SWR announces 8 October strike service levels, including no services beyond Basingstoke
• Due to the planned national strike, SWR customers are urged only to travel by rail if absolutely necessary on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October • SWR will run a severely reduced service on Saturday 8 October, with significant parts of the network closed entirely • A severely reduced service will run between 07:15 and 18:30 on a limited number of routes for those who have no choice but to travel • Sunday 9 October will also be significantly impacted by the strike; first trains across the network will start much later than usual
Due to planned engineering works, no services will run between Basingstoke and Southampton. South Western Railway (SWR) is urging customers only to travel by rail if absolutely necessary on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October due to the planned RMT industrial action.
Customers should expect severe disruption on the network and, if they must travel on either of those days, should seek to do so by other means.
SWR has published its strike day service levels for Saturday 8 October, which will provide a severely reduced service on the routes Network Rail has made available. Significant parts of the network will be closed entirely and those trains that are running will be far less frequent and much busier compared to normal.
Due to the impact of the strike day, customers are also urged only to travel if absolutely necessary on Sunday 9 October, when first trains will start much later than usual across the network and are likely to be very busy.
Staff at Network Rail and more than 2,100 SWR members of the RMT union are set to take strike action on Saturday 8 October, causing severe disruption.
Long-planned engineering work will also reduce the network available to SWR, meaning fewer services will run compared to previous strike days. Specifically, SWR will be unable to run services between Basingstoke and Southampton on the mainline and services towards Windsor will only run as far as Hounslow. SWR’s reduced timetable will run from 07:15 to 18:30 on Saturday 8 October, and will consist of: • Four trains per hour in each way between London Waterloo and Woking • Two semi-fast trains per hour each way between London Waterloo and Basingstoke • Two trains per hour each way between London Waterloo and Hounslow
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