As you will be aware, the RMT trade union has announced that their members at Network Rail and 13 train operating companies, including TransPennine Express, will take strike action on 21, 23 and 25 June. The impact of this action, which includes signallers as well as train guards and other railway staff, will mean on days when strike action is taken the rail industry will only be able to operate a very reduced level of service for a limited period of the day and on a heavily restricted number of routes.
The strike action will also take in those RMT members due to book on for duty before 2359hrs on the 21, 23, and 25 June for duty running into the next day. This means Trans Pennine service provision on 22, 24 and 26 June will also be severely impacted.
On the days when RMT strike action is taking place they will only be able to operate 10% of our usual service, with large parts of the railway network unavailable for services. Trains that do operate on strike days will be heavily reduced and start/finish considerably later/earlier than normal.
Customers are advised that if they do travel, services are expected to be busy and to check the status of their service before arrival at the station. Some stations on the network will be closed and on routes where trains cannot operate as they are unable to provide any rail replacement transport. A dedicated page on our their website provides the latest information in relation to this strike action: https://www.tpexpress.co.uk/travel-updates/strike
The only routes which we will be operating a reduced service on 21, 23 and 25 June are:
• Edinburgh – Newcastle
• Manchester Piccadilly – York
• Manchester Airport – Preston
• Sheffield – Cleethorpes
Customers planning on travelling on days when strike action is taken are strongly advised to check the status of their service in advance as service alterations are possible. Refunds will be available to those who have booked travel on a strike day and cannot change to an alternative date. Bikes will not be permitted onboard TPE services on strike days.