Train strikes: How rail services are being disrupted this weekend

Train drivers are set to walk out on the latest round of industrial strikes on the country’s railways.

Aslef members will strike at 11 companies as part of a long-running wage dispute. Rail companies have advised passengers that some services will be severely disrupted on Saturday (November 26), and some will not run at all.

Rugby fans traveling to England v South Africa at Twickenham and on to Cardiff for the Autumn International Wales v Australia will be impressed. Some disturbances are expected on Sunday (November 27) as workers return to their duties.

Train operators in Britain have released plans for how their services will change during the upcoming rail strike. It will run a significantly reduced schedule, with fewer services running during the limited hours.

Many will be affected on Saturday when the train drivers belonging to the Asslav union come out in a long-running wage dispute. Here’s how rail operators will be affected by strikes this weekend:

West Coast Avanti


Caledonian sleeper

It does not operate on Saturday nights. The normal service will run onriday nights.

Chiltern Railways

cross country

East Midlands Railway

Gatwick Express

No service due to engineering work in London Victoria.

Passengers can use Southern and Thameslink trains to travel to and from Gatwick Airport.

Grand Central

Great North

Great Western Railway

A very limited service will run, starting at 7.30am and finishing at around 9:30pm.

The only open routes will be between: London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads (trains will not stop at Bath Spa); Reading and Oxford. Reading and Basingstoke.

Greater Anglia

Very limited service will work.

The first trains will be later than usual and the last trains will be earlier than usual.

The only open roads would be between London Liverpool Street and Colchester. Norwich and Southend Victoria.

They will only have one train per hour in each direction.

TfL services in the capital are set to be affected by a series of strikes this weekend on the subway, trains and buses. Photo: Getty

Heathrow Express

Hull trains

It is not affected by the strike but engineering work means that trains will not call at Beverley, Cottingham, Retford or Grantham.

North East London Railway

Very limited service will work.

This includes only one train each way between London King’s Cross and Leeds, and four trains each way between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh.

North West London Railway


Trains will only run between Edinburgh and Newcastle.




Southwestern Railway


the South

Southern drivers are not taking part in this strike but the service between Tonbridge and Redhill will be reduced.

The engineering work also meant that there would be no trains to and from London Victoria.

Stansted Express

One train will run per hour between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport.


Transpenin Express

Very limited service will work.

This consisted of four trains each way between York and Manchester Piccadilly; three trains each way between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street; and two trains each way between Sheffield and Cleethorpes.

Transport for Wales

West Midlands Railway

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