November round of rail strikes threaten Bonfire weekend travel

Image above: RMT rail strikers earlier in 2022

Five days to be affected by strike action in November

South Western Railway, which operates the trains which stop at Chiswick Station, is urging customers to avoid rail travel for five days in November after the Rail, Maritime and Transport union announced a fresh wave of strike action.

Strikes will take place on 5, 7, 9 November and will see a severely reduced service between from 7.15am and to 6.30pm on a limited number of routes for those who have no choice but to travel.

On Bonfire Night, Saturday 5 November, last trains will depart at around 5.00pm. South Western Railway is running a reduced timetable on Saturday 5 November, Monday 7 November, and Wednesday 9 November.

Days between and after strike days will also be significantly impacted by the strike; first trains across the network will start much later than usual and are likely to be very busy. Significant parts of the network will be closed entirely and trains that are running will be far less frequent and much busier than usual.

The strike action is part of a long-running dispute between the union and rail operators. The RMT said they will continue their industrial campaign until a negotiated settlement on job security, pay and working conditions is reached.

A planned protest on 9 November has been re-arranged by the RMT’s national executive committee out of respect for the Royal British Legion’s Remembrance day.

Image above: a SWR train at Chiswick Station

What time will trains be running?

South Western Railway’s reduced timetable will consist of:

  • Four trains per hour in each direction between London Waterloo and Windsor & Eton Riverside which will stop at stations including Wandsworth Town, Putney, Barnes, Barnes Bridge, Chiswick, Kew Bridge, Brentford, Syon Lane and Isleworth
  • Two semi-fast trains per hour in each direction between London Waterloo and Basingstoke
  • Four trains per hour in each direction between London Waterloo and Woking including a stop at Wimbledon
  • Two fast trains per hour in each direction between London Waterloo and Southampton Central.

In separate disputes, RMT members on London Overground, which operates the trains which stop at Gunnersbury,  and London Underground, which operates the District Line through Chiswick, will also take part in industrial action on Thursday 10 November.

Transport for London said strikes on national rail will affect London Overground and some Tube and Elizabeth line services. The Tube and Overground strike on 10 November is also likely to cause major disruption.

Image above: the RMT’s Mick Lynch

SWR apologise for continued disruption, RMT calls promise to “vigorously” continue strikes

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said:

“Our focus in this dispute is the rail employers who have yet to make an offer that will create the conditions for a negotiated settlement.

“I call upon the new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to unshackle the rail industry so they can come to a settlement with RMT.

“We will vigorously pursue our industrial campaign until we achieve a deal.”

SWR’s Performance and Planning Director, Steve Tyler, said:

“I’m sorry that due to strike action we must urge our customers to only travel by rail if absolutely necessary from Saturday 5 to Thursday 10 November…

“…We appreciate that customers will be eager to enjoy the fireworks for Guy Fawkes Night, but last trains for the day will depart early at around 1700 and will be very busy. Please check train times carefully to avoid getting stranded as the network will be shut for the rest of the evening.

“We are grateful to our customers for their continued cooperation, patience, and understanding as the rail industry works to bring this damaging nationwide strike action to an end.”

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