Skip navigation

Hello screen reader user. To ensure our website is continually improved and meets the needs of its visitors, we would like to hear your views about our website whilst using your screen reader. Please email your feedback to For more information please read our Accessibility statement. Thank you. Skip navigation

Check times & buy tickets
Outward Journey
Return date and time
Ticket types

Improvement works

Live service info



Station info


You are here: Home > Your journey > RMT industrial action

RMT industrial action

If you are travelling today, please visit and use the journey planner or live departure boards for the latest service information.

Last updated 10.30am 21 Feb

Travel advice during the RMT conductor strike

  • Wednesday 22 February 2017

What services will be affected?

Many services will operate to the normal timetable.

Gatwick Express will operate a full service between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport / Brighton.

Please check our map for details of planned alterations. Routes with an altered services are shown in brown or grey.

  • On routes shown in grey, there will be no Southern service. See below for details of ticket acceptance on alternative routes.
  • On routes shown in brown, you are advised that there will be a reduced service and you are advised to allow longer for your journey to avoid peak times if possible. 

Key alterations include:

  • No Southern services between Clapham Junction and Milton Keynes Central via Kensington Olympia / Watford Junction
  • No Southern service between Leatherhead and Guildford
  • No Rye – Ashford International shuttle services during the morning and evening peaks. However we plan to operate most services between Ashford International and Brighton. (Details below) We also plan to operate replacement buses between Rye and Ashford International.
  • Some trains between London Bridge and Brighton, Eastbourne or Littlehampton will not operate (details below)
  • Some services between Brighton and Seaford / Eastbourne / Hastings / Ashford and between Brighton and / Bognor Regis / Littlehampton / Portsmouth Harbour / Southampton Central will not operate (details below) and others will have fewer carriages than normal
  • Most services that only run between Brighton and Hove will not operate

The following replacement bus services will operate:

Between Ashford International, Rye and Hastings - please see our timetable PDF:

PDF Ashford International - Rye - Hastings

Trains which are planned NOT TO OPERATE:

  • As detailed above any services between Clapham Junction and Watford Junction / Milton Keynes WILL NOT RUN
  • As detailed above most Brighton – Hove / Hove – Brighton shuttle services WILL NOT RUN (however other services (except those listed below) between Brighton to and from stations along the coast towards Bognor Regis will operate, calling at Hove)

Services not running to / from London

  • 06.21 Eastbourne to London Bridge
  • 07:12 Eastbourne to London Bridge
  • 07:32 Brighton to London Bridge
  • 17:41 London Bridge to Littlehampton
  • 16:58 Brighton to London Bridge
  • 17:57 London Bridge to Brighton
  • 18:23 London Bridge to Eastbourne

Services not running between Rye and Ashford International 

  • 06:35 Ashford International to Rye
  • 07:06 Rye to Ashford International
  • 07:41 Ashford International to Rye
  • 08:14 Rye to Ashford International
  • 18:00 Ashford International to Rye
  • 18:31 Rye to Ashford International
  • 19:02 Ashford International to Rye
  • 19:33 Rye to Ashford International

Services not running between Hastings and stations to / from the East

  • 05:46 Hastings to Ashford International
  • 17:09 Hastings to Ashford International
  • 19:59 Ashford International to Hastings

Services not running between Brighton and stations to / from the West

  • 05:49 Bognor Regis to Littlehampton
  • 06:35 Littlehampton to Bognor Regis
  • 07:36 Bognor Regis to Littlehampton
  • 07:45 Littlehampton to Brighton
  • 08:01 Littlehampton to Brighton
  • 08:53 Brighton to West Worthing
  • 09:43 West Worthing to Brighton
  • 11:13 West Worthing to Brighton
  • 17:13 West Worthing to Brighton
  • 15:57 Littlehampton to Portsmouth & Southsea
  • 16:24 Brighton to West Worthing
  • 16:59 Portsmouth & Southsea to Littlehampton
  • 21:53 Littlehampton to Brighton

You are advised to avoid travelling at peak times and to allow extra time for your journey if at all possible.

How do I plan my journey?

National Rail journey planners will be updated to remove any trains which are not running from around 02:00 on Tuesday 21 February, so please visit and use the journey planner for service information. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of other journey planners. Alternatives if trains aren’t running or are limited on my route

Alternatives if trains aren't running or are limited on my route

Will you pay for taxis or provide replacement buses if there are no trains?
Please allow plenty of time for your journey. We will not be able to provide taxis. We have arranged ticket acceptance as listed below.

