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Final strike action of the month on South Western Railway

Trains South Western Railway

Published by Carol Musgrave at 12:56pm 22nd November 2018.

The final strike action of the month gets underway on South Western Railway later with no end in sight to the row between the operator and the RMT union.

The 24 hour action starts at 00:01 tomorrow morning (November 24) and ends at 23:59.

SWR says only half of its normal Saturday services will run.

It says rail replacement services and ticket acceptance on other bus and rail networks have been organised where possible.

Fans going to the international rugby test between England and Australia at Twickehnham are advised to allow extra time for their journey - as these services are expected to be busier than usual. 

There will be 12 South Western Railway trains per hour between Waterloo and Twickenham.

The ongoing dispute is in a row over the role of guards on trains, and comes after a five day strike earlier this month and two further strikes earlier this month.

A South Western Railway spokesperson said: 

“We have repeatedly guaranteed to roster a train guard on every single service we run. Our plans mean more guards, not fewer.

“It’s time for the RMT union to commit to resolving their dispute which only causes misery for customers.

“We will do everything we can to keep customers moving and reduce disruption whenever the RMT strikes.”

The RMT has previously said the strike 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. ‎"

The following services are affected during the strike:

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
Trains will run between Alton and Woking only. There will be an hourly service between 07:14 - 22:44. Customers for London Waterloo should change at Woking for a service towards London. An hourly bus service will be in operation between Alton and Woking from 23:00.

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 train service will run every 70 minutes between Ascot and Aldershot only. This will be in operation between 10:00 and 21:00.  An hourly bus service will be in operation early morning and late evening only. 

There will be no service between Aldershot and Guildford. 


Portsmouth Harbour to London Waterloo via Guildford
A reduced service will run on this route, with two trains an hour (1 'fast', 1 'slow') 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. 


South West London (Mainline Suburban)

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.

Guildford to London Waterloo via Cobham and Stoke d'Abernon
Replacement buses will run hourly between Surbiton and Guildford via Cobham. An hourly bus service will also run between Leatherhead and Guildford.

Hampton Court to London Waterloo
Replacement buses will be running a half hourly service between Hampton Court and Surbiton.

Chessington South to London Waterloo
A reduced service will run on this line. Service will start later than normal at 09:00, with three trains every two hours. The train service will also finish earlier than normal at 20:00.

Buses will run before and after the train service between Worcester Park and Chessington South, with one bus running every hour.

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.

London Waterloo to London Waterloo via Strawberry Hill
A normal service will run on this line, with two trains every hour.

Stations with no service on 24 November include Fulwell, Hampton, Sunbury, Upper Halliford and Shepperton.

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

London Waterloo to London Waterloo via Hounslow
Seven trains an hour will run between London Waterloo and Hounslow via Twickenham from 11:00 until 13:15 only. Five trains an hour will run between Twickenham and Waterloo from 17:30 until 20:30 only. There will be no service between Barnes and Feltham via Brentford - please use local buses where available. We have ticket acceptance on selected TfL bus routes. For more information on which TfL services will be accepting paper tickets at no extra cost please see our FAQ's here. If you use a Pay As You Go Oyster card you'll need to pay the appropriate bus fare.

England v Australia, KO 15:00, Twickenham Stadium.
Fans attending the England Quilter International match against Australia are advised to plan travel in advance and allow extra time for your journey. If you are travelling to/from Reading you will also be able to use Great Western Railway services, at no extra cost, between Reading and London Paddington. TfL London Underground will be accepting rail tickets for travel between London Paddington and London Waterloo. Trains will run from London Waterloo to Twickenham every few minutes.

London Waterloo to Windsor and Eton Riverside
An hourly train service will run 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

Train strike map


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