New strike dates announced by train drivers’ union

Further strikes have been announced on UK rail services as part of a long-running pay dispute with 16 train companies.

Train drivers’ union ASLEF said that stoppages will run from Tuesday 30 January to Monday 5 February and will affect different operators each day.

Drivers will also refuse to work overtime between Monday 29 January and Tuesday 6 February.

The planned strike dates are:

Tuesday 30 January: Southeastern, GTR Southern/Gatwick Express, GTR Great Northern Thameslink, SWR Island Line, South Western Railway mainline and depot drivers

Wednesday 31 January: Northern Trains, Transpennine Trains

Friday 2 February: Greater Anglia, C2C, LNER

Saturday 3 February: West Midlands Trains, Avanti West Coast, East Midlands Railway

Monday 5 February: Great Western Railway, CrossCountry, Chiltern

Operators not involved in the industrial action, including ScotRail and Transport for Wales, are expected to run normal services.

The first strike in this 18-month dispute was in July 2022.

ASLEF has not heard from the Department for Transport in a year, according to the union’s general secretary Mick Whelan.

“Many of our members have now not had a single penny increase to their pay in half a decade, during which inflation soared and with it the cost of living,” Whelan said.

“There’s no excuse. The government and train operating companies must come to the table with a realistic offer so we can end this dispute and work together to ensure the future of our railways.”