25 November 2019 11:19
Rail services out of Waterloo will be disrupted this week because of a five-day strike in the long-running dispute over guards on trains. Members of the RMT union on South Western Railway will walk out from Tuesday, hitting services including busy commuter trains into London Waterloo. According to the RMT, the train company pledged in February that "each passenger train shall operate with a guard with safety critical competencies", which led the union to suspend industrial action. From Tuesday 18th June, some members of the RMT will be starting four days of strike action on South Western Railways. Island Line will be unaffected by the strike, but there will be a reduced service to London Waterloo from Portsmouth and Southampton, with the line to Bristol completely suspended, as well as Guildford to Aldershot.
"It's very disappointing that despite having had dates in the diary for what we hoped would be further constructive talks, the RMT union decided to call disruptive strike action over the course of five days. "The RMT has always said it wanted us to keep the guard on every train which is what we have offered as part of a framework agreement. "Passengers are strongly advised to plan their travel in advance as services are likely to be busier than usual because of the strike action. Rail replacement services and ticket acceptance on other bus and rail networks have been organised where possible, whilst fans attending events at Twickenham, Hampton Court, Royal Ascot, and elsewhere, are advised to allow extra time for their travel. MORE strikes are to be staged on South Western Railway in June, after talks with the RMT failed again.
We are calling for the RMT to call off this unnecessary industrial action so that planned ACAS talks can go ahead.' Image copyright PA Image caption The RMT union is locked in a long-running dispute with South Western Railway and staged several strikes last year Workers on South Western Railway (SWR) will hold another three one-day strikes in a long-running dispute over guards on trains. "It is a disgrace that South Western Railway have yet again opted to play for time over the past six months rather than acting responsibly and getting round the table with the union to work out a solution to this dispute that puts safety and the guard guarantee centre stage. It defies belief that we are being denied the same positive outcome on the South Western Railway routes." A spokesperson for SWR said: "We have repeatedly committed to rostering a guard on all our services - the same assurance that seems to have been sufficient for the RMT to suspend its strikes elsewhere in the country only yesterday. A South Western Railway (SWR) strike will affect train travel on Thursday 27 December and Monday 31 December. A reduced service will run on most of the South Western Railway network on the strike days.
A reduced service will run between Salisbury and London Waterloo. There is an hourly service from Portsmouth to Basingstoke (and London Waterloo). Trains will run every thirty minutes between London Waterloo and Epsom. Replacement buses will be running a half-hourly service between Hampton Court and Surbiton. An hourly bus service will run between Chessington South and Waterloo. Trains will not run from Waterloo to Hounslow. An hourly train service will run between Windsor and Eton Riverside, and will end their journey at Clapham Junction. Services from London Waterloo to Weybridge via Staines will not run. A reduced service will run from London Waterloo to Weymouth. Hourly fast trains will run between London Waterloo and Bournemouth. The stopping service from London Waterloo to Poole will not run. Trains from Salisbury to Romsey via Southampton Central will not run, and there will also be no service from Redbridge and Millbrook. Routes through Basingstoke will be affected and no replacement bus services will operate. Most other routes have a reduced SWR service and/or other train operators running services on the line. Check the South Western Railway website for full details of which trains are running. On strike days, passengers can use their ticket on the following train operators at no extra cost: You can use your South Western Railway ticket (including Advance tickets) on the routes below: If you hold a daily ticket between Basingstoke and London Waterloo routed "via Woking", you can use this on GWR trains between Basingstoke and London Paddington via Reading. You can use your South Western Railway ticket (including Advance tickets) on CrossCountry train services between Bournemouth and Reading. If you have a paper single, return or season ticket between rail stations on the following bus routes, you can present it to the driver of the bus for travel in either direction at no extra charge: Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union are taking industrial action over a dispute regarding the future of guards on trains. RMT general secretary, Mick Cash, said of the latest decision to strike: "South Western Railway continues to refuse to make any progress at all in resolving this dispute, which is about safety, security and access on South Western Railway. Should this strike action go ahead, we will do everything we can to provide the best service possible for our customers." For more information, click here for updates on the South Western Railway website.