Who is on strike today and how will it affect you? Update for March 18

Train services are being hit by strike action again.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) Union of train operators will walk out on Saturday in a long-running dispute over wages, jobs and conditions.

Many operators will only run trains during limited hours.

Those not involved in the dispute will not see a major impact, but their services could be busier than normal due to schedule cuts elsewhere.

Here’s a breakdown of each carrier’s plan:

– Avanti West Coast

One train per hour will run in both directions between London Euston and each of Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Preston.

A limited service will operate to and from Glasgow.


No major impact.

– Caledonian Sleeper

No major impact.

– Chiltern Railways

No trains will run north of Banbury.

There will be one train per hour in both directions between London Marylebone and Aylesbury/Aylesbury Vale Parkway, Banbury and Oxford.

– Cross country

There will be no direct services to and from Birmingham New Street and places like Cambridge, Cardiff, Nottingham, Peterborough, Plymouth and Stansted Airport.

– East Midlands Railway

Only one train per hour will run in each direction between Leicester and Lincoln, Nottingham and Sheffield, and between London St Pancras and Kettering and Corby.

There will be the same frequency between Derby and Matlock; and between Nottingham and Derby, Sheffield, Mansfield Woodhouse and Grantham.

– Elizabeth Line

Services will start later than normal.

– Gatwick Express

There will be no services, but Southern will operate trains between Gatwick Airport and London Bridge.

– Great center

No major impact.

– Great North

There will be very few trains, with no services east from Ely to King’s Lynn.

– Great Western Railway

Trains will run between London Paddington and each of the Bristol Parkway, Cardiff, Exeter via Bristol Temple Meads, Newbury and Oxford.

The only other routes open will be between West Ealing and Greenford, Slough and Windsor, Maidenhead and Marlow, Twyford and Henley, Reading and Basingstoke, Cardiff and Westbury, and Plymouth and Newton Abbot.

– Great Anglia

Some routes will have a reduced frequency, but many will have normal or near-normal service.

– Heathrow Express

No major impact.

– Hull trains

No major impact.

– London North East Railway (LNER)

There will be limited hours in operation.

This includes the London King’s Cross-Edinburgh route, which has a total of just 16 trains in both directions.

– London North West Railway

A limited schedule will operate on these routes only: between Birmingham New Street and each of Northampton via Coventry, Birmingham International via local stations and Crewe.

Services will also run between London Euston and Northampton.

– London subway

No major impact.


No major impact.

– Merseyrail

No major impact.

– From North

Trains will only run between Leeds and each of York, Hebden Bridge, Ilkley, Skipton, Sheffield and Bradford Forster Square, and between Darlington and Saltburn, and Liverpool and Manchester Airport.


No major impact.

– South Western Railway

There will be a significantly reduced service and only between London Waterloo and Hounslow and Woking, and between Basingstoke and Southampton, Guildford and Woking, and Salisbury and Basingstoke.

– Southeast

There will be no trains on the vast majority of the network in Kent and East Sussex.

There will be two trains per hour in each direction for most of Saturday on these lines: Bexleyheath, Bromley North, Bromley South, Sidcup and Woolwich.

On the high speed line there will be two trains per hour to and from Ashford International and four per hour to and from Ebbsfleet International.

On the Sevenoaks line there will be two trains per hour to and from Sevenoaks and four per hour to and from Orpington.

– From the south

Due to engineering work, there will be very few local stopping services in South London.

No trains will serve Clapham Junction or Victoria, with most diverting to London Bridge.

– Stansted Express

Services will run between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport from 7:00am to 11:00pm


Services will split north-south, with nothing between London St Pancras and London Bridge.

– Transpennine Express

It will operate a reduced schedule and only on these routes: between Huddersfield and York, Manchester Airport and Preston, and Cleethorpes and Sheffield.

– Transport for Wales

Transport for Wales is not involved in the industrial action, but some of its services will be extremely busy as other operators have reduced timetables.

– West Midlands Railway

A limited schedule will operate on these routes only: between Lichfield Trent Valley and Redditch/Bromsgrove via Birmingham New Street, and between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton via local stations.

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