South Western Railway industrial action in May

South Western Railway outlines services during industrial action in May

  • On Friday 12 May, a reduced service will operate in suburban areas and on the West of England Line, with no service on the Island Line
  • On Saturday 13 May, a significantly reduced service will operate on a limited number of lines, with a reduced service on the Island Line
  • Between Monday 15 and Saturday 20 May, close to a full timetable will operate, however a reduced service will operate on the Island Line
  • The latest information will be available at www.southwesternrailway.com/plan-my-journey

SOUTH Western Railway (SWR) has outlined its services during industrial action on Friday 12, Saturday 13 and between Monday 15 and Saturday 20 May.

On Friday 12 May a nationwide strike by ASLEF union members will affect SWR’s network-wide depot drivers, who bring trains in and out of service, as well as drivers on the Island Line.

Contingency timetables are still to be confirmed however SWR can confirm the following service changes:

  • A reduced timetable will operate on suburban routes
  • A reduced timetable will operate on the West of England Line and in the Romsey area
  • There will be no services on the Island Line

Unexpected staffing challenges during the last ASLEF strike led to a number of short notice cancellations. An amended timetable is intended to prevent similar disruption and provide customers with greater certainty as to which services will run.

Full details of service changes will be confirmed as soon as possible, and customers are advised to check before travelling on Friday 12 May. Journey planners will be up to date by the end of Thursday 11 May.

On Saturday 13 May, a nationwide strike by RMT union members will severely reduce the number of trains SWR can run and the hours in which they can operate.

A reduced service will operate between 0700 and 1900 only and large parts of the network will be closed.

To support spectators travelling to the historic Army v Navy rugby fixture at Twickenham there will be additional services, both before and after the match, between London Waterloo and Windsor & Eton Riverside via Richmond.

The following routes will be served:

  • London Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside via Hounslow – 2 trains per hour, reducing to 1 from mid-afternoon
  • London Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside via Richmond – 2 trains per hour
  • London Waterloo to Woking – 4 trains per hour
  • London Waterloo to Basingstoke – 1 fast and 2 semi-fast trains per hour
  • Basingstoke to Salisbury – 1 train per hour
  • A reduced service on the Island Line

There will be no services on any other SWR routes. Long-planned engineering work in the Winchester area will also mean there will be no services between Basingstoke and Southampton Central, with no rail replacement bus services in operation.

Customers are advised to only travel on Saturday 13 May if their journeys are absolutely necessary. Journey planners are up to date and customers are advised if they must travel, they should check their entire journey, as strike action will affect other operators.

Between Monday 15 and Saturday 20 May, there will be a nationwide ban on non-contractual overtime by ASLEF union members, affecting SWR’s depot drivers and Island Line drivers.

With sufficient contingency depot drivers SWR expects to run close to a full timetable on the mainland, but services may be subject to short-notice delays and cancellations. A reduced service will operate on the Island Line.

This overtime ban will affect drivers at other operators, so customers are advised to check their entire journey before travelling between Monday 15 and Saturday 20 May at www.nationalrail.co.uk.