Strike action on South West Railway

South Western Railway Train 1 (Pat Sissons)

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 6:16am 26th July 2018. (Updated at 9:51am 26th July 2018)

There's a warning of major disruption for some rail commuters from Salisbury, Tisbury and Grateley stations today (Thursday 26th July).

Members of the RMT union working for South Western Railway are walking out for 24 hours - in a row over the role of guards.

It's the first in a series of strikes that are planned over the next month or so.

CHANGES TO SERVICES:

South Western Railway (SWR) say there will be reduced service on most of its lines during the strike action - but they do plan to run two thirds of their services.

The biggest impact for trains running through Salisbury is that there'll be no trains to Bristol run by SWR.

Any customers are asked to use GWR services on the strike days.

Trains towards London Waterloo are affected with less frequent services throughout the day.

 

South Western Railway Strike Map July 26th 2018
Here's more about the changes to services during the strike days

A South Western Railway spokesperson said:

"We are doing everything we can to minimise disruption to our customers and plan to deliver two thirds of our normal capacity on Thursday 26th July. We are using all available resources including contingency guards, providing replacement bus services, arranging ticket acceptance on a number of other rail and bus networks and running as many trains as possible at maximum length to provide as much capacity as possible."

MORE STRIKES PLANNED:

There's further disruption on the way for train passengers across the rest of the summer too.

The RMT has further strikes planned on the following days:

  • Saturday 28th July
  • Tuesday 31st July
  • Saturday 4th August
  • Saturday 11th August
  • Saturday 18th August
  • Friday 31st August - Saturday 1st September (48 hour strike)

Timetables for those strike days will be released in the days before each one.

South Western Railway Strike Action July 2018
A picket line's been set up outside Salisbury train station this morning

RMT REACTION:

The union, which called the strikes over concerns about the role of guards on trains and the safety implications for passengers, has been calling for further talks with SWR.

RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said:

"RMT is angry and frustrated that a request by the union to get serious talks with South Western Railway bolted down has been met with the same old tired reponse from the company that refuses to move the process on and address the fundamental issues.

"That is no way to treat a serious dispute that will impact on huge numbers of passengers through into September and SWR need to get out of this bunker mentality.

"It is particularly galling as positive proposals the union put forward in earlier talks that could have formed the basis of an agreement were welcomed by the management side but were subsequently sabotaged as they were escalated up the SWR management structure."

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