Train Strike Information for December

SWR confirms service levels during December industrial action

Wednesday 29th November 2023

  • ASLEF industrial action will impact South Western Railway services from Friday 1 to Saturday 9 December
  • Strike action on Wednesday 6 December means an extremely limited service will operate on a small number of lines, with the majority of the network closed – customers are urged to only travel if absolutely necessary
  • From Friday 1 to Tuesday 5 and on Thursday 7 December, a normal service will operate with some cancellations due to an ASLEF overtime ban – customers should check their entire journey before travelling as drivers at other operators may be taking strike action
  • Service levels for Friday 8 and Saturday 9 are being finalised and will be confirmed in due course:

SOUTH Western Railway (SWR) has confirmed its services on days of national industrial and strike action in December.

The ASLEF union, which represents train drivers, will take industrial action from Friday 1 to Saturday 9 December, with SWR drivers taking strike action on Wednesday 6 December.

On Wednesday 6 December, there will be an extremely limited service, with trains only running between London Waterloo and Basingstoke, Feltham, Woking, Guildford and between Basingstoke and Salisbury.

Trains will only operate on these routes between the hours of 0700 and 1900. There will be no other services, on any lines, outside of these times.

There will be no service on the Island Line and customers in areas such as Bournemouth, Exeter, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton, Staines, Windsor and Yeovil will not be served by SWR trains on Wednesday 6 December.

SWR customers are urged to only travel if absolutely necessary on Wednesday 6 December and to check their entire journey carefully if they must travel.