What train services will run on the Friday after the last strike?

Train services will continue to be disrupted on Friday due to the spillover effects of the second day of this week’s rail strikes. Here, the PA news agency answers 10 key questions about what passengers should expect.

– How many trains will run on Friday?

Only about 60% of the 20,000 normal weekday services will be able to operate.

– Why don’t the hours go back to normal on Friday if there’s no strike?

Shutdowns by flares and control room staff who would normally work overnight from Thursday to Friday night mean trains will leave depots later than usual, delaying the start of services.

– What time do trains normally leave the depots?

Between about 3 am and 4 pm.

– What time do passenger services normally start?

Between about 5am and 6pm.

– How will that change on Friday?

The process of removing trains from depots will only begin when the day shift flags start working from 6:00 am to 6:30 am.

– How long will the start of services be delayed?

It is expected to take up to four hours in some locations.

– How quickly will services increase?

In London, services will increase rapidly as trains do not have to travel long distances from depots to stations.

It will take several hours in remote locations.

– Will services eventually return to normal on Friday?

Network Rail said that “even during the day the service will be thinner” than usual and some operators will end services a little earlier than usual.

– How about Saturday?

It will be a similar picture to the other strike days on Tuesday and Thursday.

About 20% of the services will work and only half of the lines will be open, and only between 7:30 and 18:30.

– Is there any chance that the strikes planned for Saturday will be cancelled?

Negotiations are ongoing, but passengers are still required to check with train operators for service updates.

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