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Greater Anglia is advising people to only travel if necessary and to expect travel disruption as possible national rail strikes are set to heavily reduce train services next week, including Suffolk lines.

The RMT union is holding three 24-hour strikes on Tuesday, 21; Thursday, 23 and Saturday, 25 of June with members of the train drivers union ASLEF also striking on Thursday 23 June – affecting all Greater Anglia services.

The industrial action includes Network Rail signallers who are members of the RMT union.

The strikes will cause a halt to services on regional services including on lines between Ipswich, Felixstowe, Lowestoft and Sudbury, while a very limited service will operate on some routes to and from London Liverpool Street for part of the day.

Greater Anglia warns of disruption on lines, including Suffolk, due to possible industrial strikes next week. Picture: Greater Anglia
Greater Anglia warns of disruption on lines, including Suffolk, due to possible industrial strikes next week. Picture: Greater Anglia

If strikes go ahead, there will be no services running on the following routes on Tuesday 21, Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 June:

  • Between Norwich and Cambridge/Stansted Airport, Sheringham, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth
  • Between Ipswich and Cambridge, Peterborough, Felixstowe and Lowestoft
  • Between Marks Tey and Sudbury
  • All other branch lines: Hertford East to Broxbourne, Braintree to Witham, Southminster to Wickford, Harwich Town to Manningtree, Clacton/Walton-on-the-Naze to Colchester, Colchester Town to Colchester, Meridian Water to Stratford

A limited service, with fewer trains running and so fewer seats available will run starting at 7.30am and finishing at 6.30pm on the following routes:

  • Norwich to London Liverpool Street intercity service – one train an hour, with first and last trains from Norwich to Liverpool Street at 8am and 4pm, and first and last trains from Liverpool Street to Norwich at 8.30am and 4.30pm.
  • Colchester to London Liverpool Street stopping service – one stopping train an hour plus one intercity service an hour, with the first and last stopping services from Colchester to London Liverpool Street at 7.30am and 4.25pm and from London Liverpool Street to Colchester at 8am and 5pm.
  • Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street – two trains an hour with first and last trains from Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street at 7.30am and 5.13pm, and from London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria at 7.47am and 5.30pm.
  • Stansted Express Stansted Airport to London Liverpool Street – two trains an hour (reducing to one train an hour on Thursday 23 June, when train drivers are also on strike), with first and last trains from Stansted Airport to London Liverpool Street at 7.42am and 5.12pm and from London Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport at 8.10am and 5.40pm
  • Cambridge to London Liverpool Street – one train an hour with some possible further alterations on Thursday 23 June, when train drivers are also on strike, with the first trains from Cambridge to London Liverpool Street at 08.20 and 16.20 and from Cambridge North to London Liverpool Street at 9.13am and 4.13pm. First and last trains from Liverpool Street to Cambridge/Cambridge North at 8.25am and 4.25pm/3.25pm.

Full strike day timetables will be released on the Greater Anglia website on June 17.

The 24-hour strikes are expected to have a knock-on effect on services immediately before and after the days when strikes take place, so customers are advised to check before they travel on Monday, 20; Wednesday, 22; Friday, 24 and Sunday, 26 June.

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said: "Please only travel if it’s absolutely necessary on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday when strikes are due to take place.

"If you do travel, you should expect severe disruption, so plan ahead and make alternative arrangements to travel if you can. Please also check travel times for any journeys planned for the days before and after any strike action.

"We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused to customers by this industrial action."

Anyone who has a pre-booked tickets to travel on strike days can change them, use them to travel the day before or up to two days after their original travel date, or can apply for a refund through their original retailer where tickets were bought.