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48 hour strike on South Western Railway

Trains South Western Railway Farnham station

Published by Carol Musgrave at 1:30pm 4th October 2018. (Updated at 5:21am 5th October 2018)

Commuters in Surrey and Hampshire face disruption over the next two days as another strike goes ahead.

The RMT union has announced a 48 hour walk out in an ongoing dispute over guards on trains.

It starts at 0001 tomorrow (October 5) until 2359 on October 6.

South Western Railway says it has amended its timetable.

A reduced service will run on most of the network today and tomorrow. Some routes will not have a train service or a replacement bus service.

The following services have been changed:

Alton, Basingstoke and Woking to London Waterloo

Basingstoke to London Waterloo (stopping service)
A reduced service will run on this route, with 1 train per hour running in each direction.

Alton to London Waterloo
A reduced service will run on this route, with 1 train per hour running in each direction.

Woking to London Waterloo (stopping service)
A normal service will run on this route, with two trains every hour between these stations.

Guildford to Ascot

A half-hourly bus service will run between Guildford and Ascot via Aldershot.

Portsmouth Harbour to London Waterloo via Guildford

A reduced service will run on this route, with two trains an hour between Portsmouth and London Waterloo. The London Waterloo to Haslemere trains will not run, and stopping services will call additionally at Milford and Witley in both directions. Additional services during peak periods will run.

South West London (Mainline Suburban)

Dorking to London Waterloo
Trains will run every thirty minutes between London Waterloo and Guildford via Epsom. There will be no South Western Railway services between Leatherhead and Dorking.

Guildford to London Waterloo via Epsom
Two trains per hour will run on this route.

Guildford to London Waterloo via Cobham and Stoke d'Abernon
Two trains per hour will run on this route.

Hampton Court to London Waterloo
A half-hourly service will be running on this route.

Chessington South to London Waterloo
Two trains per hour will run on this route.

Some stations will have no service on October 5, including Fulwell, Hampton, Sunbury, Upper Halliford and Shepperton.

South West London (Richmond, Brentford, Windsor, Reading)

London Waterloo to London Waterloo via Hounslow
Two trains an hour will run between London Waterloo and Twickenham via Hounslow.

London Waterloo to Windsor and Eton Riverside
Two trains will run every hour between Windsor and Eton Riverside and London Waterloo.

London Waterloo to Reading
Two trains each hour will run between London Waterloo and Reading.

London Waterloo to Weybridge via Staines
These trains will not run. Please use alternative services and change at Virginia Water for a bus replacement service.

An hourly replacement bus will run between Virginia Water and Weybridge

Some stations will have no service on October 5, including Fulwell, Hampton, Sunbury, Upper Halliford and Shepperton.

Details of train services can be found using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner.

 

SWR strike

The RMT says the action comes "as the company continues to refuse to engage in a serious talks process that could reach an agreement in the long running guards' safety dispute." ‎

It said 88% of members voted in a new ballot "to continue with the current action in defence of safety, security and access on SWR, proving conclusively that staff remain rock-solid in the campaign to defend safety, security and access on the railway."

 RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said:

“Our members on South Western Railway remain absolutely united and determined in the fight to defend safety, security and access on the railway despite cynical and repeated attempts by the company to undermine the morale of their own workforce.

“The company has continued to fail to provide any offer that comes close to resolving this dispute and their latest attempts at delaying talks has left us feeling angry and frustrated.

 SWR has expressed disappointment at the action:

Contrary to the RMT’s claims of “rock-solid support” for a mandate to strike, the fact is that when factoring in non-RMT members and those RMT members who did not vote, only around half of our total number of guards voted for strike action. The RMT is misleading the public by claiming they have an 88% mandate.

We have offered a framework for talks which would guarantee the rostering of a second person with safety critical competencies on all our trains, and our plans mean more guards, not fewer. 

We urge the RMT to call off these unnecessary strikes which are hindering, not helping, progress on this issue.

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