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Coronavirus: South Western Railway reduces services

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Coronavirus: South Western Railway reduces services

Published by Carol Musgrave at 12:59pm 20th March 2020. (Updated at 1:05pm 20th March 2020)

South Western Railway are running a reduced service from next Monday (23 March) following a drop in demand during the coronavirus outbreak.

The operator says the move comes after the government’s announcement urging people to avoid all but essential travel during the current crisis, to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Numbers overall for all rail operators are are down around 70%  - but they say they will still continue to run "core routes."

SWR says more staff are having to self-isolate for 14 days.

It says cutting back on the number of trains means they "can can focus on ensuring a reliable timetable for passengers who still have to travel, especially healthcare professionals, police and fire service workers."

It is also urging other passengers to follow the latest government advice and only travel if necessary. 

Services are already being affected ahead of the scheduled changes on Monday because of last minute cancellations due to staff being unavailable.

SWR is offering refunds in certain circumstances, including on single, return and weekly tickets, as well as season tickets - find out more here.

The amended timetable for next week: Monday 23 - Friday 27 March:

Please note the following alterations will apply due to planned engineering work:

From Monday 23 March until Friday 27 March, the 23:58 Woking to Alton service will end its journey at Farnham.

Rail replacement has been arranged from Farnham to Alton. 

South Western Railway timetable
Amended timetable for 23-27 March.

Alton and Woking to London Waterloo
Alton to London Waterloo
A reduced service will run on this route, with one train per hour running in each direction with additional peak services.

The last service from London Waterloo will be at 23:25, which will require a change at Woking.

Woking to London Waterloo (stopping service)
Two trains every hour will run on this route with additional services operating during peak periods.

The last service from London Waterloo will be at 23:20.

Guildford to Ascot
There will be a two-hourly train service in operation, between Ascot and Aldershot.

Some services will run as far as Farnham.

The last service from Aldershot will be 22:40 with the last service from Ascot at 23:23. 

There will be no service between Aldershot and Guildford, and Ash and Wanborough stations will not be served.

If you are travelling from Ash or Wanborough, your ticket will be accepted for travel on our services from Aldershot or Guildford at no extra cost.

Alternative transport services are in operation from Ash and Wanborough, operated by Stagecoach.

Portsmouth Harbour to London Waterloo via Guildford
A reduced service will run on this route, with two trains an hour (one 'fast', one 'slow') between Portsmouth and London Waterloo, in both directions.

Additional services will also be in operation during peak periods.

The London Waterloo to Haslemere trains will not run.

Stopping services will call additionally at Milford and Witley in both directions.

The last service from London Waterloo is at 22:45.

South West London (Mainline Suburban)
Dorking to London Waterloo
Trains will run every thirty minutes between London Waterloo and Epsom, in both directions.

There will be no South Western Railway services between Epsom and Dorking.

The last service from London Waterloo is at 22:39.

Guildford to London Waterloo via Cobham and Stoke d'Abernon
There will be one train per hour on this route, in both directions.

An hourly bus service will also run between Effingham Junction and Epsom., calling at Bookham, Leatherhead and Ashtead.

The last train from London Waterloo is at 23:03.

South West London 

London Waterloo to Weybridge via Staines
These trains will not run.

Please use alternative services and change at Virginia Water for an hourly train service between Virginia Water and Weybridge.

The last service from Virginia Water is at 22:38, with he last service from Weybridge at 23:03.