South Western Railway issues warning ahead of rail strikes

Image above: A SWR train at Chiswick Station; photograph George Westwood

Strikes 4-6 April and 8-9 April

South Western Railway has warned commuters to plan ahead as train drivers belonging to the Aslef union are about to implement another round of strike action.

The strikes, part of a long-running dispute over pay and conditions, will take place on 4 April – 6 April and 8 – 9 April and will mean service changes across the entire SWR network.

There will be no service at all on the Hounslow Loop line on Monday 8 April, meaning that stations including Chiswick, Kew Bridge, Brentford, Syon Lane and Isleworth will be closed.

A significantly reduced service from Feltham will call at Putney and Wandsworth Town. Wimbledon will be served by trains out of Woking.

On Thursday 4, Friday 5, Saturday 6 and Tuesday 9 April there will be a revised timetable will be in place due to a ban on overtime working, subject to short-notice alterations and cancellations.

Trains will only run between:

Basingstoke and Salisbury – London Waterloo and Basingstoke – London Waterloo and Feltham – London Waterloo and Guildford via Woking – London Waterloo and Woking.

Trains that are running will only do so between 7am and 7pm. There will be no services outside of these times.

There are no strikes planned for Sunday 7 April but there will be engineering work taking place.

Image above: Aslef General Secretary Mick Whelan

No sign of end to dispute

Aslef’s General Secretary Mick Whelan said:

“Our members voted overwhelmingly – yet again – for strike action.

“Those votes show – yet again – a clear rejection by train drivers of the ridiculous offer put to us in April last year by the Rail Delivery Group which knew that offer would be rejected because a land grab for all the terms & conditions we have negotiated over the years would never be accepted by our members.”

Steve Tyler, South Western Railway’s Performance and Planning Director, said:

“Industrial action by the ASLEF union will mean only a significantly reduced service will run on Monday 8 April, so we are asking our customers to only travel if their journeys are absolutely necessary. For essential journeys, customers should check journey planners before setting off.

“The overtime ban on Thursday 4, Friday 5, Saturday 6 and Tuesday 9 April will mean that timetables will be revised. We are asking our customers to check before they travel, right up until they set off, as alterations on the day are possible.

“We are very sorry for the disruption that this industrial action will cause our customers and are very thankful for their continued patience.”