South Western Railway to keep passengers moving despite RMT strikes

Thursday 02nd August 2018
• A number of services have been added to the amended timetable from the previous Saturday, due to a greater availability of staff and replacement buses 
• Passengers are strongly advised to check their journey before they travel 

South Western Railway has been working hard to minimise the impact of this Saturday’s RMT strike on customers, adding a number of extra services to last Saturday’s amended timetable. Where we will be unable to provide a train service, bus replacement services and ticket acceptance on other rail and bus networks will be in place on a number of routes and tickets for Saturday 4 August will also be valid on Friday 3 August, Sunday 5 August or Monday 6 August 2018.

Full details of Saturday’s service, including alternative travel arrangements, can be found on our website:

Commenting on the strike, a South Western Railway spokesperson said:

“We are sorry that the RMT’s unnecessary, damaging strikes continue to disrupt passengers’ journeys as they try to get out and enjoy their summer.
“To try to put an end to this dispute, in talks this week we mirrored the wording of the agreement the RMT has reached with Greater Anglia. Frustratingly, the RMT has not accepted this agreement for our network, and should explain to South Western Railway passengers why what’s  a fair deal there isn’t a fair deal here, and refuses to allow the flexibility to keep passengers moving during disruption, as it agreed with Greater Anglia.

“Again, we would like to make it completely clear that we will continue to roster a guard on all our trains – including our new suburban fleet to be introduced from late 2019, and that our future plans require more, not less guards.

“We will continue to provide as many additional services as possible on RMT strike days and thank all those employees who have helped keep our passengers moving despite the RMT action.”

The RMT have further strikes planned during the Summer:
Saturday 11th August 
Saturday 18th August 
Friday 31st August - Saturday 1st September (48 hour strike) 

Timetables for these strikes will be published on our website once they are finalised.