UK railway round-up


This week’s roundup of news from the UK railway industry.

Hundreds of rail cleaners to strike in pay dispute

Hundreds of rail cleaners will go on strike on Wednesday in a dispute over pay.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) employed by outsourcing company Churchill will walk out for 24 hours.

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Rail services return to normal after days of storm disruption

Most train services returned to normal on Tuesday following several days of major disruption caused by severe weather.

Storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin wreaked havoc across Britain as lines were blocked due to flooding and fallen trees.

HRA 2022 Awards: Heritage rail’s big night out!

Railway historian and TV presenter Tim Dunn will be at the helm of The HRA 2022 Annual Awards Evening.

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Taking place on Saturday, March 19 in Birmingham, Tim is the special guest speaker at the ceremony, dubbed the Oscars of heritage rail.

More travel chaos as Storm Frankin hits rail and road journeys

Severe weather brought further chaos to transport networks on Monday with rail services decimated and major roads closed.

Many train operators urged passengers not to travel as lines are blocked by fallen trees and flooding caused by Storm Franklin.

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Latest Service Updates

Gatwick Express  – Gatwick Express services remain suspended until further notice.
Hull Trains – Hull Trains are currently running a reduced service, in line with passenger demand and current government advice.

Transport For London Status

If you need to travel this weekend, here are planned works that may affect your journey.

  • RMT STRIKE ACTION: There is planned strike action every Friday and Saturday night between 2030 and 0429 the following morning until Sunday 19 June.

Our transport network has never been cleaner. Imperial College London run monthly tests for coronavirus on the transport network and found no trace. You can read their recently published report.

Air continuously flows through all our trains, trams and buses. For example, on average, air in a Tube train changes every few minutes. Buses are fitted with air extraction and ventilation systems and we also leave windows open throughout the passenger area to keep a flow of fresh air.

Please continue to walk or cycle part of your journey where possible. If using public transport, travel during quieter times if you can. This will make social distancing easier. The quieter times to travel are:

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  • Between 08:15 and 16:00 and after 17:30 on weekdays
  • Before noon and after 18:00 on weekends

Our TfL Go app can help you plan your journey and show the quieter times to travel. 

You must continue to wear a face-covering over your nose and mouth at all times when on the transport network, unless exempt. The overwhelming majority of people are complying with this requirement, and the British Transport Police, the Metropolitan Police and our own officers are on the network to check compliance. Fines of up to £6,400 exist for anyone who does not comply. 

Please also wash or sanitise your hands before and after travel.

London Underground Status

Due to the coronavirus, the following service changes will be in place until further notice. Please plan ahead and check before you travel.

  • DISTRICT LINE: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 February, no service between Earls Court and Wimbledon. Replacement buses operate.
  • NORTHERN LINE: From Saturday 15 January until mid May 2022, no service between Moorgate and Kennington due to major upgrade works.
  • TFL RAIL: Sunday 27 February, no service between Liverpool Street and Shenfield. Please use London Underground connections between Liverpool Street and Stratford. Replacement buses operate.

London Overground

  • Sunday 27 February, no service between Romford and Upminster. Please use local London Buses routes 165 248 and 370.
  •  Saturday 26 (from 2145) and all day Sunday 27 February, no service between Willesden Junction and Richmond. Use District line between Gunnersbury, Kew Gardens and Richmond.

Check before you travel and plan your journey ahead of time.

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