Can I use my ticket on other train operators’ services, the tube, London buses or local buses?
We have approached all transport operators that provide a service on affected routes and details of those that are able to accept are as follows:

  • Brighton & Hove Buses
    Brighton & Hove buses will accept rail tickets for any reasonable journey across their network
  • Great Western Railway
    Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys between:
    - Gatwick Airport and Guildford (via Redhill)
    - Southampton Central to Brighton
  • London Buses
    Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys between:
    - Tulse Hill and West Norwood on routes 2, 432, 468, 68 & 196
    - Crystal Palace and Beckenham Junction on route 358
    - Peckham Rye and Herne Hill via North Dulwich on route 37
    - Queens Road Peckham and New Cross Gate on routes 171, 177, 436 and 136
    - Route 405 between Redhill and West Croydon via Merstham
    - Route 355 between Mitcham Junction and Balham
  • London Midland
    Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys between:
    - Milton Keynes Central and London Euston via Watford Junction
  • London Overground
    Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys between:
    - West Croydon, Crystal Palace, Peckham Rye, and Canada Water
    - London Euston and Watford Junction
    - Peckham Rye and Canada Water
    - Clapham Junction and Watford Junction via Willesden Junction
  • London Trams
    Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys across the whole London Trams network
  • London Underground
    Rail tickets can be used for reasonable journeys between the following points only (THE TICKETS CANNOT BE USED AT INTERMEDIATE TUBE STATIONS)
    - Canada Water and London Bridge
    - Balham and Victoria / London Bridge / Euston
    - London Bridge and Victoria
    - Victoria and Blackfriars
    - Victoria and Euston
    - Victoria and Monument (NOT BANK STATION)
  • Metrobus
    Metrobus services will accept rail tickets for any reasonable journey across their network
  • Southeastern (Southern tickets will NOT be accepted on High Speed services)
    - Rail tickets with an origin or destination of Birkbeck can use train services to / from Elmers End
    - Rail tickets with an origin or destination of Honor Oak Park or Brockley can use train services to / from Nunhead
    Rail tickets routed via Haywards Heath, via East Croydon and 'Southern Only' will be accepted for reasonable journeys between:
    - Hastings and London via Tonbridge
    - Tunbridge Wells and London
    - Ashford International and London (excluding high speed services to / from London St Pancras)
  • South West Trains
    South West Trains are limited in capacity and we strongly adise that you do NOT attempt to travel; but if you do travel please allow extra time to completely your journey.
    Tickets routed 'Southern Only' can be used for reasonable journeys between:
    - Portsmouth Harbour, Havant and Southampton Central
    - Dorking and London via Wimbledon
  • Thameslink
    - Rail tickets with an origin or destination of Honor Oak Park and Brockley can also use Nunhead or Crofton Park instead
    - Rail tickets with an origin or destination of London Victoria can use Thameslink services to / from London Blackfriars or London Bridge
    - Rail tickets routed 'Southern Only' will be accepted on Thameslink services between Brighton and London Bridge / London Blackfriars
    - Should they wish to do so, ticket holders with an origin or destination of stations between Wembley Central and Milton Keynes Central for journeys to / from south of London, can use their ticket at their nearest station on the Thameslink route between London and Bedford to travel on Thameslink (but not East Midlands Trains) services to be able to complete their journey

Are there any restrictions for the carriage of luggage, bikes or heavy luggage on bus services?
Carriage of all items is subject to space and at the sole discretion of the bus driver/operator. Some bus operators do not allow the carriage of animals or bikes on their vehicles. Assistance dogs are permitted on all bus services.

I’m travelling to or from the airport on a day affected by the industrial action, what can I do?
If you are planning to use our services for travel to or from an airport, please check the effect on your journey using the information above. You are advised to allow plenty of time for your journey and to consider alternatives methods of transport wherever possible. We do not provide compensation for missed flights etc.

I’ve booked assisted travel or intend to do so, what should I do?
Trains are likely to be busier than usual. We are contacting all customers who have booked asssistance on the affected dates. If you have booked assistance for our trains through another operator or have not heard from us, please contact our Assisted Travel team on 0800 138 1016 for advice and support.

I’m using your service as part of a longer journey involving other train operators, what about me?
Customers will be able to make the same journey* on their ticket by any Off Peak Southern, Thameslink or Gatwick Express train on the date of the ticket.

*If there is no service to / from the origin or destination on your ticket you may use it from / to the nearest alternative station served by a Southern, Thameslink or Gatwick Express train service.

This does NOT apply to the services of other operators where there is no Southern service e.g. Milton Keynes to Clapham Junction when you will need to travel on the closest possible timed train to the original service you were booked on.

Will first class accommodation be available to Standard Class ticket holders?
First class accommodation will not be declassified on Southern services as a matter of course and you must have a first class ticket to sit in First Class accommodation. If a decision to declassify First Class is taken on a specific service then this will be advertised through an announcement on board that train.

Can I drive to an alternative station and park for free?
Car park tickets are only valid for the station car park that they were purchased for with the exception of the following:

  • Weekly or longer period car park season ticket holders for Seaford station car park can also use Lewes station car park (subject to spaces being available) without additional charge.
  • Weekly or longer period car park season ticket holders for Uckfield, Buxted, Crowborough, Eridge, Ashurst, Cowden and Edenbridge Town can also use the following station car parks (subject to spaces being available) without additional charge:
    - Haywards Heath
    - East Grinstead
    - Lingfield
    - Hurst Green
    - Oxted

Can I take my bicycle on the train?
The normal peak-time cycle restrictions will remain in place on strike days. Please check our cycle policy for more information.

Will peak travel restrictions still apply?
All the normal time restrictions on the use of the Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak tickets will remain in place as will time restrictions on railcards.

Compensation and refunds

Let's move forward