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Rail services are set to be extremely limited on Saturday with disruption continuing into Sunday, Greater Anglia has warned.

The rail company, which serves Suffolk, is asking people to only travel if 'absolutely necessary', ahead of the third day of strikes on Saturday.

A Greater Anglia spokesperson said last trains will leave London by 5.30pm on Saturday, and there will be no trains, or rail replacement buses, back to the region in the evening.

Rail services are set to be extremely limited on Saturday with disruption continuing into Sunday, Greater Anglia has warned
Rail services are set to be extremely limited on Saturday with disruption continuing into Sunday, Greater Anglia has warned

It will be running a heavily reduced timetable with no trains on regional or branch lines.

The spokesperson said: "A skeleton service with far fewer trains and seats than normal will operate on some routes to and from London Liverpool Street, from 7.30am on Saturday, with last trains leaving London between 3.25pm and 5.30pm.

"It is possible that some stations may have to be closed at very short notice due to a lack of staff – in which case trains would not be able to call at them and there would be no rail replacement bus service to them either."

The rail company, which serves Suffolk, is asking people to only travel if 'absolutely necessary', ahead of the third day of strikes on Saturday
The rail company, which serves Suffolk, is asking people to only travel if 'absolutely necessary', ahead of the third day of strikes on Saturday

Passengers are being warned to expect severe disruption, to plan their journeys in advance and make alternative plans where possible, especially if they are going to concerts and festivals this weekend, including Suffolk's own Ed Sheeran at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening.

On Sunday, disruption from the 24-hour strike is expected to have a knock-on effect, with first trains starting later than usual, between just before 7am to 7.30am.

Full service is not expected to be restored until the early afternoon, with all normal Sunday evening services set to run as normal. Timetables can be found on the Greater Anglia website.

It comes as train drivers' union ASLEF has called another 24-hour strike among Greater Anglia train drivers for Saturday, July 2.

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

“If you do travel, you should expect severe disruption, so plan ahead and make alternative travel arrangements if you can.

“We will not be running any of our usual evening services, so if you’re going out to a festival, concert or event, please make alternative arrangements.

“We’re not replacing services cancelled by strike action with buses – after the last trains have departed there will be nothing available until Sunday morning, when services will be starting later as the effect of the strike ripples through to the next day.

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

“Work is continuing to try to resolve the dispute as soon as possible.”

The RMT industrial action on Saturday includes Network Rail signal and maintenance teams as well as Greater Anglia’s conductors, train cleaners, catering and station staff.

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

More information about how to apply for ticket changes or refunds can be found on Greater Anglia's website.

There will be no services running on the following routes on Saturday:

  • 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 very limited and much reduced 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, 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 with the first trains from Cambridge to London Liverpool Street at 8.20am and 4.20pm 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 4.25/3.25pm

The company will make an announcement about which services will run on Saturday, July 2 as soon as plans for that day are complete.