Network Rail: Rail passengers urge to travel if absolutely necessary

 Thursday, September 29, 2022 

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The rail passengers urged to only travel by train if absolutely necessary due to coordinated strike action on 1, 5 and 8 October, 2022.

This Saturday, across Network Rail’s Western route a severely limited train service will see trains only operating between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington, Reading and Didcot, and Reading and Basingstoke. There will be no train services between Bristol Temple Meads and Cardiff nor any services south west of Bristol Temple Meads including the whole of Devon and Cornwall.

Due to industrial action on the Saturday, services on Sunday 2 October will also be severely disrupted. People wishing to use the train to travel for the London Marathon are advised to follow the advice published on the event’s website.

Wednesday 5 October

Strike action by train drivers at 14 operators will again see severe disruption and extremely limited services. Trains on this day will only operate between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington, Reading and Oxford, and Reading and Basingstoke with no other services in operation.

Saturday 8 October

The RMT are staging another walkout on Saturday 8 October which will also see a reduced rail service in operation once again.

Mike Gallop, Network Rail’s Western route and strategic operations director, said: “I would like to apologise, once again, to our passengers for this disruption as a result of the ongoing industrial action by the trades unions.

“This coordinated strike action is going to cause misery and significant disruption next week, beginning this Saturday, including negatively impacting spectators and participants of the London Marathon.

“I urge passengers to please only travel by rail if absolutely necessary and plan ahead and check when their last train will depart.”

As was the case for ‘strike days’ in June, July and August, thousands of specially-trained and fully qualified back-up staff will step in during the walkouts to keep vital services running for those who need them. But Saturday 1 October will be the first time that the RMT and Aslef strike on the same day, services will be even more significantly disrupted with around only 11% of services running compared with around 20% on a typical strike day.

Passengers are also advised that there is likely to be some disruption in the early morning of the day after each strike – Sunday 2 October, Thursday 6 October and Sunday 9 October – as workers return to duties.

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