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RAIL users across the New Forest and Christchurch have been reminded to find alternative travel from Tuesday as South Western Railway shutters the majority of its stations during the three-day strike this week.

Tomorrow, Thursday and Saturday will see all local stations closed, with SWR running heavily reduced services between Southampton, Woking, Waterloo and Windsor, and on the Isle of Wight.

South Western Railway strike services map
South Western Railway strike services map

The timetable will run from 7.15am to 6.30pm on the three strike days, and will consist of:

  • Four trains per hour in each direction between Waterloo and Windsor via Hounslow
  • Two semi-fast trains per hour in each direction between Waterloo and Basingstoke
  • Four trains per hour in each direction between Waterloo and Woking
  • Two fast trains per hour in each direction between Waterloo and Southampton

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

SWR will be running a late-starting Sunday-level of service across the network on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

Timetables for strike days can be found at: www.southwesternrailway.com/plan-my-journey/timetables

Network Rail and more than 2,100 SWR RMT union members are walking out in a row over pay and job cuts.

South Western Railway's RMT members are walking out
South Western Railway's RMT members are walking out

In a statement, the RMT said: "Faced with such an aggressive agenda of cuts to jobs, conditions, pay and pensions, RMT has no choice but to defend our members industrially to stop this race to the bottom.

"The strikes on Network Rail, the Train Operators and London Underground will go ahead, and we again call on our members to stand firm, support the action, mount the pickets and demonstrate their willingness to fight for workplace justice."

SWR’s managing director, Claire Mann, said: “The sheer scale of this planned industrial action severely limits the number of trains we can run and routes we can serve, which is reflected in the reduced timetable we have published today.

“With this disruption set to be so considerable, I regretfully urge customers to only travel by rail if absolutely necessary.

“I am sorry these strikes will cause such disruption and am grateful to our customers for their patience and understanding as the rail industry works to bring this damaging nationwide action to an end.”



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