South Western Railways 5 Days Of Strikes Next Week
South Western Railways RMT Union Strike Action
5 days of strikes next week
Long suffering passengers using the South Western Railways network face 5 days of travel misery next week with the RMT Union calling 5 consecutive days of strike action next week from Tuesday the 18th to Saturday the 22nd of June.
Some lines will have a considerably reduced service, some no service at all and some with a replacement bus service.
The walk out ‘conveniently’ coincides with Royal Ascot which sees 300,000 people descend on the horse-racing stadium which is served by South Western Railways.
The strike is due to start the day after ACAS talks on the 17th June so is clearly a strong arm tactic by the union with, no doubt, both sides blaming each other if/when those talks break down and the 5 days of strikes commence.
South Western Trains Service Summary
South Western Trains:
“If you are travelling to Hampton Court Palace Music Festival or Royal Ascot, additional services will be running between London Waterloo and Reading and London Waterloo and Hampton Court. Queuing systems will be in place at some stations during these events, so it may take extra time to board your train. We recommend you check your journey before travelling and leave plenty of time to complete your journey.”
Detailed timetables haven’t yet been published but this information is currently available:
Basingstoke to London Waterloo (stopping service)
A reduced service will run on this route, with one train per hour running in each direction.
Alton to London Waterloo
Trains will run an hourly service between Alton and Woking only from 07:14. If you are travelling to London Waterloo should change at Woking for a service towards London.
Woking to London Waterloo (stopping service)
A half-hourly service will operate between these stations.
Dorking to London Waterloo
Trains will run every thirty minutes between London Waterloo and Epsom. There will be no South Western Railway services between Leatherhead and Dorking. A rail replacement bus service will run between Effingham Junction and Epsom.
Guildford to London Waterloo via Cobham and Stoke d’Abernon
An hourly train service will run from 07:00 – 22:00 between Surbiton and Guildford via Cobham.
Hampton Court to London Waterloo
Replacement buses will be running a half hourly service between Hampton Court and Surbiton. A limited train service will be in operation if you are travelling to the Hampton Court Palace Music Festival. Queuing systems will be in place at some stations during this event, so it may take extra time to board your train. We recommend you check your journey before travelling and leave plenty of time to complete your journey.
Chessington South to London Waterloo
A reduced service will run on this line. Service will start later than normal at 08:00, with three trains every two hours. The train service will also finish earlier than normal at 19:00.
Shepperton to London Waterloo
These trains will not run. Please see the table below for travel from stations not served by trains or replacement buses.
South Western Railway Statement
“With further ACAS talks already in the diary for 17 June, for the RMT Union to call a week of strikes starting the following day shows there is not a genuine commitment to finding a solution.
“The union has always said it wanted us to keep the guard on every train which is what we have offered as part of a framework agreement. Now we want to move the conversation on to how we operate our new trains and take advantage of the new technology on board to benefit our customers.
“We remain committed to finding a solution that will help us build a better railway for our customers and colleagues alike. If these strikes go ahead, they will cause needless disruption. We are calling for the RMT to call off this unnecessary industrial action so that planned ACAS talks can go ahead.”
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“Our members are angry and frustrated that despite suspending action in good faith, and entering into talks in a positive and constructive manner, South Western Railway have dragged their heels and failed to bolt down an agreement that matches up to our expectations on the guard guarantee.
“For more than three months we have sought to negotiate a conclusion to this dispute and it is wholly down to the management side that the core issue of the safety critical competencies and the role of the guard has not been signed off. It is because of that crucial failure by SWR that we have had no option but to lift the suspension and move back into strike action.”
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