South Western Railway say they’ve trained staff to act as guards to keep services running during two days of strike action starting at midnight.
They hope to run 60% of trains but around 700 will be cancelled.
The RMT union say it is in protest at the companies refusal to guarantee a second member of staff on all trains. The company say it plans to employ more guards and has no plans to cut guards jobs or pay.
SWR say it has been training staff and former guards who will keep services running. Services on all routes will be reduced with buses replacing trains on some sections of line including the Island Line.
Many of the 650,000 daily passengers will be hit with fewer trains. On some routes half of Services will not run. All stations will see a reduced service.
Southen is also facing two days of action in the long running row over driver-only trains.
Andy Mellors, Managing Director of South Western Railway spoke to ITV News Meridian ahead of the strike action.
A rail replacement bus service will be in operation on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th November between the following destinations:
- Yeovil Junction – Exeter St. Davids
- Virginia Water – Weybridge (via Chertsey)
- Poole – Weymouth
- Shanklin – Ryde Pier Head
- Salisbury – Eastleigh via Chandler’s Ford (Great Western Railway run services will run from Southampton to Salisbury via Romsey)
- Ascot – Guildford (via Camberley and Aldershot) NOTE: No trains in service on this specific route