Greater Anglia service alterations due to industrial action: 29 July and 31 July – 5 August 2023


Greater Anglia customers are advised to check before they travel due to industrial action taking place this weekend (Saturday 29 July) and next week (Monday 31 July to Saturday 5 August).

The RMT trade union has announced strike action on Saturday 29 July. As a result, trains will be running across the company’s network between 07:00 and 23:00, with many routes having a normal or near normal service between those hours, but some routes having a reduced frequency and certain routes seeing no services at all.

The services which will not run at all are as follows:

  • Ipswich – Felixstowe
  • Manningtree – Harwich Town
  • Colchester – Walton-on-the-Naze via Colchester Town
  • Bishop’s Stortford – Stratford
  • Hertford East – London Liverpool Street
  • Meridian Water – Stratford

A summary of the service patterns for each route on 29 July are provided at the end of this release and more details are available on the Greater Anglia website.

Separate industrial action short of a strike, called by the ASLEF trade union, will affect the Greater Anglia network between the start of Monday 31 July and the end of Saturday 5 August inclusive.

It means there will be a small number of cancellations on most Greater Anglia routes while the action takes place.

A full list of the trains that will be cancelled from 31 July to 4 August inclusive is provided on the Greater Anglia website. 

Alterations for Saturday 5 August are still being worked on and will be published as soon as possible.

Action short of a strike has also been announced by ASLEF for Monday 7 August to Saturday 12 August. This action is likely to have a similar impact to next week’s action, i.e. a small number of cancellations on most routes, but details will be confirmed as soon as they are available.

On all days affected by industrial action there is a risk of short notice service alterations or cancellations.

Other train operators are also affected by both sets of industrial action.

Passenger assistance arrangements will be available as usual on all days, but anyone requiring assistance should plan their journey and book assistance in advance if possible.

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia’s managing director, said: “While the majority of services will be running as normal during the periods affected by industrial action, there will be some alterations and cancellations across our network, plus some routes where no trains will run at all on 29 July.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by these service alterations and advise customers to plan ahead and check before they travel.”

Customers can find all train times by using journey planners on either National Rail Enquiries or

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