Industrial action affecting rail services

Planned industrial action is set to have a major impact on rail and Tram Train services from Tuesday 13 December until Saturday the 7 January 2023.

  • The RMT union has announced industrial action will be taking place on Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14, Friday 16 and Saturday 17 December and on Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4, Friday 6 and Saturday 7 January affecting all rail companies that operate through South Yorkshire.
  • The UNITE union have confirmed its members will be taking strike action on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 December affecting East Midland Railway services.
  • RMT members at Network rail will strike from 18:00 on Saturday 24 December until 07:00 on Tuesday 27 December. This will have an impact on services in the late afternoon on the Saturday 24 December with no services running in the evening. Services will start later on the morning of Tuesday 27 December.
  • Industrial action may affect your Tram Train journey on a number of dates in December and January. Visit the Stagecoach Supertram webpage for more information.
  • An overtime ban is in place for 4 weeks across the railways for RMT members at Network Rail, TPE, LNER, EMR and Cross Country from Sunday 18 December until Monday 2 January reducing rail services. Customers are advised to check before they travel and leave extra time for disruption and short notice changes.

Customers are advised not to travel on strike days.

On strike days any services which do operate are expected to be extremely busy and operate a reduced timetable, starting later than usual and finishing earlier (before 19:00). 

On the day after the strikes a significantly reduced level of service will be in place and customers should expect some disruption to the advertised service levels. 

Customers should check before they travel and expect severe disruption.

More details on routes affected will be shared on the operators webpages: 

Operators are relaxing rules relating to ticket validity on strike days. Customers are advised to check with their operator as they may be able to travel before or after strike days or claim a full refund with no admin fee if they decide not to travel.

Most ticket offices across the region are expected to be closed, this will reduce the range of tickets available.

Plan ahead before you travel:

Buses in the South Yorkshire region will be running a normal timetable but, due to disruption on the rail network, services may be busier than normal.