbour); Heart of Wessex Line (Westbury–Weymouth); the TransWilts line (trains run continuously between Swindon and Westbury); Severn Beach Line (Bristol Temple Meads - Severn Beach); North Cotswolds Line (Hereford/Worcester–Oxford); South Cotswolds Line (Cheltenham Spa - Swindon); Worcester/Gloucester; Greenford branch line; North Downs Line (Reading – Gatwick Airport).

Great England

Some morning services are canceled on Sunday 21 August and the network is advising passengers not to travel on Saturday 20 August.

Heathrow Express

Worship services will be held on August 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:10 p.m.

torso trains

Services operate between Doncaster and London Kings Cross and only between 7.30am and 6.30pm.

A series of islands

Since there is no strike, the normal service continues.


On strike days, a limited service will only operate twice an hour between London King's Cross and Edinburgh and once an hour between London and Leeds.

London North West Railway

On August 20th there will be a limited timetable from Birmingham to London Euston via Northampton and from Birmingham to Crewe via Wolverhampton. Trains start at 7:33 am and end at 6:10 pm.


Lumo will operate a reduced service of three trains per day from London King's Cross to Edinburgh and vice versa on Saturday.


On August 20th Merseyrail will suffer from staff shortages and will only operate an hourly service at selected stations between 7.30am and 6.30pm.

There are no services from Chester, Rock Ferry and Ellesmere Port or the Hunts Cross line.


On 20 August there will be hourly services from Liverpool to Manchester and from Leeds to York, Ilkley, Skipton, Sheffield and Bradford. There are no trains before 7:30 am and after 6:00 pm.

All other routes are not operated.


ScotRail staff are not involved in the dispute but further disruption is expected. Two trains per hour are expected between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Falkirk High, Helensburgh, Inverkeithing and Tweedbank. One train per hour is expected between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Shotts.

Two trains an hour are expected between Glasgow, Hamilton and Lanark. One train per hour is expected from Glasgow Queen St to Larbert and Falkirk Grahamston. There are two trains per hour between Milngavie and Springburn.

Worship services are offered from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


On strike days, trains between London Waterloo to Woking, Basingstoke and Southampton and London Waterloo and Windsor and Eaton Riverside only run between 7.15am and 6.30pm. All other main routes and branches will be closed.

South East

On Saturday 20 August, passengers are being warned not to travel unless absolutely necessary. Only 44 out of 180 stations will be open. There is no replacement bus service at closed train stations. Charing Cross and Cannon Street remain closed on both days of the strike. There are no south east trains to Victoria on strike days.

A reduced frequency service will operate between London Bridge and Sevenoaks. Trains will also serve London Bridge-Dartford via Greenwich, Blackheath and Sidcup branches. There will be no trains east of Dartford or south of Sevenoaks.

The first high speed train from Ashford via Ebbsfleet to London St Pancras departs at 7:45am. The last train to London leaves at 4.30pm. In the opposite direction, the last departure from London is at 17:30.

Also, the last trains back to London will be much earlier than usual and passengers may not be able to board trains with limited service, particularly at Ashford and Ebbsfleet.

South und Thameslink

On Saturday 20 August there will be two trains per hour between London Victoria and Brighton, stopping at Clapham Junction, East Croydon and Gatwick airports only.

Two trains an hour run between London Bridge and Brighton, stopping at key stations such as Three Bridges, Haywards Heath and Hassocks.

There will also be two trains an hour between London Bridge and Gatwick Airport; and between London Bridge and Three Bridges.

Services between London Victoria and Sutton, Epsom Downs and West Croydon will also be restricted.

TransPennine Express

Very limited service will be offered on Saturday 20th August with only five departures from Preston to Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport during the day. They depart at 8:45am and the last one departs Preston at 4:50pm. In the opposite direction, the last train leaves Manchester Airport at 17:10.

One train per hour runs between Manchester Piccadilly and York. Only two trains run between Newcastle and Edinburgh. Five trains will run between Cleethorpes and Sheffield between 7.30am and 4.20pm on both strike days.

Transportation for Wales

There are no trains on Saturday 20 August, with the exception of an 'essential journeys only' service between Cardiff Central and Treherbert, serving Merthyr Tydfil and Aberdare.

A second 'essential travel only' service will operate once an hour between Cardiff and Newport.

There will be no more trains. There will be no replacement buses.

College West Midlands

One train per hour runs from Birmingham to Northampton between 7.30am and 5.15pm. Northampton to London Euston trains run twice an hour between 7.40am and 4.40pm.

Trains in the opposite direction run at similar times, with the first leaving Euston at 7:30am and the last northbound leaving Northampton at 5:30pm bound for Birmingham.

There will be one train per hour between Lichfield Trent Valley and Redditch; One train per hour between Lichfield Trent Valley and Bromsgrove in each direction, while departures from Lichfield Trent Valley will only operate to Birmingham New Street from 17:00.

Additional morning services will operate between Birmingham New Street - Redditch and Birmingham New Street - Lichfield Trent Valley.

There will be one train in each direction between Wolverhampton and Birmingham New Street, stopping at all local stations, and one train per hour in each direction between Birmingham New Street and Crewe.

Services to and from Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International and between Birmingham New Street and Northampton run hourly in both directions.

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