South Western Railway (SWR) customers have been warned they should travel only if their journeys are absolutely tomorrow (Wednesday 4 October) due to ASLEF union strike action. An extremely limited service will run on a small number of lines, with the majority of the network closed.
Services are expected to be very busy, with trains only running between 0700 and 1900, and trains will only run between London Waterloo and Basingstoke, Feltham, Woking, Guildford via Woking, and between Basingstoke and Salisbury.
Customers are also advised to avoid the first and last trains of the day if possible as these are expected to be extremely busy.
Trains will only run between:
- London Waterloo and Basingstoke.
- London Waterloo and Feltham.
- London Waterloo and Woking.
- London Waterloo and Guildford via Woking.
- Basingstoke and Salisbury.
There will be no service on the Island Line.
If customers must travel, they should check their entire journey using a journey planner, as other train operators are also affected. Journey planners are up to date and full information can be found at southwesternrailway.com/strike.
Industrial action will again affect the SWR network on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 October. However, a normal service is expected to run with a small number of cancellations.
Stuart Meek, South Western Railway’s chief operating officer, said: “I’m sorry to say that, due to industrial and strike action by the ASLEF union, we will be forced to make changes to our timetables this week.
“We will run an extremely limited service on Wednesday 4 October and our advice to customers is to only travel if their journeys are absolutely necessary.
“On all dates of industrial action, customers should check their entire journey before they travel, as other operators will be affected. We’re very sorry for the disruption that this will cause and we’re very grateful to our customers for their continued patience.”
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