South Western Railway third day of strike action this weekend.

On Saturday 25th June the third day of strike action will impact the railway services within Ash. Matthew Evans (Senior Stakeholder and Public Affairs Manager) from South South Western Railway has issued an updated statement (below) to ensure that  weekend travelers are aware and make plans accordingly. Customers are urged to check the SWR website for the latest information at www.southwesternrailway.com/strike.

South Western Railway reminder: only travel if absolutely necessary until Sunday 26 June

  • Strikes are taking place today and Saturday 25 June, with limited services only running between 07:15 and 18:30 and large parts of the network closed
  • A late-starting Sunday service (fewer trains) will run across the network on Friday 24 June and Sunday 26 June, with no trains before 07:30
  • Those who have no choice but to travel are urged to check times carefully via: nationalrail.co.uk

South Western Railway (SWR) is reminding customers to only travel by train if absolutely necessary for the rest of this week.

As the weekend approaches, the company has reiterated that there will be severe disruption across the network, and on strike days there will be no trains running to Portsmouth or beyond Southampton to the coast.

This comes as further nationwide RMT strikes are taking place today (23 June) and Saturday (25 June), with a severely reduced service provided only on the routes that Network Rail has made available. Large parts of the SWR network will be shut down completely.

The knock-on effects of each strike mean that a late starting Sunday level of service will run on both Friday (24 June) and Sunday (26 June), causing significant disruption.

On these two days, the first trains on the network will leave after 07:30, with first services from many stations much later. This is due to the signal and maintenance workers being unavailable until later than normal and the challenge of getting trains and people in the right place following the early shutdown on strike days.

SWR is re-issuing the travel advice after commuters had to contend with disrupted services and busy stations and trains on Wednesday 22 June; the day after the RMT’s first strike.

Customers who have to travel are able to check trains times via www.nationalrail.co.uk, but should consider avoiding travelling on the first and last trains of each day as these services are set to be very busy.

Commenting, SWR’s Managing Director, Claire Mann, said:

“We’re sorry to have to ask our customers to only travel by rail if absolutely necessary until Sunday 26 June as nationwide RMT strikes are causing major disruption on our network every day this week.

“We know that many people have planned to use our trains for leisure travel this weekend, but Saturday’s strike action means we will be running a very limited service.

“Customers who do travel on Saturday risk being stranded after the network shuts down at 18:30 and should double check their last trains.

“We’re sorry to those whose weekend plans will be hit and thank them for their patience and understanding”.  

ENDS

Further Information

  1. Please see map for strike day services attached
  2. Map and timetable PDFs are available at: www.southwesternrailway.com/strike
  3. Journey planners are likely to be updated 2-4 days in advance
  4. On 22, 24 and 26 June, SWR will run a late starting Sunday level of service (from 0730). The timetables are not yet available, but customers can refer to existing Sunday service timetables here: www.southwesternrailway.com/plan-my-journey/timetables
  5. Summary of services running on strike days:
Waterloo to Southampton Waterloo to Woking Waterloo to Basingstoke Waterloo to Windsor
2 fast trains per hour each way 4 trains per hour each way 2 trains per hour each way 4 trains per hour each way
First train from Waterloo: 0730 First train from Waterloo: 0720 First train from Waterloo: 0715 First train from Waterloo: 0715
Last train from Waterloo: 1700 Last train from Waterloo: 1750 Last train from Waterloo: 1715 Last train from Waterloo: 1722
First train from Southampton: 0730 First train from Woking: 0718 First train from Basingstoke: 0724 First train from Windsor: 0730
Last train from Southampton: 1659 Last train from Woking: 1748 Last train from Basingstoke: 1654 Last train from Windsor: 1730
Services will call at:
Waterloo
Clapham Junction
Woking
Basingstoke
Winchester
Eastleigh
Southampton Airport
Southampton Central
Services will call at:
Waterloo
Clapham Junction
Wimbledon
Surbiton
Esher
Hersham
Walton-on-Thames
Weybridge
Byfleet & New Haw
West Byfleet
Woking
Services will call at:
Waterloo
Clapham Junction
Surbiton
Woking
Brookwood
Farnborough
Fleet
Winchfield
Hook
Basingstoke
Services will call at:
Waterloo
Vauxhall
Clapham Junction
Wandsworth Town
Putney
Barnes
Barnes Bridge
Chiswick
Kew Bridge
Brentford
Syon Lane
Isleworth
Hounslow
Feltham
Ashford
Staines
Wraysbury
Sunnymeads
Datchet
Windsor & Eton Riverside
  • Some services at the start and end of each strike day will run outside of this standard pattern
  • The Island Line is not subject to strike action and will operate as usual.
Source Western Railway published strike timetable & advised rail users only to travel by rail if it’s absolutely necessary. 22, 23 & 25 June.

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