Is the Elizabeth Line affected by the train strikes on October 8?

Elizabeth Line trains will run seven days a week from the autumn  (TfL/PA)
Elizabeth Line trains will run seven days a week from the autumn (TfL/PA)

Drivers at 12 train operators walked out on October 5, affecting travel to and from the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.

Furthermore, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) have announced that more than 40,000 workers from Network Rail and 15 train operators will strike on October 8. The union said it would be “effectively shutting down the railway network”.

Workers have also already gone on strike on Saturday (October 1).

The RMT called strike action in a dispute over “job security, pay and working conditions”.

Mick Lynch said: “Proposals from Network Rail fell well short on pay and on safety around maintenance work. And the train-operating companies have not even made us a pay offer in recent negotiations.”

Aslef’s Mick Whelan said: “The drivers at the companies where we are striking have had a real-terms pay cut over the last three years since April 2019.

“And these companies are offering us nothing, saying their hands have been tied by the Government.

“That means, in real terms, with inflation running ahead at nine per cent, 10 per cent, and even 11 per cent this year, according to which index you use, that they are being told to take a real-terms pay cut. And that is not acceptable.”

Which train companies are impacted by the strike?

Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground, Northern, Southeastern , TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Trains (badged as London Northwestern Railway) will be affected.

Will the train strikes affect the Elizabeth Line?

On Saturday, October 8, services will run as follows:

West (Paddington-Reading/Heathrow)

Central (Paddington-Abbey Wood)

East (Liverpool Street-Shenfield)

  • Reduced service between Paddington and Reading/Heathrow

  • Trains will only operate between 7.40am and 5.14pm

  • Two trains per hour each to Reading, Heathrow T4, and Heathrow T5

  • Until 5.45pm: normal service

  • After 5.45pm: reduced service

  • Reduced service - two trains per hour

  • Services only running 7.30am-5.30pm