Due to RMT national strike action on Tuesday 21, Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 June 2022 across Network Rail and 13 train operating companies (TOCs). Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) there will be no rail services from King's Lynn.
Although Great Northern employees did not vote to strike, the strike action includes partners on whom GTR operations rely on, like Network Rail’s signallers or other train operators who manage stations at which services stop.
There will be no trains from King's Lynn to Ely or replacement bus services.
Frequently asked questions
When are the strikes?
Industrial action by the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union (RMT), is due to take place from Tuesday 21 June (from 00:01) impacting the train service through to Sunday 26 June. Planned industrial action will also impact the service on ‘non-strike’ days (Wednesday 22 June, Friday 24 June and Sunday 26 June) because signallers and control staff will not work overnight shifts that begin on the strike dates.
Consequently, the railway cannot open overnight or early the following morning after a strike date. As a result, the earliest trains can start running is after 07:00. Therefore, disruption is expected throughout the week, and not just on the following advised strike dates: Tuesday 21 June (between 00:01 and 23:59) – please note there is also a planned London Underground strike on this day , Thursday 23 June (between 02:00 and 01:59) , Saturday 25 June (between 02:00 and 01:59)
Between Tuesday 21 June and Sunday 26 June inclusive, please only travel by rail if your journey is absolutely necessary and expect severe disruption. Check again before any necessary journeys before prior to travelling as there may also be changes on the day to the planned service. Ensure you have checked when your last train departs as there will be no alternatives once services end.
Who is striking?
RMT members carrying out specified roles within 13 train operators and Network Rail are striking. The strike of Network Rail signallers will affect all train operators and freight operators. RMT members at GTR did not vote to strike but voted to not work any overtime or rest days from Tuesday 21 June to Sunday 26 June inclusive.
Why are services affected on the days in between strike days?
Planned industrial action will impact the service on ‘non-strike’ days as the strike action affects shift ‘booking on’ times (the start time of a shift), meaning that the railway cannot open overnight or early the following morning after a strike date. As a result, the earliest trains can start running is after 07:00. The disruption from each strike day will have a knock on effect as the railway will be unavailable overnight meaning that trains and crew will not be in the correct locations to provide a normal service.
Will there be more strikes?
Negotiations are ongoing with the RMT and the industry hopes to be able to resolve the matter as soon as possible.
Will I be able to take my bike on your trains on Industrial Action days?
It is expected that the trains running on Industrial Action days will be very crowded. To maximise the space available for all customers, the cycle policy will remain in place on these days and it is encouraged that you not to travel with your bike.
Can I book Assisted Travel for my journey if it takes place on a day impacted by Industrial Action?
You will be able to book Assisted travel for services that will run on days impacted by Industrial Action but please note that train services are expected to be extremely busy and disruption is expected. If you have any queries or concerns, then please contact the Assisted Travel team. Upon arrival at the station please make yourself known to a member of staff.
Can I get a refund if I no longer want to travel due to Industrial Action?
If you bought your ticket from Great Northern, then they can arrange a refund for you. If you bought your ticket from someone else, then you should go back to the original retailer of your ticket to arrange a refund. If you have a ticket on departure booking and you have not collected your ticket, please apply for a refund via the online refund form. The following information is based on the different ticket types in place, if you hold a paper ticket and you are not sure what type of ticket you have, please check the information printed on the orange stripe in the top left corner of the ticket for one of the following.