Disruption Continues on South Western Railway Services

Overtime ban and engineering works to impact timetable

South Western Railway train at platform
South Western Railway train at platform

August 3, 2023

Even following the end of strike action on South Western Railway (SWR) by the RMT, disruption is set to continue on the network.

This weekend (Saturday 5 August and Sunday 6 August), engineering on the Hounslow Loop will mean that buses are replacing trains between Barnes and Feltham.

A continuing ban on overtime working by the ASLEF union will mean a reduced service across the SWR network between Monday 7 and Saturday 12 August.

SWR has been required to revise its schedules for these dates. Updated timetables are now on journey planners up to Friday 11 August, with updates for services on Saturday 12 August following shortly. The timetable is similar to that which has been put in place for the first week of the overtime ban (Monday 31 July to Saturday 5 August).

Other than on the Hounslow Loop, a normal service will operate on Sunday 6 August although a small number of train services will also be cancelled due to industrial action the day before.

A limited number of additional services will operate following the England v Wales match at Twickenham on Saturday 12 August, however, passengers are advised that long queues are expected.

Stuart Meek, South Western Railway’s Chief Operating Officer, said, “Customers should check before they travel next week as another overtime ban by the ASLEF union will unfortunately mean another reduced timetable. Customers heading to some of the events on our network should consider travelling earlier if they can as we expect services to be very busy.

“We have worked hard to provide additional services for the England v Wales rugby fixture at Twickenham on Saturday, however, customers should be mindful that a queuing system will be in place at Twickenham station for their return journeys and that we do expect long queues.

“We are sorry for the disruption that our customers continue to face and thank them for their patience.”

For further information visit southwesternrailway.com/strike.

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