No trains on Alton and Portsmouth lines again during October rail strike

By Daniel Gee   |   Head of Content   |
Friday 23rd September 2022 12:30 pm
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There will be no services on the Alton and Portsmouth lines during the October 1 rail strike (GWR )

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There will be no train services on the Alton and Portsmouth lines for the seventh day this year because of industrial action on Saturday, October 1.

South Western Railway (SWR) has published its strike day service levels for the October 1 walkout by members of the RMT and TSSA trade unions.

SWR’s reduced timetable will run from 7.15am to 6.30pm, and will consist of:

  • Two trains per hour in each direction between London Waterloo and Feltham  
  • 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 
  • Two fast trains per hour in each direction between London Waterloo and Southampton Central 

Trains will not stop at all the stations on these routes. There will be no SWR services across the rest of the network.

Because of the impact of the strike day, customers are also urged only to travel if absolutely necessary on Sunday, October 2, when first trains will start much later than usual across the network and are likely to be very busy.

Staff at Network Rail, more than 2,100 SWR members of the RMT union, and SWR members of the TSSA union are set to take strike action.

Network Rail will provide contingency cover for critical roles including electrical control room operators, signallers, maintenance, and response teams, but will not be able to cover the whole day.

SWR drivers will not be involved in the planned ASLEF strike action on Saturday, October 1 and Wednesday, October 5.

However, customers should check before they travel, as their connections with other operators might be impacted, or not run at all.

South Western Railway’s Performance and Planning Director, Steve Tyler, said: “I’m sorry that due to strike action we must urge our customers to only travel if absolutely necessary on Saturday 1 October and Sunday 2 October. Those needing to travel should seek to do so by other means.

“Large parts of our network will be closed on the strike day and there will be a late start up on the morning after. Those who must travel are urged to carefully check the times of first and last trains and avoid them if possible as they are likely to be very busy.

“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.”

Customers are urged to check the SWR website for latest information here.

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