South Western Railway urges Berkshire passengers to only travel if necessary as more strikes planned

Tom Burnett – Berkshire live 1/1/23

Berkshire railway passengers are being urged to only travel by train ‘if absolutely necessary’ over the coming days due to further rail strikes. The RMT and ASLEF unions are taking further industrial action in their ongoing dispute with train operators over pay.

South Western Railway has said it will only be running a limited service as a result of the action between Tuesday, January 3 and Saturday, January 7. Strike action by the two unions will take place for much of the week and there will be disruption.

In Berkshire, the Windsor and Eton Riverside to London Waterloo service will have a limited service. Other Berkshire railway stations this route calls at include Datchet, Wraysbury and Sunnymeads.

This means that there will be no service from Reading to London Waterloo. Train services on this route also call at WokinghamWinnershBracknell, Ascot and other stations in the county.

A South Western Railway spokesperson said: “National strike action by the RMT union on Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4, Friday 6 and Saturday 7 will mean a severely reduced service on infrastructure made available by Network Rail. Trains will run between 07:15 and 18:30 only.

“On Thursday 5, national strike action by the ASLEF union, which will affect depot drivers and significantly limit the number of trains that can be brought into service, will again mean a severely reduced service and the same timetable operating as on other strike days. This strike action will also impact drivers on the Island Line and so there will be no Island Line services on Thursday 5 January.

“Significant parts of the network will be closed entirely between Tuesday 3 and Saturday 7 January. Those trains that are running will be far less frequent and much busier than normal.

“Due to the impact of these strike days, customers are also advised to check before travelling on Sunday 8 January, when first trains will start from around 07:30 and are likely to be very busy. A regular weekend timetable will operate on Sunday 8 January after this late start up.”

South Western Railway’s Managing Director, Claire Mann, said: “I’m sorry that due to the damaging, national strike action by both the RMT and ASLEF unions, a severely reduced service will operate on our network. We must urge our customers to only travel if absolutely necessary between Tuesday 3 and Sunday 8 January.

“Large parts of our network will be closed between Tuesday 3 and Sunday 8 January. On Sunday 8 January there will be a late start to services and so we urge our customers to carefully check their journeys, before they travel, using journey planners.

“We share our customers’ frustration over this nationwide strike action and the impact it has on our network and services. We are grateful to our customers for their continued cooperation, patience, and understanding as the rail industry works to bring this damaging strike action to an end.”

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