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02 May 2024

Southeastern running an extremely limited service during strike action on 7 May

Southeastern running an extremely limited service during strike action on 7 May: Strike action (3)

ASLEF strike action on Tuesday 7 May will severely impact Southeastern services.

Most routes and stations will be closed and there are no replacement buses.

Customers asked to only travel if absolutely necessary as there will be severe disruption, queues and extended journey times.

Southeastern is urging customers to only travel if absolutely necessary on Tuesday 7 May – as strike action will mean an extremely limited service on the day.  

In addition, strikes on neighbouring operators means that travel into and around London will be difficult.  

Trains that are running are expected to be very busy, there may be 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 and Safety Director, said: 

“We are only able to run a very limited service due to the ASLEF strike on 7 May and our advice is to only travel if absolutely necessary. 

“Trains that are able to run may be very busy and there could be queues at some stations. Services will start later in the morning and finish in the early evening. 

“There is also strike action across other operators so please check your entire journey if you have to travel. 

“We’re really sorry for any inconvenience this causes but we will run a full service on all other days.” 

ASLEF also announced an overtime ban from Monday 6 to Saturday 11 May. Southeastern expects to run a full service during this time, except for Tuesday 7 May, which is the strike day on their network. 

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

Contact information

David Meechan

Communications Manager - Major Programmes

Notes to editors

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

  • Tuesday 7 May – c2c, Greater Anglia, GTR Great Northern/Thameslink, Southeastern, Southern/Gatwick Express, South Western Railway (SWR) main line/depot drivers and SWR Island line. 
  • Wednesday 8 May – Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, Cross Country, East Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway (GWR) and West Midland Trains. 
  • Thursday 9 May – LNER, Northern Trains and TransPennine Express. 

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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