A massive train strike involving train staff, maintainers and signallers and other staff at Network Rail and at least 13 of the train operators has been called by the RMT union throughout the UK, which coincides with actions by the ASLEF union in Scotland which has already caused an Emergency Timetable in Scotland.
Exact days of the strikes have not yet been announced it is expected that mid-June onwards is most likely in the RMT strike.
When the signalers go on strike nothing, passenger, freight, or maintenance will move on the rails. They have a role similar but different to Dispatchers in the US.
Watch this space for updates as I get them, and we have a few others here who also know British trains and may chip in.
Voting for strike action and action short of strike:
• Avanti West Coast
• East Midlands Railway
• Greater Anglia
• Great Western Railway
• Network Rail
• South Western Railway
• TransPennine Express
• West Midlands Trains
Voting for action short of strike:
• Govia Thameslink Railway including Gatwick Express
(GTR just above include Southeastern (including to Canterbury), Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express)
Updates will appear below...
June 3 - tube strike back on, see below, no train strike news
June 7 - 3 days announced initially, 21, 23, 25 June
June 10 - in addition to TSSA strike added in the thread, the main train driver (think Engineer in US) union ASLEF has announced 3 strikes to start:
Croydon Tramlink Aslef drivers in in south London will strike from 12.01am on Tuesday 28 June until 11:59pm on Wednesday 29 June and from 12.01am on Wednesday 13 July until 11.59pm on Thursday 14 July 2022.
Greater Anglia will be on strike between 12.01am and 11:59pm Thursday 23 June 2022
Hull Trains Driver Members will be on strike between 12.01am and 11.59pm on Sunday 26 June.
also 10 June, more detail on one of the potential strikes by TSSA in late July, see detail in the thread about East Midlands Trains, Cross Country Trains and West Midlands Trains.
14 June, the strikes are still on, and TSSA Union has now started balloting more than 6,000 Network Rail workers for strikes after these, which could again bring the trains to a complete or nearly complete halt
14 June part 2 - see below for London purgatory this summer
15 June, contingency plan at bottom of thread, perhaps 20 percent or less total of trains to run but only in some parts of the country