Enfield Dispatch | Enfield rail services hit by three October strikes

James Cracknell reports that the latest round of rail strikes will once again see several Enfield stations completely closed and others badly affected

Great Northern Train (Source: Govia Thameslink)
A Great Northern train (Credit: Govia Thameslink)

Enfield rail services will again be hit hard by strikes in October when three separate strikes are planned by different unions.

ASLEF train drivers’ union members are on strike on Saturday 1st and Wednesday 5th October. RMT members – including conductors, train cleaners, station staff and Network Rail signalers and maintenance crews – will also strike on Saturday 1st, with RMT planning an additional day of industrial action on Saturday 8th October.

The four stations to the east of Enfield served by Greater Anglia trains (Enfield Lock, Brimsdown, Ponders End, Meridian Water) will be closed on all three days of the strike.

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Jamie Burles, Chief Executive of Greater Anglia, said: “We deeply regret that our customers are once again being disrupted by strikes.

“The rail industry is working hard to resolve these disputes and talks continue with ASLEF and RMT to avert the strikes.”

Great Northern, which operates rail services at eight stations in Enfield (Crews Hill, Gordon Hill, Enfield Chase, Grange Park, Winchmore Hill and Palmers Green on the Hertford Loop Line; Hadley Wood and New Southgate on the East Coast Main Line), will be in About one in five of its scheduled trains went into operation on the two days of the strike on Saturday, with a heavy rush to be expected. The trains also only run at 7:30 am and end early between 4:30 and 6:30 pm.

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Great Northern services were due to run as usual on Wednesday 5th but are much busier than usual.

Angie Doll, Chief Operating Officer at Govia Thameslink Railway, which owns the Great Northern franchise, said: “We very much regret having to advise our passengers to only travel on Saturdays 1st and 8th October if this is absolutely necessary. Strike action means that train services across the country will be severely curtailed and many routes will not run at all.”

London Overground, which operates rail services at six borough stations (Turkey Street, Southbury, Enfield Town, Bush Hill Park, Edmonton Green, Silver Street), will be the 8th day of the strike on Saturday 1 Saturday. Full details of service levels expected on those days will be confirmed later on the TfL website.

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Anyone who has pre-booked tickets for travel on strike days can change them, continue traveling either the day before or up to two days later, or request a refund by contacting their original retailer.

Passengers are also being warned that rail service will be slow to return to its normal schedule in the days following the strikes.

London Underground unaffected by October strikes.

More information on the upcoming industrial action:
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nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/306355.aspx