Severe disruption is expected across the South Western Railway (SWR) network on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 July, following the announcement of a new RMT strike. The national rail walk-out is set to take place on the Wednesday, but the knock-on effect of the strike means that a late starting reduced service is likely to run on the following day. SWR has reported that it is working closely with Network Rail to produce an amended timetable for the affected days. Service levels are expected to be similar to those during the last strike period in June, when a severely reduced number of trains ran on just a handful of key routes.
Rail customers are being urged to consider alternatives to travelling by rail on Wednesday 27 July and the morning of 28 July. Those who have no choice but to travel are urged to check times carefully via nationalrail.co.uk
South Western Railway responds to new RMT strike date
- Industrial action to take place on Wednesday 27 July, with disruption to continue on Thursday 28 July.
- Customers warned to expect severe disruption on both days and change plans if possible.
- SWR expects to run a significantly reduced strike timetable, which will see significant parts of the network closed.
Commenting, SWR’s Managing Director, Claire Mann, said:
“It is bitterly disappointing that the RMT has announced this latest strike date. We know how damaging and disruptive industrial action can be, and I’m sorry to all those who’s plans will be disrupted by this damaging strike.”
“We are working hard to finalise a contingency timetable, but we expect we’ll have no choice but to close significant parts of our network on Wednesday 27 July, with severe disruption expected on the following day.”
“That’s why we’re urging customers who are planning to use our services on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 July to begin making alternative arrangements”.
SWR will publish details of its reduced timetable when finalised and customers should check the website for the latest updates: https://www.southwesternrailway.com/industrial-action.
As with the previous RMT industrial action, the Island Line is not affected.