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South Western Railway announces plans for during December strikes

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South Western Railway announces plans for during December strikes

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 12:55pm 21st November 2019.

South Western Railway has begun setting out the changes to its services during 27 days of planned strike action next month.

Members of the RMT union will walkout from Monday 2 December after talks in their dispute over the roll of guards broke down.

SWR has warned those using the network next month will find travelling "especially challenging" - with their main advice being "check before you travel".

SWR December Strike Map
A map released by SWR showing the expected changes to services.

The operator says an amended timetable will be needed until the end of the strikes in the New Year, with full detailed timetables expected early next week.

SWR added they "expect to run more than half" of their normal Monday to Friday services, prioritising capacity during peak periods, "with the same level of peak services as in previous strikes".

The following changes to services during the action have been announced:

  • Most routes will have a reduced service
  • Services will finish earlier than normal at around 23:00
  • Some stations will be served by rail replacement buses
  • Some tickets will be accepted on other rail and bus networks
  • Stations and trains will be busier than usual, meaning more time needed for journeys
  • The week of Christmas itself (w/b 23 December) is likely to have a different timetable

Andy Mellors, Managing Director of South Western Railway said:

"Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year, and we know people will be worried about how they get to work, school and other commitments like Christmas parties.

“So we are working hard on detailed plans for the period of the strikes and we will do everything we can to keep customers moving.

“The prolonged nature of the strike means that we have to allocate our contingency guards to services over a longer period."

Train South Western Railway