Rail strike, May 2015
The proposed national rail strike on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 May 2015 has been suspended.
June 2015 rail strikes announced
Keep informed about the June 2015 rail strike.
The May national rail strike has been suspended
The following information was intended to help passengers prepare for potential rail disruption.
Rail passengers should check with their train operators for the latest timetabling and ticketing information for Monday 25 May and Tuesday 26 May 2015.
Rail passengers and people travelling by road are urged to check if they will still be able to travel in the event that a national rail strike goes ahead on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 May 2015.
Keep informed of updates of the impact of the Network Rail strike on:
- National Rail services
- train operator services
- Abellio Greater Anglia
- Arriva Trains Wales
- Caledonian Sleeper
- Chiltern Railways
- East Midlands Trains
- First Great Western
- First Hull Trains
- First TransPennine Express
- Gatwick Express
- Grand Central
- Great Northern
- Heathrow Connect
- Heathrow Express
- Island Line
- London Midland
- Northern Rail
- South West Trains
- Stansted Express
- Virgin Trains
- Virgin Trains East Coast
- overground, underground, DLR and bus services provided by Transport for London (TfL)
- road journeys and traffic
You can also follow and report on the impact of the strike on twitter using the hashtag #IndustrialAction.
Preventing or minimising the disruption caused by the strike
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) and Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) trade unions working for Network Rail have announced that they are planning to take industrial action. Further talks between Network Rail and the trade unions continue this week, which may still lead to resolution of the dispute.
However, if the industrial action does go ahead it is likely to cause severe disruption to rail services on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 May. The impact will vary considerably by route. Rail passengers are strongly urged to check for the latest information on how the strike might affect their train journeys.
Rail engineering works that are cancelled or delayed as part of the industrial action may continue to impact journeys after the strike finishes on Tuesday 26 May.
Train companies have agreed to put in place special ticketing arrangements to make it easier for passengers to travel should the industrial action go ahead.
Disruption to rail services is likely to have a knock-on impact on the road network. The government has called on Network Rail, Highways England, TfL and local government to do all it can to keep Britain moving despite any strike action.
As a result:
- train operators will provide a limited service on key routes where practicable
- Highways England will remove or suspend almost 400 lane-miles of road works on motorways and A roads between 6.00am on Friday 22 May and 6.00am on Thursday 28 May to ease congestion
- Highways England will have extra traffic officer patrols and recovery vehicles on standby
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