South Western railway services disrupted by strikes

Published on : Wednesday, November 1, 2017

South-Western-railwaySouth Western Railway has declared that it has an aim of operating over 60% of its normal train services in the two days that guards would be striking next month.


The strike would be impacting train services on 8th November and also on 9th November.


But SWR said that contingency plans are also in place to operate as many train services as possible. There would also be rail replacement bus services on certain routes to assist passengers. Over 80% of members in South West Railway voted to strike on a turnout of more than 76% with even higher numbers voting for action short of a strike.


The votes come after a failure by South Western Railway franchise holder First MTR to offer clear cast-iron assurances over the future of guards on their trains that had triggered a dispute with the company.


Ballots covered commercial guards, guards and driver members on South Western Railway and Island Line.


Andy Mellors who is the managing director for South Western said that they plan to run two thirds of their regular timetabled services that would be delivering around 70% of the seats normally provided across the morning and evening peak hours in to London.


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