Huge swathes of Britain are without any rail services this week with coordinated strikes bringing the country’s transport network shuddering to a halt after last-ditch talks failed to resolve a dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.
Major transport hubs across the UK will today see a significantly reduced service, with the public warned to only travel by train if their journey is necessary.
A reduced service will also run tomorrow on Thursday, July 28 with some trains starting later than normal.
Which trains are operating on strike days?
Avanti West Coast
Avanti West Coast will be announcing their revised timetable as soon as possible and will provide more information on this once it has been announced.
A reduced service will be running from 7:30am to 6:30pm, resulting in less than a third of normal service levels.
Two trains per hour will run from London Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness via Laindon, with the same number of trains running from London to to Pitsea via Rainham. No trains will run via Ockendon or Chafford Hundred.
Though Caledonian Sleeper staff are not themselves participating in the strike, the action will still affect operations. As a result, all services scheduled on Wednesday 27 July are cancelled.
Chiltern are advising customers they will be running an extremely limited service, without a replacement bus service.
As a result, only one train per hour will run from London Marylebone to Oxford Parkway, Banbury, Aylesbury and between Aylesbury Vale Parkway and Amersham respectively.
The service will run between 8am and 5pm, with no trains running north of Banbury.
CrossCountry say they will be running a severely limited service, warning that customers should only travel where necessary.
On July 27, there are no services northbound to Birmingham New Street from Southampton until 8.10am and there are no services from Birmingham New Street to Southampton after 3.04pm. There is a very reduced service between Plymouth-Bristol-Birmingham-Edinburgh on July 27 and disruption on all journeys across the country on July 28.
Services between Birmingham and Leicester are slightly reduced on July 27.
East Midlands Railway
Only one train per hour will run Nottingham-London and Sheffield-London. Away from the capital, only one train per hour will run from Nottingham to Derby and Leicester respectively.
There will also be one train running per hour between Derby and Matlock.
A reduced service will also run on Thursday, July 28 with services beginning at 7am and disruption throughout the day.
London’s newly-minted rail service will be affected by the strikes, with only two trains per hour running from London Paddington to Reading and Heathrow respectively.
To the east of the capital, a reduced service will run before 5pm. 12 trains will run every hour from Paddington to Abbey Wood before that number drops to six after 5pm.
Only two trains will run every hour between 7:30am and 5:30pm from London Liverpool Street to Shenfield.
All Gatwick Express trains are cancelled on Wednesday, July 27.
Only three trains will run between London and Sunderland on July 27, with all services beginning and ending in Northallerton.
On the western side, again only three trains will run, with services beginning and concluding at Wakefield Kirkgate. The only stop on those services will be Doncaster.
Two trains per hour will run between London Bridge and Brighton on July 27 on the Great Northern and Thameslink routes. This will also be the case for journeys from London Bridge to Gatwick Airport and Three Bridges.
From London St Pancras International, two trains per hour will run to both Bedford and Luton.
One train per hour will run between London King’s Cross and Ely, and there will be an additional train between Cambridge and Ely once an hour. There will also be one train per hour running between King’s Cross and Cambridge, with two per hour for journeys from King’s Cross to Peterborough, Welywn Garden City and Stevenage via Hertford North.
On July 28 trains will start from 7:00am and run on a Sunday service.
Great Western Rail
Significant disruption will occur on Great Western Rail, with no services running in Cornwall, Devon, South Wales or on the Wessex mainline on Wednesday, July 27.
A significantly reduced service will only run between London Liverpool Street and Norwich, Colchester, Southend Victoria and Cambridge.
The Stansted Express will run, but also with a reduced service during part of the day.
A reduced half-hourly service will run between 7:30am and 6:30pm on July 27.
Services will operate between Doncaster and London Kings Cross only between 7:30am and 6:30pm.
A normal service will run as there is no strike action.
LNER will be running a reduced service of two trains per hour between Edinburgh and London, and one train per hour between Leeds and London.
