UK rail strikes travel advice and booking info

Last update: Friday 24th June 2022

What the rail strikes mean for your upcoming journey

Rail strikes have been announced for Tuesday 21st, Thursday 23rd and Saturday 25th June 2022. During those days there will be significantly fewer trains running. There will also be a reduced service across the network on Wednesday 22nd, Friday 24th and Sunday 26th June. A normal service is expected to resume from Monday 27th June.

If you think the rail strikes might affect your upcoming journey, we’re here to support you and will contact you with details of any changes to the train you’ve booked.

If you’ve booked with us and your train has been cancelled or rescheduled, you will be entitled to a fee-free refund if you choose not to travel, or you can rearrange your trip without a fee.

If your train is unaffected by the strikes but your plans have changed, an admin fee may apply. You can check individual train operator updates further down the page.

Season ticket holders: If you're a Season Ticket holder (monthly or longer), you can claim 100% compensation through Delay Repay for strike days. You'll need to claim this directly via the train operator your Season Ticket is for.

Check train times

Worried about rail strikes affecting your journey?

You can check general disruptions to services on our disruption information page.  

Change your ticket

Want to amend your booking? If you have purchased a UK Advance ticket and are due to travel before 30th September 2022, you can re-arrange your trip without a fee.

Check out our guide to fee-free changes on UK trains to find out how to amend your booking today.

Ticket validity

Validity of tickets for travel on strike days (excluding Season Tickets) has been extended to the day before, or up to and including Tuesday 28th June.

Please note that if you're travelling through London and your ticket includes the London Underground, it may not be valid on Underground services on an alternative date.

Individual train operator updates

The following train operators have announced specific changes that apply to their services.

If you’ve booked a ticket for an Avanti West Coast service between the 21st and the 26th of June, you’re entitled to a full no-fee refund.

Alternatively, if you have an existing ticket for travel from Monday 20th June to Sunday 26th June, you can use those tickets to travel anytime between now and the 27th June.

You can find more details on the services Avanti West Coast will be running during the strike period here.

If your train is still running but you'd prefer not to travel, fill out our refund request form here.

 

You can find more details on the services Caledonian Sleeper will be running during the strike period here.

 

If you've booked a ticket for a CrossCountry service for one of the strike dates, then your ticket can be used to travel at like-for-like times (e.g. Off-Peak tickets only valid of Off-Peak services) from Wednesday 8th to Monday 20th June. 

You can find more details on the services CrossCountry will be running during the strike period here.

If you’ve booked a ticket for a Great Western Railway service for one of the strike dates, you’re entitled to a full no-fee refund.

You can find more details on the services Great Western Railway will be running during the strike period here.

If your train is still running but you'd prefer not to travel, fill out our refund request form here.

You can find more details on the services Greater Anglia and Stansted Express will be running during the strike period here.

If you've booked a ticket for a Eurostar service during the strike period and your train is cancelled, you’re entitled to a full no-fee refund. Alternatively, you can change your journey to another day.

If you’ve booked a ticket for a Hull Trains service on Tuesday 21st, Thursday 23rd, Saturday 25th or Sunday 26th June, you’re entitled to a full no-fee refund or you can change your travel date to 7 days either side of your original booked date.

You can find more details on the services Hull Trains will be running during the strike period here.

If your train is still running but you'd prefer not to travel, fill out our refund request form here.

You can find more details on the services London Northwestern Railway will be running during the strike period here.

 

If you’ve booked a ticket for a Northern service between Tuesday 21st and Sunday 26th June, you’re entitled to a full no-fee refund.

You can find more details on the services Nothern will be running during the strike period here.

If your train is still running but you'd prefer not to travel, fill out our refund request form here.

If you’ve booked a ticket for a ScotRail service for one of the strike dates, you’re entitled to a full no-fee refund.

You can find more details on the services ScotRail will be running during the strike period here.

If your train is still running but you'd prefer not to travel, fill out our refund request form here.

If you’ve booked a ticket for a Southeastern service for one of the strike dates, you’re entitled to a full no-fee refund.

If your train is still running but you'd prefer not to travel, fill out our refund request form here.

You can find more details on the services Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern and Gatwick Express will be running during the strike period here.

If you’ve booked a ticket for a Transport for Wales service between Tuesday 21st and Saturday 25th June, you’re entitled to a full no-fee refund.

Alternatively, if you've booked a ticket for travel on one of the strike dates, your ticket will be valid for travel anytime between Monday 20th and Monday 27th June.

You can find more details on the services Transport for Wales will be running during the strike period here.

If your train is still running but you'd prefer not to travel, fill out our refund request form here.

 

You can find more details on the services c2c will be running during the strike period here.

You can find more details on the services Chiltern will be running during the strike period here.

You can find more details on the services East Midlands Railway will be running during the strike period here.

You can find more details on the services Grand Central will be running during the strike period here.

You can find more details on the services Heathrow Express will be running during the strike period here.

If you've booked a ticket for an LNER service and it's been cancelled or the time has changed, you can still travel with your existing ticket as close as possible to the original travel date and time. You can make a free seat reservation with LNER here.

Alternatively, if you’ve booked an Advance ticket and want to rearrange it to a time outside of the strike period, you can re-arrange your trip without a fee. Check out our guide to fee-free changes on UK trains to find out how to amend your booking.

You can find more details on the services LNER will be running during the strike period here.

If your train is cancelled, you are entitled to a fee-free refund, or you may travel on any other Lumo service from Saturday 18th to Thursday 30th June, but must make a seat reservation

Seat reservations can be made via their Twitter account @lumotravel or at stations.

If you've booked a ticket for a South Western Railway service for travel between Tuesday 21st and Sunday 26th June, then your ticket can be used to travel at like-for-like times (e.g. Off-Peak tickets only valid on Off-Peak services) from Monday 20th to Tuesday 28th June. 

You can find more details on the services South Western Railway and the Island Line will be running during the strike period here.

If you’ve booked a ticket for a TransPennine Express service for one of the strike dates, you’re entitled to a full no-fee refund.

Alternatively, your ticket will be valid for travel the day before and up to 2 days after the date of a strike.

You can find more details on the services TransPennine Express will be running during the strike period here.

If your train is still running but you'd prefer not to travel, fill out our refund request form here.

You can find more details on the services Transport for London will be running during the strike period here.

You can find more details on the services West Midlands Railway will be running during the strike period here.

FAQs

When is the train strike?

Rail strikes have been announced for Tuesday 21st, Thursday 23rd and Saturday 25th June 2022.

How can I check if my train is running?

You can check the latest updates on rail service in the UK on our disruption information page.