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Rail strikes in December 2022 and January 2023

15 December 2022

Industrial action across the national rail network has been announced for a number of dates in December 2022 and January 2023. Please be aware that your travel may be disrupted and keep an eye out for updates.

Two high-speed trains waiting in the platform at a London railway station

Rail staff have announced a new round of strikes in December 2023 and January 2023 in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions. Widespread disruption to travel is expected across the country on these dates. 

The dates are:

  • Tuesday 13–Wednesday 14 December 2022
  • Friday 16–Saturday 17 December 2022
  • From 6pm on Saturday 24 December 2022 – 6am on Tuesday 27 December 2022, which could impact travel plans over the winter break. 
  • Tuesday 3–Saturday 7 January 2023

Services may also be disrupted by knock-on effects on the days following the strikes.

UCL will make every attempt to keep activities running for students, with student-facing staff asked to come in to work where possible. If you are coming into campus, please allow extra time to get to your destination. You can visit Transport for London, National Rail or the Citymapper app, which might be useful for planning alternative types of transport such as bicycle and scooter hire, walking, buses etc. If you are unable to get to work using alternative transport, you should advise your line manager as early as possible. 

If transport strikes affect your ability to come into campus, you are welcome to work from home on the affected days, if your job lends itself to home working.  

Staff unable to work from home can agree flexible solutions with managers such as using TOIL or making up lost time where possible. If alternative arrangements cannot be found, staff should arrange to take annual leave or unpaid leave, in line with our Special Leave policy on travel and weather disruption. 

Discussions are ongoing and it is possible that the industrial action may be cancelled if an agreement is reached. Please do keep following the news, and the National Rail website to find out if your services are likely to be affected.