Large-scale walk outs will cause cancellations and delays on Wednesday and Saturday
Travel chaos is already blighting the UK ahead of a planned nationwide rail strike tomorrow.
The majority of trains from King’s Cross have been cancelled due to damage to the overhead electric wires between the London rail hub and Peterborough.
“All lines are blocked and are expected to remain so for the rest of day,” says train operator LNER.
“We are advising not to travel today, Tuesday 26 July, between London Kings Cross and Peterborough due to the severity of today’s disruption. We have also suspended all services from Leeds.”
It comes a day before a planned strike that will see around 40,000 rail staff walk out for 24 hours on 27 July.
Britain’s rail travellers are being urged to avoid using the train network tomorrow unless their journey is essential.
Network Rail has warned that only 20 per cent of services will run on Wednesday, with some parts of the country seeing no trains at all.
There will be no trains out of Blackpool, Portsmouth and Bournemouth on Wednesday, while the last London-Edinburgh service of the day will depart at 2pm.
12 Kings Cross services cancelled between 4pm and 6pm
A dozen train services due to depart Kings Cross have been cancelled as disruption caused by damage to overhead wires continues.
- The 16.06 to Lincoln
- The 16.12 to Ely
- The 16.27 to Bradford Interchange
- The 16.33 to Bradford Forster Square
- The 16.39 to King’s Lynn
- The 16.48 to Sunderland
- The 16.52 to Cambridge
- The 17.12 to Peterborough
- The 17.22 to Cambridge
- The 17.33 to Harrogate
- The 17.39 to King’s Lynn
- The 17.52 to Cambridge
Most incoming services from Sunderland, York, Cambridge, Harrogate, Kings Lynn, Edinburgh, Leeds, Ely and Lincoln to Kings Cross have also been cancelled, with most still running suffering delays.
First train strike cancellations start 5.30 tonight
Although the bulk of Wednesday train strike cancellations will occur between midnight tonight and midnight tomorrow night, some pre-emptive cancellations have been made ahead of the industrial action.
The overnight Caledonian Sleeper service has been cancelled to and from Euston on both Tuesday and Wednesday night.
The Grand Central 5.30pm service from Sunderland to Kings Cross has also been axed on Tuesday night, as well as an 8.30pm service from Kings Cross to Hull.
On Wednesday, Network Rail has warned: “People should only travel by train if they must, and if it is necessary, allow extra time and check when their last train will depart.”
Delays around Edinburgh’s Haymarket station following trespasser on track
ScotRail is seeing some delays around Edinburgh due to a trespasser on the track at Haymarket station.
“Due to trespassers on the railway at Haymarket all lines are closed. Train services running through this station may be cancelled, delayed or revised,” the operator tweeted earlier today.
At 3.15pm, the operator updated customers that: “Following trespassers on the railway earlier today at Haymarket all lines have now reopened.”
However, they informed passengers that there may be some knock-on delays from the incident.
UEFA Women’s Semi-Final ticket holders warned to avoid trains
UEFA is reminding football fans to double check their journeys and avoid travel travel to Milton Keynes for the women’s semi-finals on Wednesday. It is encouraging ticket holders to book coach travel instead.
“Reminder: rail strikes are taking place on Wednesday, July 27. Train travel for the #GER v #FRA semi-final won’t be possible on matchday,” reads a statment posted to social media.
“Additional coach services to Milton Keynes from London have become available and can be booked below.”
What time are the last trains during this week’s strikes?
The rail strike this week will see train services start later and finish earlier than normal.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union workers employed by Network Rail and 14 rail operators will take part in a one-day stoppage on July 27 while TSSA members at Avanti West Coast will also be on strike.
Here are the times of some of the last trains expected to run on Wednesday afternoon under the reduced services, according to Network Rail:
The latest rail strike will see services start later and finish earlier than normal.
‘Dangerously crowded’ trains as Kings Cross passengers cram onto services
Amid heavy disruption at London’s Kings Cross, customers have taken to social media to complain about overcrowding on some services running north from London.
“There are people forced to travel standing in the toilets on this train as it is dangerously overcrowded. This is unsafe, unsanitary, and it stinks!” passenger Charlie Wray wrote to Cross Country trains on Twitter.
“We are already over 30 minutes late, there are people with disabilities on this train unable to access the toilets because the corridors are blocked solid – ‘sorry’ isn’t good enough!” she followed up, when the operator apologised.
“I’m afraid there isn’t anything we can do about the crowding on board, lots of people are travelling today to avoid strike action tomorrow and we’re also carrying passengers from other train operators who have been affected by major disruption on trains to/from London Kings Cross,” Cross Country has responded.
Meanwhile East Midlands customer Rob Townsend wrote: “Well done to EMR for worst train journey ever, stood all the way from St Pancras to Sheffield with no air con and the Kings Cross passengers rammed on, despite seat reservations @EastMidRailway.”
King’s Cross apologises for disruption
Kings Cross Station has apologised for the current delays to services in and out of the station, and confirmed that disription is likely to last into the evening.
“We’re sorry for the ongoing disruption between #KingsCross and #Peterborough,” reads a statement posted on Twitter.
“We’re working to repair the overhead line equipment. Services are likely to be impacted for the rest of the day, so please check your journey at: nationalrail.co.uk”.
Trains cancelled from King’s Cross
The travel chaos has begun a day early after nearly all trains from King’s Cross have been cancelled today.
Damage to the overhead electric wires between London Kings Cross and Peterborough means lines are blocked and are expected to remain so for the rest of day.
“We are advising not to travel today, Tuesday 26 July, between London Kings Cross and Peterborough due to the severity of today’s disruption,” says operator LNER. “We have also suspended all services from Leeds.”
Some trains appear to be running:
- 14.48 to Edinburgh
- 15.00 to Stirling
- 15.03 to Leeds
- 15.25 to Middlesbrough
- 15.30 to Glasgow Central
- 16.00 to Aberdeen
- 16.03 to Leeds
Will London’s TfL and Tube services be affected by this week’s train strikes?
Two major transport strikes are set to cause widespread disruption across the UK this week.
The first, on Wednesday 27 July, will see 40,000 members of the RMT union walk out for 24 hours. This is expected to cause major cancellations and delays not just on Wednesday but into Thursday as the network struggles to recover from the staff shortages.
The second strike is on Saturday 30 July, when train drivers across eight rail companies who are members of the Aslef union walk out for 24 hours.
Passengers are being urged not to travel by train on these days unless absolutely necessary.
Both strikes have some impact on London’s transport network, operated by TfL. So which lines are likely to be affected? Here’s everything you need to know.
The London Overground is set to be wiped out all day by Saturday’s strike
Another union announces rail strikes as travel chaos looms
Another rail union has announced that its members will strike next month in response to the ongoing dispute over pay, job security and conditions.
Thousands of staff at seven rail operators – spanning those in operational, maintenance, supervisory and management roles – will walk out on 18 and 20 August, the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) said on Monday.
It is the first rail-industry wide industrial action taken by TSSA in more than a generation, demonstrating the strength of feeling over pay and job security as the cost-of-living crisis continues to bite, the union said.
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Thousands of staff at seven rail operating firms to walk out on 18 and 20 August, TSSA says