SWR “60 percent” Strike Service

08
November
2017

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Bosses at South Western Railway (SWR) say a contingency timetable for today (Wednesday 8) and Thursday 9 November should mean around two thirds of its normal train service on these dates.

The RMT union has instructed its guards members to go on strike, but this is the first time that SWR has become involved.

There will also be rail replacement bus services on some routes to help passengers.

Andy Mellors is Managing Director for South Western Railway: “We plan to run around two thirds of our regular timetabled services which will deliver around 70% of the seats we normally provide across the morning and evening peak hours in to London.

“However, we are sorry that many of our passengers will find trains much busier than normal and that, in some places, replacement bus services will run instead of trains on the strike date called by the RMT.”

SWR

(A full board at Winchester this morning)

He went on to say that the strike is unnecessary: “We have repeatedly assured the RMT that we plan to keep two safety-trained employees on our trains. This is because we know that a second member of staff provides assurance to our passengers and ensures we have capable colleagues on board to deliver assistance or offer advice during journeys.

“No one will lose their job. We have been very clear that we are guaranteeing the jobs, salaries and terms and conditions of guards. In fact, as we expand our fleet, we will be hiring more drivers and guards to help deliver more and better services for passengers.”

Further details on the timetable and rail replacement bus services for Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 November: https://www.southwesternrailway.com/plan-my-journey/rmt-strike

A bus replacement service will run on the following routes:

Yeovil Junction – Exeter St. Davids.
Salisbury – Eastleigh via Chandler’s Ford (Great Western Railway run services will run from Southampton to Salisbury via Romsey.