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Two Enfield railway lines shutting down during December train drivers’ strikes

Drivers working for Great Northern and Greater Anglia will stage a walkout on separate days next month

Great Northern train (credit Govia Thameslink)
A Great Northern train (credit Govia Thameslink)

Rail passengers in Enfield are facing more disruption with another round of strikes shutting down two routes in the borough.

The Hertford Loop run by Great Northern and the West Anglia Main Line operated by Greater Anglia will see no services for 24 hours, on different days.

The train drivers’ trade union, Aslef, is in a long-running dispute with rail operating companies over pay and conditions and recently announced fresh industrial action for early December. The strikes will be spread out over several days, with different rail companies being hit on each day.

In western Enfield, drivers for Great Northern and Thameslink, both owned by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), will strike on Sunday, 3rd December. As a result, there will be no rail services for the whole day at Crews Hill, Gordon Hill, Enfield Chase, Grange Park, Winchmore Hill and Palmers Green stations on the Hertford Loop, nor at Hadley Wood and New Southgate stations on the East Coast Main Line.

In eastern Enfield, a walkout by Greater Anglia staff on Tuesday, 5th December, will see all services at Enfield Lock, Brimsdown, Ponders End and Meridian Water stations cancelled.

However, the strikes do not affect Transport for London’s (TfL) services on the London Underground, London Overground or Elizabeth Line. TfL struck a 5% pay deal with Aslef for its tube drivers last month.


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Aslef train drivers have not had a pay rise since 2019. A 4% pay rise offer was rejected last year. In April this year, another offer was made that Aslef described as “risible”.

A Department for Transport spokesperson said: “It is disappointing that Aslef are targeting the public and hospitality businesses at the beginning of the festive period, when there is a fair and reasonable pay offer for train drivers on the table. Instead of going on strike, Aslef should be following in the footsteps of the other rail unions and giving their members a vote on this fair pay deal.”

Mick Whelan, Aslef’s general secretary, said: “We are determined to win this dispute and get a significant pay rise for train drivers who have not had an increase since 2019 while the cost of living, in that time, has soared.”

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia’s managing director, said: “We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by these service alterations and advise customers to plan ahead and check before they travel.”

For more information about Great Northern and Thameslink services during the industrial action:
Visit
greatnorthernrail.com/travel-information/plan-your-journey/industrial-action

For more information about Greater Anglia’s services during the industrial action:
Visit
greateranglia.co.uk/strikes


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