Strike action takes Hounslow Loop line out of service week beginning 29 January

Image above: A South Western Railway train at Chiswick Station

No rail service through Chiswick on Tuesday 30 January

In response to the impending industrial action by the ASLEF union, South Western Railway has released details of the significant disruptions passengers can expect next Tuesday (30 January). The strike is expected to cause considerable disruption, with drastic reductions to the train services.

The Hounslow Loop will be completely shut down on the affected day, meaning stations including Chiswick, Brentford, Kew Bridge, and Isleworth.

Putney, Wimbledon, and Wandsworth Town will also experience limited services, with trains running only between 7.00am and 7.00pm.

The reduced timetable will see trains operating solely on the following routes:

  • London Waterloo and Basingstoke
  • London Waterloo and Feltham via Twickenham
  • London Waterloo and Guildford
  • London Waterloo and Woking
  • Basingstoke and Salisbury

Passengers are strongly advised to reconsider travel plans and only embark on journeys if absolutely necessary. It is also recommended to avoid the first and last trains of the day, which are expected to be exceptionally busy.

South Western Railway decide against taking advantage of new law requiring striking staff to provide a minimum service level

Additionally, an overtime ban is set to be in effect on Monday, 29 January, and from Wednesday, 31 January to Tuesday, 6 February. This may result in short-notice cancellations and alterations, causing further frustration for commuters.

Passengers are urged to check journey planners for updates on Tuesday, 30 January, and remain vigilant about potential disruptions during the broader period of industrial action. Despite the challenges, South Western Railway extends gratitude to its customers ‘for their continued patience during this testing time’.

South Western Railway’s Chief Operating Officer, Stuart Meek, expressed regret over the disruptions, stating:

“It has been a tough start to the year due to adverse weather conditions, and these damaging strikes will cause yet more disruption for our customers.”

Under new laws, employers can require staff who are planning to strike to provide 40% of timetabled rail services. South Western Railway are opting not to use these laws, at risk of inflaming tensions further. The only train operator using the legislation during this strike is LNER.

Aslef’s General Secretary Mick Whelan has warned in the past that more industrial action would be “a natural by-product” of trying to impose minimum service levels.