Long-running South Western Railway guard dispute comes to an end

14-04-21- SWR logo- ITV News
Workers had accused SWR of 'dragging its heels' over the issue of guaranteeing guards on trains. Credit: ITV News

Railway workers have accepted a deal to end a long-running dispute over guards on trains.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) on South Western Railway (SWR) voted to back an agreement, which will end one of the longest-running industrial disputes in decades.

The union said it has secured a guarantee of a guard on all SWR trains, which runs services across the South West.

The union held more than 70 days of strikes between 2017 and 2020, causing huge disruption to services.

An SWR spokesman said: "After extensive and constructive negotiations with the RMT, we can confirm our colleagues have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a deal to end the long-running dispute over the role of the guard.

"This agreement is an important milestone on our journey to providing an even better experience for our customers while providing certainty for our colleagues and the communities we serve.

"All parties can now move on from the disruption this dispute has caused and focus on welcoming our customers back to a more punctual, reliable and customer-friendly railway in the coming months."

Read more