TPE Class 185 train

TransPennine Express’ customers urged to only travel if necessary during RMT strike

TransPennine Express (TPE) is calling on customers to only make essential journeys later this week, with industrial action set to cause major disruption to services. 

Strike action by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), which is planned to take place on Wednesday 27 July, will have a significant impact on TPE’s trains across the North and into Scotland, as well as those of other train companies and Network Rail.

An extremely limited train service will be in place on Wednesday, and those planning to travel should seek alternative transport and only travel if their journey is absolutely necessary, with further delays and cancellations likely, and trains expected to be very busy.

Disruption is also expected on both the day before and after this date.

TPE will be running services on just four routes on 27 July, which are: Newcastle – Edinburgh, Sheffield – Cleethorpes, Manchester Airport – Preston and Manchester Piccadilly – York. More information including train times can be found at

Many of the company’s managed stations will be closed, with no rail or replacement service available for customers. Bikes will not be permitted on trains on the strike day.

Anyone making an essential trip this Wednesday should plan ahead carefully, check before travel and allow extra time for journeys.

Kathryn O’Brien, Customer Service and Operations Director for TransPennine Express said: “Continued strike action by RMT is disappointing, and while we will do our best to keep those making essential journeys moving, we will only be able to provide a limited service across a handful of routes.

“We are urging anyone planning travel on the impacted date to seek alternative transport and only travel if absolutely necessary, with disruption also expected on the days either side of the strike.”

Those making essential journeys during the strike action can check their journeys at, or via National Rail Enquiries at

Notes to editors

The following TransPennine Express stations will be closed, with no rail services, on Wednesday 27 July 2022:

  • Middlesbrough 
  • Yarm
  • Thirsk
  • Thornaby
  • Northallerton
  • Scarborough
  • Seamer
  • Malton
  • Selby
  • Brough
  • Hull (bus interchange remains open)