First Groups South Western Railway Guards On Strike for 27 Days
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What has happened?

Its been confirmed RMT Guards on SWR Services will be striking after First Group have been revealed to have said the current agreement is not acceptable. Their idea was to instead give them a non-safety critical role according to SWR Guards. RMT has confirmed 27 days of strike action starting on the 2nd December 2019 and ending on 2nd January 2020! This could also be a very fine line with DFT as well.

Last year, First was threatened with being stripped of the South Western Franchise due to the severity of the strikes, the failing of running trains and services without cancelling them for no reason and not giving correct reliability and passenger feedback. 


Heres what you need to know if your planning to travel according to SWR

We have produced a summary for Monday – Friday services between 2nd and 23rd December which are available to read here. We have produced timetables for Monday – Friday services between 2 and 20 December that are available here, as well as the timetables for Saturday 7 December. We are busy working on the remaining weekend and Christmas service summaries.

While we will be calling on our team of contingency guards again to keep services running, the prolonged nature of this industrial action means we have had to adjust our normal strike timetables to reflect this. As a result:

  • We expect to run more than half of our normal Monday to Friday services, prioritizing capacity during peak periods, with the same level of peak services as in previous strikes.
  • Although industrial action will not take place on 12 December, our amended timetable will still be in place.
  • Peak services will be much busier than normal and we may have to introduce queuing at a number of our busiest stations.
  • Services will finish earlier than normal at around 23:00.
  • Off-peak frequencies may be reduced.
  • Buses will replace trains on some routes, with ticket acceptance with other operators on others.


(Map Of Train Routes that are affected)

The week of Christmas itself (w/b 23rd December) it is likely to have a different timetable with services finishing earlier, and as is always the case no trains run on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

We have also pulled together some frequently asked questions which we hope will help you plan your journey, although we realize that even with our best efforts, travelling this December is going to be especially challenging, and for that we are sorry.

This strike is the last thing any of us wanted. We will do everything possible to get you where you need to go but ask that you leave more time for your journey and check before you travel for the latest information.

Could this strike Caused By First Group Saying, no we don't want guards to be the final straw and the DFT jump in and give First Group the boot and bring Stagecoach Group back to the table ...... Who knows but rest assured that there are plans in place! 

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