Train drivers’ strike to hit more than 90% of Greater Anglia services

Greater Anglia train company is advising people not to travel on its services on Saturday because of a strike by drivers in a dispute over pay.

The company said more than 90% of its services would not run because of the 24-hour action by members of train drivers’ union Aslef.

There will be no regional or branch line services and other services will be dramatically reduced.

Greater Anglia trains will not run between Cambridge North, Cambridge and London Liverpool Street. The Norwich-London Liverpool Street intercity service will be limited to six trains in each direction across the whole day, with the last train back to Norwich at 9.30pm.

The Colchester-London Liverpool Street and Stansted Express services will also have reduced hours and significantly fewer trains, with later start and earlier finish times than normal.

There will be no rail replacement buses to replace trains not running because of the strikes. Sunday services will start later in the morning than usual as the 24-hour strike has a knock-on effect into the next day.

People travelling to a Guns N’ Roses concert at Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium will not be able to get to the venue or back on Greater Anglia trains. The strike will also affect people travelling to see Adele at Hyde Park on Saturday, who are also advised to make alternative arrangements.

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said: “Please avoid travelling on our trains this Saturday. Unfortunately, with our drivers on strike, it’s only possible to run a heavily reduced service and only on some routes.

“We can’t replace all the trains not running due to the strike with rail replacement buses, so it will just be an extremely limited train service running on Saturday, so we strongly advise passengers to make alternative arrangements.

“We are very sorry for the disruption this strike causes our customers. We know that many of our customers will have been looking forward to travelling on Saturday to see family and friends, for days out to the coast, for holidays and for the many concerts and sporting events in London.

“Work is continuing at an industry level to try to resolve the dispute as soon as possible.”

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