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Train drivers' strike set to halt 90% of Greater Anglia services on Saturday July 2



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Strike action for 24 hours by train drivers is set to stop all services on the West Anglia line between Cambridge and London Liverpool Street on Saturday (July 2).

Train operator Greater Anglia is urging passengers to travel only if necessary as over 90% of its network – including trains for Audley End, Newport, Elsenham, Stansted Mountfitchet, Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth – will not run as a result of the industrial action by ASLEF (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen).

Where trains are operating, including the Stansted Express, there will be a severely reduced service and significantly fewer trains.

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There will be one train an hour, with the first and last trains from Stansted Airport to Liverpool Street at 5.22am and 9.42pm and from Liverpool Street to the airport at 4.10am and 9.55pm.

There will be no replacement buses.

Music fans travelling to the Guns ‘N Roses concert at Tottenham Hotspur FC’s stadium will not be able to get to or from the venue on Greater Anglia trains. Alternatives include using the Victoria line on the Underground or using London Overground. The strike will also affect people travelling to see Adele at Hyde Park on Saturday.

Adele .. (57610825)
Adele .. (57610825)

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said: “We know that many of our customers will have been looking forward to travelling on Saturday to see family and friends, for days out to the coast, for holidays and for the many concerts and sporting events in London.

“Unfortunately, it’s only possible to run a heavily reduced service and only on some routes, so please only travel if it’s absolutely necessary and make alternative arrangements if you can.

“We can’t replace all the trains not running due to the strike with rail replacement buses, so it will just be the limited train service running on Saturday.

“Work is continuing at an industry level to try to resolve the dispute as soon as possible. We are very sorry for the disruption this strike causes our customers.”

Greater Anglia train (57610742)
Greater Anglia train (57610742)

ASLEF has more than 21,000 members employed in passenger and freight train operating companies, as well as London Underground and some light rail services.

General secretary Mick Whelan said: “Many of our members have not had a pay rise since 2019. We will fight to maintain the pay, terms and conditions, and the pensions of our members.

"We are not naive. The train companies are doing very well out of Britain’s railways – with handsome profits, dividends for shareholders and big salaries for managers – and we are not going to work longer for less.

Stansted Mountfitchet Station, Stansted Mountfitchet. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (57610785)
Stansted Mountfitchet Station, Stansted Mountfitchet. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (57610785)

"We want a pay rise for train drivers who kept people and goods moving during the pandemic, in line with the cost of living, so that we are not, in real terms, worse off.”

The planned ASLEF action follows a week of disruption caused by three 24-hour walkouts by 40,000 RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers) members last Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (June 21, 23 and 25).

On Sunday (July 3) services will start later in the morning than usual as the ASLEF strike has a knock-on effect. A full revised timetable should be published on Thursday (June 30). Anyone who has booked tickets to travel on strike days can change them, use them to travel on the day before or up to two days after their original date, or apply for a refund.

Greater Anglia warns of distruption due to possible industrial strikes. (57610750)
Greater Anglia warns of distruption due to possible industrial strikes. (57610750)

Elsewhere on the Greater Anglia network, there will be no services running on Saturday July 2:

  • Between Norwich and Cambridge/Stansted Airport, Sheringham, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.
  • Between Ipswich and Cambridge, Peterborough, Felixstowe and Lowestoft.
  • Between Marks Tey and Sudbury.
  • All other branch lines – Hertford East to Broxbourne, Braintree to Witham, Southminster to Wickford, Harwich Town to Manningtree, Clacton/Walton-on-the-Naze to Colchester, Colchester Town to Colchester, Meridian Water to Stratford

A very limited and much reduced service – with fewer trains running and fewer seats available – will run on:

  • Norwich to Liverpool Street intercity service – six trains in each direction for the whole day, with first and last trains from Norwich at 7am and 7pm, and first and last trains from Liverpool Street at 9.30am and 9.30pm.
  • Colchester to Liverpool Street stopping service – one stopping train every two hours, plus six intercity services in each direction across the whole day with the first and last stopping services from Colchester at 6.43am and 8.43pm and from Liverpool Street at 8.30am and 10.30pm.
  • Southend Victoria to Liverpool Street – one train an hour with first and last trains from Southend Victoria at 4am and 11pm and from Liverpool Street at 5.36am and 12.50pm.

* Great Northern will be running its usual Saturday services between Cambridge and London Kings Cross.



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