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03 Apr 2024

Southeastern confirms extremely limited service on 8th April

Southeastern confirms extremely limited service on 8th April: Strike action (3)

  • ASLEF strike action on 8th April will severely impact Southeastern services
  • Most of the operator’s routes and stations will be closed and there are no replacement buses.  
  • Customers asked not to travel as there will be severe disruption, long queues and extended journey times. 

Due to strike action by the ASLEF union on Monday 8th April, Southeastern is only able to provide an extremely limited service and customers are advised not to travel.  

In addition, strikes on neighbouring operators and the London Underground means that travel in and around London will be extremely difficult. 

Trains that are running are expected to be very busy, there will be long queues outside stations, and services will be starting later and finishing much earlier than usual.  

Southeastern services will run on the following lines only: 

  • Dartford to London via Bexleyheath
  • Dartford to London via Sidcup
  • Highspeed between Ashford International and London St Pancras International
  • Between Orpington and Charing Cross 

All other lines will be closed, and no replacement bus services will be provided. Online journey planners are up to date with detailed travel information.  

Scott Brightwell, Southeastern’s Operations & Safety Director, said:  

“We are only able to run an extremely limited service during this ASLEF strike action and our advice to customers is do not travel.

“There is likely to be long queues at the small number of stations that are open, which will lead to extended journey times for those who are travelling. In addition, services that are running will start later in the morning and finish much earlier in the evening. 

“There is also strike action taking place across other operators, so anyone who absolutely must travel should check their entire journey well in advance. 

“We’re sorry for any inconvenience that this strike action will cause but we will be running a full service on all other days.” 

For more information, including guidance and advice on refunds and compensation customers can check  

Strike action will be taking place at other operators on the following dates: 

  • Friday 5 April – Avanti West Coast, Cross Country, East Midlands Railway and West Midland Trains.
  • Saturday 6 April – Chiltern, GWR, LNER and Northern Trains.
  • Monday 8 April – c2c, Greater Anglia, GTR Great Northern/Thameslink, Southeastern, Southern/Gatwick Express, South Western Railway (SWR) main line/depot drivers and SWR Island line. 

ASLEF also announced an overtime ban from Thursday 4 April to Saturday 6 April, and from Monday 8 April to Tuesday 9 April.  

Southeastern expects to run their full service during this time, except for Monday 8 April, which is the strike day on their part of the network. 



Contact information

David Meechan

Communications Manager - Major Programmes

Notes to editors


Southeastern Press Office 
0330 095 9091

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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