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29 Nov 2023

No Southeastern trains on Wednesday 6 December because of strike action

No Southeastern trains on Wednesday 6 December because of strike action: Strike action-7

  • Customers will be unable to travel on Southeastern trains on Wednesday 6 December because of ASLEF strike action.
  • Further changes in the region mean Southeastern is advising customers to check their entire journey if they are travelling between Friday 1 and Saturday 9 December.

Further strike action is due to take place across the Southeastern network on Wednesday 6 December and as a result, Southeastern will not be running any services, on any part of the network, on this day.

Neighbouring train operators, including Thameslink and Southern are also affected by strikes and an overtime ban between Friday 1 and Saturday 9 December, and changes to journeys are likely.

Therefore, Southeastern is asking customers to check their entire journey, before they set off, between these two dates.

A summary of the impact of the strikes is available on the Southeastern website.

There will be an amended Thameslink service on Wednesday 6 December and if customers are travelling with Thameslink through a Southeastern station, they should be prepared to queue outside the station and trains may be extremely busy.  

Scott Brightwell, Operations and Safety Director for Southeastern, said:

“Strikes are designed to be disruptive, and it is clear there will be disruption and inconvenience to customers across Kent and East Sussex during this time but particularly on Wednesday 6 December. We are sorry for the obvious inconvenience this will cause.

“I would urge customers who are travelling during this time to check their entire journey before setting off. You can do so on the Southeastern website or on other journey planners.”

There are changes to Thameslink and Southern services that also run from Southeastern stations:

  • On Sunday 3 December there will be no Thameslink services operating for the whole day.
  • On Wednesday 6 December, in addition to no Southeastern services, there will also be no Southern services, aside from a shuttle service between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport.
  • An amended Thameslink timetable will run, with fewer services than normal. Trains are expected to be very crowded with the potential for queuing systems at Southeastern stations.
  • There will be one train per hour between Rainham and Luton.
  • Between London Blackfriars and Sevenoaks there will be two trains per hour, dropping to one train per hour after 19:30. The service will be diverted via Orpington and will not call at Bat & Ball, Otford, Shoreham (Kent), Eynsford, Swanley and St Mary Cray.

Online journey planners have now been updated for the strike day on Wednesday 6 December.

Contact information

David Meechan

Communications Manager - Major Programmes

Notes to editors

More information

Customers can find full information and keep up to date on Southeastern’s strike action webpage or following Southeastern on Twitter, or can sign up to receive service updates.

Contact information

Southeastern Press Office
0330 095 9091

Notes to editors

About Southeastern

SOUTHEASTERN is owned by SE Trains Ltd, a subsidiary of the Department for Transport’s public sector owning group, ‘DOHL’. DOHL has responsibility for four rail companies, LNER, Northern Trains Limited, TransPennine Trains Limited and SE Trains.

Southeastern is the trading name of SE TRAINS LIMITED. Registered in England under company 03266762. Registered office address: Second Floor, 4 More London Riverside, London SE1 2AU.

SE Trains Limited is a subsidiary of the Department for Transport’s Operator of Last Resort Limited - ‘DOHL’.


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