In the coming weeks, train services are expected to be severely disrupted as train drivers take strike action.

The strikes come as the train drivers union Aslef confirmed that between Tuesday 30 January and Monday 5 February, action would go ahead.

Aslef shared that strikes are in a bid of the long-running pay dispute with 16 train companies across the UK.

Along with strike action, train drivers will also be under overtime from Monday, January 29 until Tuesday 6 February.

The strikes will not create national disruption as they are taking place over different days depending on region and train companies.

What days will the train drivers' strikes affect London?

The following strike days and affected companies are as follows: 

  • Tuesday 30 January: Southeastern, Southern, Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Thameslink, South Western Railway and SWR Island Line
  • Wednesday 31 January: Northern Trains, Transpennine Express
  • Friday 2 February: Greater Anglia, C2C, LNER
  • Saturday 3 February: West Midlands Trains, Avanti West Coast, East Midlands Railway
  • Monday 5 February: Great Western, CrossCountry, Chiltern

Although London is likely to be most affected on Tuesday 30 January, the region will also be impacted on fellow days on selected services that run to and from London.

Discussing the strike action, Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan said: “We have given the Government every opportunity to come to the table but it has now been a year since we had any contact from the Department for Transport. It’s clear they do not want to resolve this dispute.

“Many of our members have not had a single penny increase to their pay for half a decade, during which time inflation has soared and, with it, the cost of living."

Adding: "There is, frankly, no excuse for this nonsense. The Government and train operating companies (TOCs) should come to the table with a realistic offer so we can end this dispute and work together to ensure the future of our railways.”