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Advice for South Western Railway passengers as strikes continue

Railway strikes are planned across the weekend. Credit: SWT

South Western Railway passengers can expect major disruptions on Saturday 18 August as RMT union members plan to go on strike. The dispute is over the role of guards and services will be severely reduced.

It comes in the middle of a series of strikes across the summer. Those travelling to and from Exeter should expect replacement buses. No trains will run between Bristol Temple Meads to Salisbury or Yeovil Pen Mill.

Rail strikes to continue causing possible disruptions

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Members of the RMT union have planned a number of strikes this month over the role of train guards, possibly causing disruption to rail services on some of South Western Railway's busiest routes.

The strikes are being held over the following two Saturdays as well as a 48-hour walk-out at the end of the month. It follows the failure of talks earlier this week.

SWR says it has offered a similar deal to one accepted by the RMT on Greater Anglia, but this is denied by the union.

South Western Railway says it has put together plans to run a full timetable on the chosen dates.

The 24-hour strikes that have been planned from midnight to 11.59pm on:

  • Saturday 4 August 2018
  • Saturday 11 August 2018
  • Saturday 18 August 2018

A 48-hour strike has also been planned from midnight to 11.59pm from Friday 31 August to Saturday 1 September.

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RMT union continue strikes after no agreement reached with South Western Railway

Talks between SWR and the RMT union failed to reach a resolution.

Train stations will be left empty as strikes mean South Western Railway runs a 'severely reduced service'.

The RMT union have planned another 24 hour strike on Saturday 4th August over the ongoing argument about the role of train guards.

As a result trains will not stop at several stations.

The strikes are planned over the next four weekends with a 48 hour walk out happening at the end of the month.

It's claimed that talks between South Western Railway and the RMT union -aimed at averting more strikes - failed to reach a resolution.

A bus replacement service will be put in place for the stations that will be affected. They are asking people to please check before they travel.

RMT Union to stage protest against South Western Railway

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Disability campaigners are to stage a demonstration in support of the long-running protests against changes to the role of guards on trains.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) has been embroiled in industrial disputes with five train operators, leading to strikes and other forms of industrial action.

Disabled passengers will protest on April 18 at Waterloo station in London against South Western Railway, one of the companies involved in the bitter row.

The RMT is staging an event in Westminster on April 25 to mark the second anniversary of the guards' row, which started on Southern Railway.

Merseyrail, Arriva Rail North and Greater Anglia are also involved in the dispute.

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South Western Railway introduce new peak time trains

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South Western Railway will be introducing longer trains and extra seats during their peak time services today, Monday 11 December until early 2018.

The rail operator says 100 additional carriages will be available, carrying up to 5,000 more passengers on its busiest routes.

The existing trains will be used for other services.

Passengers travelling on their trains are now also able to claim compensation for a journey delay of 15 minutes or more, changing from the previous 30-minute threshold.

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