Rail customers across the North and into Scotland are being asked to be prepared, with industrial action by both the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF) and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) planned for the start of February.
Strikes by both unions are planned to take place on 1 and 3 February 2023 and rail operator TransPennine Express (TPE) has issued guidance for people not to travel on these dates as it will be unable to run any trains.
Services will also be severely impacted on the days following each strike, with only a limited service running as well as services starting later and finishing earlier than usual, and those planning journeys on either the 2 or 4 February are asked to only travel if absolutely essential.
Kathryn O’Brien, Customer Service and Operations Director for TransPennine Express said:
“The fresh strike action planned for the start of February will once again, cause severe disruption to our services, as well as those across the country.
“Sadly, we won’t be able to run any trains at all on the strike dates, with a very limited timetable in place on the days following each strike and are urging our customers to follow the guidance provided.”
Anyone planning essential travel on the days after each strike is strongly advised to plan ahead, check their journey very carefully and allow extra time when travelling as further disruption is likely. Journey planners have been updated to reflect the changes to services over this period and the latest information on the strike impact can be found here.