Headlines – Tuesday 31 July


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The headlines for Tuesday 31 July are dominated again by yet another RMT union rail strike across the South Western Railway network.

The company has told Winchester Today that two thirds of services will be running, despite the RMT industrial action.

Amended timetables and alternative travel arrangements are in place, including bus replacement services and ticket acceptance from other networks, published on South Western Railway website – passengers are strongly advised to check their journey before they travel.

South Western Railway says it has been working hard to minimise the impact of today’s RMT strike on customers.

The service plan is a repeat of last Thursday 26 July, the first of the RMT strike days. In addition, bus replacement services and ticket acceptance on other rail and bus networks will be provided, and they will provide additional rail services if and when possible.

Full details of services, including alternative travel arrangements, can be found on their website:

Passengers can also check their journey at www.nationalrail.co.uk.

Commenting on the strike, a South Western Railway spokesperson told Winchester Today: “We thank customers for their ongoing patience as the RMT continues with its frustrating industrial action. Despite this action, thanks  to the hard work and commitment of those employees who are keeping our service moving, we expect to deliver around two thirds of our services during today’s strikes.

“We continue to call on the RMT to consider passengers and return to talks, especially seeing as they have already agreed to proposals similar to ours with another train operator, Greater Anglia.

“We are sorry for the ongoing disruption they are inflicting on passengers and will do everything we can to make journeys as smooth as possible during today’s strike.”

The RMT have further strikes planned during the Summer:

  • Saturday 4th August
  • Saturday 11th August
  • Saturday 18th August
  • Friday 31st August – Saturday 1st September (48 hour strike)



Alresford Town have a pre-season friendly at home tonight against Basingstoke Town.

Entrance is free – kick-off at Arlebury Park is 7.45pm.



Sunny spells and temperatures of 22C