GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 27: Pam Duncan-Glancy of Scottish Labour joins RMT supporters protesting outside offices of Network Rail as a nationwide strike called by the RMT Union was held today on July 27, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. 40,000 RMT rail workers will walk out for the second round of train strikes today. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

When will the next strikes on trains, metros and buses take place, and why workers will come out

Railway strikes have caused major disruption to travel this summer, with unions locked in a long-running dispute with National Rail over pay and working conditions.

Action by the Railway, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union led to the shutdown of the majority of rail services for several days in June and July, and the drivers’ union Aslef also staged walkouts.

Union leaders have slammed Network Rail’s ‘paltry’ wage offers and are seeking increases in line with inflation amid a cost of living crisis.

Further action is planned across the national rail networks in August, along with strikes across London’s Tube, Tube and bus services. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming strikes.

When are the rail strikes?

Unions have planned strikes for:

  • Saturday August 13
  • Thursday August 18
  • Saturday August 20

The strike of August 13 is organized by Aslef and brings together train drivers from nine railway companies:

  • Avanti west coast
  • Cross country
  • Greater England
  • Great Western Railway
  • Hull Undercarriages
  • LNER
  • aerial london
  • South East
  • West Midlands Trains

The strike is expected to affect football fans including Premier League games in Manchester, London, Birmingham and Brighton.

The RMT organized the strikes of August 18 and August 20.

These major walkouts are expected to include 40,000 workers – around 20,000 from Network Rail, including signaling and track maintenance workers – and the rest from 14 rail operating companies.

This means the scale of the disruption will likely be similar to the debilitating walkouts in June, which involved 13 operators.

Here are the companies involved:

  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross country
  • Greater England
  • LNER
  • East Midlands Railway
  • c2c
  • Great Western Railway
  • Northern Trains
  • South East
  • South West Railway
  • Trans Pennine Express
  • Avanti west coast
  • West Midlands Trains
  • GTR (including Gatwick Express)
  • aerial london
  • Great Western Railway
  • Hull Undercarriages
  • London North West Railway

National Rail has released a timetable for strike days, and you can check your trip with its planner here.

If you have a ticket to travel on August 13, you can use this ticket either the day before the date indicated on the ticket, or until Tuesday August 16 inclusive.

If you have a ticket to travel on August 18 or 20, you can use this ticket either the day before the date indicated on the ticket, or until Tuesday August 23 inclusive.

If your service has been cancelled, delayed or rescheduled, you will be entitled to a change or refund from the original retailer of your ticket.

Safer Strikes

When is the metro strike?

London Underground workers are to stage a 24-hour strike on Friday August 19.

Surface workers employed by Arriva Rail London will stage a separate strike on the same day.

About 10,000 tube workers and 400 surface workers are due out.

The strike will last all day, causing significant disruption to commuters.

When is the bus strike?

Bus drivers, Unite union members and London United employees are due to strike on Friday August 19 and Saturday August 20.

The strike will include more than 1,600 workers based mainly in west London.

Drivers from Fulwell, Hounslow, Hounslow Heath, Park Royal, Shepherd’s Bush, Stamford Brook and Tolworth depots will exit.

The following routes will be affected by the action:


  • Lines: 33, 65, 71, 85, 281, 290, 371, 481, 671, 681, K3, N33 and N65


  • Lines: 110, 111, 117, 203, 419, E1, H22, H32, H37 and H98

Hounslow Heath

  • Lines: 105, 116, 216, 400, 411, 423, 635, 663, 696, 697, KU1, KU2 and KU3

Royal Park

  • Lines: 18, 220, 223, 224, 258, 266, 440, N18 and N266.

Shepherd’s Shrub

  • Lines: 49, 70, 72, 94, 148, C1 and N72

Stamford Creek

  • Lines: 9, 211, 272, 283, E3, H91 and N9


  • Lines: 265, 293, 404, 406, 418, 465, 467, 470, 613, 662, 665, K1, K2, K4 K5 and S3

Why are the workers striking?

The railway strikes come after union leaders rejected Network Rail’s ‘paltry’ offer of a 4% pay rise, another 2% next year and another 2% on condition of achieve “modernization milestones”.

Instead, they demanded a rise in line with inflation, which stands at almost 10%.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said workers were “more determined than ever” to secure their demands.

He claimed Network Rail ‘made no improvement’ to its previous wage offer and ‘raised the bar’ by threatening workers with compulsory redundancies.

“Network Rail always seeks to impoverish our members when we have earned in some cases double what they offer, with other rail operators,” he added.

“Railway operating companies remain stubborn and refuse to make any new offers that deal with job security and wages.

“The strike is the only avenue open to us to make it clear to both the rail industry and the government that this dispute will continue for as long as it takes, until we achieve a negotiated settlement. .”

Network Rail chief negotiator Tim Shoveller said the RMT had ‘walked away from ongoing and constructive talks’ and made ‘quite clear that its political campaigning took precedence over representing the interests of its members’.

The tube workers must withdraw in a dispute over pensions and the Overground workers go on strike for wages.

Bus drivers are on strike in a separate pay dispute.

On the bus strikes, Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “The workers’ parent company, RATP, is fabulously wealthy and can fully afford to pay our members a decent pay rise.

“Unite members play a crucial role in keeping London moving and they will not accept to see their remuneration constantly eroded.

“Unite does what it says on the union tin and always stands up for the jobs, wages and conditions of its members. Our London United members will receive the full support of the union until this dispute is resolved and a fair pay offer is secured.

It comes after they were offered a pay rise of 3.6% in 2022 and 4.2% next year – well below inflation.

A TfL spokesman said: “The strikes are bad news for everyone, and we urge Unite and RATP to reach an agreement and avoid the need for industrial action.”

When will the next strikes on trains, metros and buses take place, and why workers will come out

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