Will train strikes affect London transport this week?

Further train strikes are coming to the UK this week, with walkouts by the RMT and Aslef planned for the end of May and beginning of June.

The disruptions will coincide a number of events including the FA Cup Final, Beyoncé’s upcoming tour and the Lord’s cricket Test match.

Several train lines in and around London will be impacted.

Here’s everything you need to know.

When are the next London train strikes?

Aslef members from 15 train companies will walk out on Wednesday May 31 and Saturday June 3.

The RMT strikes will affect staff at 14 train companies on Friday June 2.

Which London train lines will be affected?

The following train-operating companies will be affected, including many in and around London.

Avanti West Coast

c2c - (2 June only)

Chiltern Railways


East Midlands Railway

Gatwick Express

Great Northern

Great Western Railway

Greater Anglia

London North Eastern Railway

Northern Trains


South Western Railway


TransPennine Express

West Midlands Trains

The addition of the RMT strike means c2c, which runs from the City of London to south Essex, will also now be affected.

Normal service is expected on the London Underground, London Overground, and Elizabeth lines, but they are expected to be busier than usual.

Will there be Tube strikes?

At the moment, the RMT Union is re-balloting its members for strike action on the London Underground, and its current mandate to undertake strike action ends in June.

But, if members agree to further action, there might be Tube strikes in the near future.

Why are UK train workers striking?

The RMT and Aslef are fighting for a pay rise and improved working conditions.

Recently, Aslef dismissed a “risible” offer of a four per cent pay rise.

Mick Whelan, Aslef’s general secretary, said: “We do not want to go on strike — we do not want to inconvenience passengers, we have families and friends who use the railway, too, and we believe in investing in rail for the future of this country.

“But the blame for this action lies, fairly and squarely, at the feet of the employers who have forced our hand over this by their intransigence.

“It is now up to them to come up with a more sensible, and realistic, offer and we ask the government not to hinder this process.”

A Rail Delivery Group (RDG) spokesperson responded: “We urge the Aslef leadership to rejoin us at the negotiating table and work with us to find a solution to the issues our industry faces and so we can give our people the pay rise we have always said we wanted to do.”