London Northwestern Railway
A limited service will only run between Crewe – Birmingham New Street and London Euston – Birmingham New Street between 7:30am and 6:30pm.
There will be significant disruption on the London Overground. On July 27, there will be no service between Romford and Upminster, Barking and Barking Riverside, Surrey Quays and New Cross; and Kilburn High Road and Euston. There will be no service between Camden Road and Stratford until 12.00pm and no service between Sydenham and Crystal Palace until 10.00am.
On July 28, a minimal service will be running, with normal service restored around midday, while on July 30, no service will run.
Only one departure on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 at 12.41pm.
There is reduced service from King’s Cross, Morpeth, Newcastle and Edinburgh on July 27 and 28.
On July 27, Merseyrail will be impacted by staff shortages, running an hourly service calling at selected stations only between 7.30am and 6.30pm.
There will be no trains from Chester and Ellesmere Port and no service on the Hunts Cross line.
On July 27, there is minimal disruption between Darlington and Saltburn. There is disruption between Liverpool and Alderley Edge services, and on the York-Leeds route, no trains will depart or arrive at Ulleskelf and Church Fenton.
There are serious disruptions on the route between Ilkley and Leeds or Bradford Forster Square, as well as on the route from Skipton to Leeds.
On the Sheffield-Leeds route there is minimal disruption, with regular trains from Leeds to Sheffield starting at 7.48am as well as hourly trains between Leeds and Bradford Forster Square.
No other services will run.
ScotRail will run a very limited service on July 27 between 7.30am and 6.30pm, with two trains per hour between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Falkirk High; two trains per hour between Edinburgh and Bathgate; two per hour between Glasgow and Hamilton/Larkhall; and two per hour for Glasgow-Lanark.
There will be one train per hour between Edinburgh and Glasgow via Shotts.
South Western Railway
A severely limited service will run between 7:15am and 6:30pm on some routes on July 27, with the rest of the network closed. Trains which are running are expected to be very busy.
There are two trains an hour in both directions between London Waterloo and Southampton Central, as well as two per hour between London Waterloo and Basingstoke.
There will be four trains an hour in both directions between London Waterloo and Woking, and four per hour between London Waterloo and Windsor, also running in both directions.
On July 27, travellers are warned to expect severe disruption, with only 44 out of 180 stations open and no rail replacement bus services in operation. The last trains back to London will also run much earlier than usual, and passengers may also be unable to board trains where a limited service is running, especially at Ashford and Ebbsfleet.
On July 28, no services will run before 7.00am and there will be no service at all on July 30.
On July 27, two trains per hour will run between London Victoria and Brighton; London Bridge and Brighton; London Bridge and Gatwick Airport; and between London Bridge and Three Bridges.
There will also be limited service between London Victoria and Sutton, Epsom Downs and West Croydon.
On July 28, services will start from 7.00am and a Sunday service will operate.
A very limited service will run on July 27, with just five departures each departing from Preston to Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport throughout the day. There are also disruptions on the route between Manchester Piccadilly and York, and on the Newcastle-Edinburgh route.
There is also limited service between Cleethorpes and Sheffield.
Transport for Wales
On July 27, a reduced service will run between Cardiff Central and Treherbert, Aberdare, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, while an hourly shuttle service will run between Cardiff and Newport from 7.30am to 6.30pm.
No other services will run.
West Midlands Railway
A limited service will run on July 27 between 7.30am and 6.00pm, with one train per hour between Lichfield Trent Valley and Redditch; one train per hour between Lichfield Trent Valley and Bromsgrove each way, while from 5.00pm, departures from Lichfield Trent Valley will only run as far as Birmingham New Street.
Additional morning services will run between Birmingham New Street–Redditch and Birmingham New Street-Lichfield Trent Valley.
There will be one train in each direction between Wolverhampton and Birmingham New Street, calling at all local stations, and one train per hour in each direction between Birmingham New Street and Crewe.
Services to and from Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International, as well as between Birmingham New Street-Northampton will run hourly in each direction.
On July 28, morning services will resume later on most routes.
On Saturday July 30 no services will operate.