Passengers are urged to travel only if absolutely necessary as train services were cut from to just 4,500, less than a quarter of the normal 20,000 provided each day.
Speaking to LBC radio on Tuesday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps accused RMT leader Mick Lynch of wanting to transform himself into one of the “1970s union barons” after Lynch told Sky News: “If the government doesn’t change direction, I believe more strike action is inevitable. We as trade unions need to synchronise.”
“If we need to have industrial action, we need to coordinate industrial action in every town and city,” Lynch said, arguing that the British worker needs a pay rise.
Which trains are operating?
East Midlands Railway will operate just one train per hour between Nottingham and Sheffield, as well as from both cities to London. There will also be an hourly train between Corby and London.
There will be one train per hour from Derby to Nottingham and Matlock, as well as between Leicester and Nottingham.
Northern Rail will operate hourly services from Leeds to Sheffield, York, Bradford Forster Square, Skipton and Ilkely.
TransPennine Express will run five trains between Manchester Airport and Preston on strike days and one an hour between Manchester and York.
The following stations will be completely closed with no TransPennine services calling there on strike days: Hull; Yarm; Scarborough; Seamer; Malton; Selby; Brough.
Greater Anglia has confirmed that all regional and branch line services in East Anglia will be cancelled on strike days and there will be only a heavily reduced service running on some lines into London Liverpool Street.
This will include one train an hour between Norwich and London, with the first and last trains from Norwich to London Liverpool Street at 8am and 4pm.
In Essex, c2c will operate a reduced service equating to less than a third of normal service levels – consisting of two trains per hour from Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness via Laindon and to Pitsea via Rainham.
No trains will run via Ockendon or Chafford Hundred.
Only 35 out of 180 Southeastern stations will be open and no rail replacement buses will serve stations which are closed.
Southeastern will also not run any trains from Victoria or Charing Cross and there will be limited service on the Woolwich, Sidcup and Bexleyheath lines.
There will be no Chiltern services north of Banbury, between Amersham and London on the Metropolitan line, or to Oxford, between Tuesday and Saturday.
Between London and Banbury, there will be one train per hour in each direction on these days.
South Western will run two trains per hour each way from Waterloo to Southampton and Basingstoke.
There will be four trains per hour each way from Waterloo to Woking and Windsor.
Great Western Railway will not be running any services on all lines in Cornwall, as well as all branch lines in Devon.
There will be a very limited service running between London Paddington and Oxford, Cardiff and Plymouth – with hourly trains between London and Cardiff.
West Midlands Railway will run one train per hour between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton. There will be no trains running from Birmingham to Walsall, Hereford and Shrewsbury.
There will be just one train an hour between Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International every day from Tuesday to Saturday.
CrossCountry will not run services from Birmingham New Street to Bristol Temple Meads, Cardiff Central, Peterborough, Cambridge or Stansted Airport across the three strike days, while a “very limited service” is to run between Bristol Parkway, Plymouth, Birmingham New Street, Newcastle and Edinburgh Waverley.
Avanti West Coast
On strike days, Avanti West Coast plans to run one train per hour from Euston to each of Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Preston, with a limited service onwards to Glasgow.
Trains will also not call at Stockport, Macclesfield, Stoke-on-Trent or Runcorn, and these stations will be closed.
Meanwhile, north Wales, Shrewsbury, Blackpool and Edinburgh will have no Avanti West Coast services on strike days.
National rail strikes on Thursday and Saturday will also affect Elizabeth line and London Overground services, and some Tube services, on strike days and until mid-morning on the days after strikes.