Greater Anglia warns Suffolk travellers of weekend disruption in region caused by 24-hour strike and major engineering work
Greater Anglia is warning rail passengers of 'a weekend of disruption' ahead of a 24-hour strike and major engineering work.
This comes as ASLEF union train drivers are striking next Saturday (July 23) meaning around 90 per cent of Greater Anglia services will be cancelled.
On this day, there will be no services between Cambridge, Bishops Stortford and London Liverpool Street and no regional or branch line services.
A severely reduced service will run between Norwich and London Liverpool Street, Colchester and London and Southend Victoria and London and a less frequent service will run between Stansted Airport and London Liverpool Street. There will be no rail replacement bus service.
Sunday, July 24, will also see disruption affecting passengers travelling between London Liverpool Street and Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire as major engineering works are scheduled.
Network Rail is upgrading power at Pudding Mill Lane near Stratford to provide power for Elizabeth line services.
This will affect services to London on the Norwich and Southend Victoria lines. A rail replacement bus service will run between Ingatestone and Newbury Park and Billericay and Newbury Park.
Greater Anglia is carrying out work to extend platforms on the West Anglia line ready for its new longer ten-carriage trains. A rail replacement bus service will run between Waltham Cross and Bishop’s Stortford and between Waltham Cross and Hertford East.
Where trains are running on Sunday, they will start later than usual due to the strike, with most services starting between 07.00 and 07.30.
The company is urging people to avoid using their trains on Saturday during the strike and to expect rail replacement bus services to be very busy with long queues on Sunday.
Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director said: “We know that the weekend of 23/24 July is really busy – the start of the summer holidays, the Latitude Festival and other events in London.
“We are genuinely very sorry for all the inconvenience the strike will cause our customers, followed by major engineering works the following day when we anticipate more people might be travelling because they’re unable to make their journeys on Saturday.
“Negotiations to try to resolve the pay issue causing the ASLEF drivers’ strike are continuing at an industry level and we hope we can resolve this situation soon.”
Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said: “This work is vital to upgrade the railway to support new, longer trains for West Anglia passengers and to support the next stage of the Crossrail programme which will provide better connections across London.”
The exact timings of services due to be operated on the strike day are still being finalised. Timetables should be available by Wednesday next week.
Passengers can use tickets purchased for the Saturday on either the day before (22/07), the day after (24/07) or the following Monday (25/07). They can also change their ticket to a different date or get a refund.