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Train strike latest: will I suffer travel chaos?

Tube and rail strikes underway

Train delays

Planned train strikes go ahead on First Great Western services after last-ditch talks between rail and union bosses failed. A London Underground strike is also underway.

First Great Western (FGW) staff have begun a 48 hour from 18:30 Wednesday 8 July. 

The strike is affecting train services in London, the West Country and Wales. Disruptions are expected to reach their peak today  (Thursday 9 July).

A simultaneous 24-hour London Underground strike from 18:30 Wednesday is also taking place – with the entire underground network out of action. 

Unhappy with your rail company? Find out your rights in the event of train delays and cancellations.

Can I claim compensation?

Unfortunately not, as compensation doesn’t apply if delays, cancellations or poor service happened for reasons outside a train company’s control – such as industrial action.

But you can expect train companies to do all they can to assist passengers and get services back to normal as soon as possible after a strike.

If you don’t feel your train operator has done this then follow our train delay compensation advice.

Most tickets can be refunded if they are unused, but an administration fee is usually charged. 

If you are catching the train, be prepared to stand up or wait for longer periods of time. Check your journey for all the latest news before you travel.

Why are they striking?

FGW workers aren’t happy with the company’s plan to cut jobs and buffet cars on its new high-speed Inter City Express trains, set to come into operation in 2017.

Almost 20,000 London Underground workers are due to strike in a dispute over pay and new all-night tube services.

More train strikes to come?

Engineers at Southern rail are to stage a five-day walkout from 16:59 on Sunday 12 July after a breakdown in industrial relations.

Workers at Northern Rail have voted to strike over jobs and safety.

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