There will be no train services on the Alton and Portsmouth lines because of industrial action for the fifth and sixth times this summer on August 18 and 20.
South Western Railway (SWR) has published its strike days service levels for Thursday, August 18 and Saturday, August 20, which will provide a severely reduced service on the routes Network Rail has made available.
Significant parts of the network – the Alton and Portsmouth lines included – will be closed entirely and those trains that are running will be far less frequent and much busier compared to normal.
Because of the impact of the strike days, customers are also urged only to travel if absolutely necessary on Friday, August 19 and Sunday, August 21, when first trains will start much later than usual across the network and are likely to be very busy.
Staff at Network Rail and more than 2,100 SWR members are set to take strike action on Thursday, August 18 and Saturday, August 20, causing severe disruption.
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.
It will be the fifth and sixth strike days on the SWR network this summer, following walkouts on June 21, 23 and 24 and July 27.
SWR’s reduced timetable will run from 7.15am to 6.30pm on the August 18 and 20 strike days, and will consist of:
- Four trains per hour in each direction between London Waterloo and Windsor & Eton Riverside via Hounslow
- 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.
TfL Underground and Overground services will be affected by strikes all day on Friday, August 19, with some bus services disrupted on Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20. Connections with SWR services in London are likely to be impacted, or not run at all.
SWR will not be affected by the planned ASLEF strike action on Saturday, August 13, but some other train companies will be, so customers should check before they travel.
South Western Railway’s commercial director, Peter Williams, said: “Please only travel if absolutely necessary between Thursday, August 18 and Sunday, August 21 as strike action will severely impact our services. Those who must travel are urged to carefully check the times of first and last trains and seek alternative means of travel.
“The scale of the action will be incredibly disruptive for our customers with large parts of our network closed on strike days and a late start up on the morning after each strike day. First trains will run much later than usual and are likely to be very busy, so please travel later in the day if you can.
“We are sorry that strikes will again cause such disruption. 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.”