Stay Off Our Trains Until Sunday Says Rail Company

SWR continues to advise passengers to avoid strike-hit services

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South Western Railway (SWR) is warning its passengers that services will be affected by the RMT strike through to the weekend.

It has issued a reminder to avoid travelling unless absolutely necessary until Sunday 26 June and even then to expect disruption.

Strikestook place on Tuesday and Thursday and resume on Saturday 25 June, with limited services only running between 7:15am and 6:30pm and large parts of the network closed

A late-starting Sunday service (fewer trains) will run across the network on Friday 24 June and Sunday 26 June, with no trains before 7:30am.

As the weekend approaches, the company has reiterated that there will be severe disruption across the network, and on strike days there will be no trains running to Portsmouth or beyond Southampton to the coast.

Large parts of the SWR network will be shut down completely with four trains per hour running in each direction between Waterloo and Windsor via Hounslow stopping at stations such as Brentford, Chiswick, Putney, Isleworth and Wandsworth Town.

The knock-on the Saturday strike mean that a late starting Sunday level of service will resume on Sunday causing significant disruption.

The first trains on the network will leave after 7:30am, with first services from many stations much later. This is due to the signal and maintenance workers being unavailable until later than normal and the challenge of getting trains and people in the right place following the early shutdown on strike days.

Passengers who have to travel are able to check trains times via, but should consider avoiding travelling on the first and last trains of each day as these services are set to be very busy.

Commenting, SWR’s Managing Director, Claire Mann, said, “We’re sorry to have to ask our customers to only travel by rail if absolutely necessary until Sunday 26 June as nationwide RMT strikes are causing major disruption on our network every day this week.

“We know that many people have planned to use our trains for leisure travel this weekend, but Saturday’s strike action means we will be running a very limited service.

“Customers who do travel on Saturday risk being stranded after the network shuts down at 18:30 and should double check their last trains.

“We’re sorry to those whose weekend plans will be hit and thank them for their patience and understanding”.

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June 24, 2022

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