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National Rail strike: Only travel if your journey is essential on Southern and Thameslink on 27 July and morning after

  • RMT members at Network Rail and UK train operators striking on Wednesday 27 July
  • Very few trains – crowding and delays expected
  • No service at all on many lines south of London, with a late start-up (7.30am or later) and early finish (from as early as 4.30pm up to 6.30pm) across the network
  • Anyone trying to travel should check first and last trains for their specific station 
  • Late start-up from around 7.15am the day after (28 July) and an amended service

Passengers should travel only if absolutely necessary on Southern, Great Northern and Thameslink on Wednesday 27 July and the morning after due to next week’s strike by RMT members at Network Rail and UK train operators.

Operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will be running the same service plan as for the last strikes in June and warns there will be very few trains, with crowding expected, particularly on last trains, and possible delays. Gatwick Express will not operate although the airport will have a limited Southern and Thameslink service.

There will be no service at all on many lines south of London or on the route between Cambridge and King’s Lynn (see map below). Trains will start running at around 7.30am and finish between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.

The next morning, on Thursday 28 July, services will start at around 7.15am or later, and there will be an amended service on that day. Morning trains are likely to be very busy. Customers are recommended to travel later, plan their journeys and check again before travelling.

Strike action by the drivers’ union ASLEF at neighbouring train operators is also likely to affect GTR services on Saturday 30 July.

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