Strikes to affect South Western Railway services to sporting events in South West London

Monday 21st August 2023
Train at platform Waterloo station
  • Nationwide strike action by members of the RMT Union on Saturday 26 August will affect travel to a number of sporting events in South West London 
  • Customers travelling to rugby at Twickenham and football at Brentford should check before travelling 
  • There will be no trains to Windsor & Eton Riverside due to engineering work and rail replacement bus services will not run, affecting travel to horse racing in Windsor 
  • Journey planners are now up to date and the latest information will be available at 

SOUTH Western Railway (SWR) has advised that RMT strike action on Saturday 26 August will affect services to a number of sporting events taking place on its network. 

A significantly reduced service will operate with large parts of the SWR network closed. Trains will only run between 0700 and 1900 and short notice cancellations are possible. 

Sports events in the South West London area will be particularly affected. Customers should check their entire journey before travelling, as other operators are also affected. They should also note the last train times, which will be earlier than usual, and consider alternative travel if possible. 

Customers are advised that: 

  • A small number of additional services will run to Twickenham before and after the international rugby union match between England and Fiji. The last service from Twickenham will depart at around 1830. 
  • Brentford FC will be playing Crystal Palace at the GTech Community Stadium and the last train from Kew Bridge to London Waterloo after the match will depart at approximately 1830. 
  • The men’s and women’s Hundred Eliminator cricket matches take place at The Kia Oval, starting at 1430. The last trains from London Waterloo will depart from 1700. 
  • There are no trains running between Feltham and Windsor & Eton Riverside due to engineering work. Rail replacement bus services will not run and customers are advised to make alternative arrangements if they are intending to travel to watch the horse racing at Windsor in the evening. 

The ASLEF union has announced strike action on Friday 1 September and a ban on overtime working on top of the RMT union’s strike action on Saturday 2 September. Customers are once again advised to check the SWR website for the latest information. 

Stuart Meek, Chief Operating Officer at South Western Railway, commented:  

“We’re sorry that customers will once again face disruption due to strike action by the RMT union.  

“Once again, I must ask our customers to only travel if absolutely necessary on Saturday 26 August. If you do have to travel, please check your entire journey as these strikes also affect other train operators.   

“A large number of events take place on Saturday 26 August and while some trains will be running, we expect them to be very busy. If you’re travelling to one of those events, please check before you travel and consider alternative transport if possible.  

“We’re thankful for our customers’ patience during these latest RMT strikes.”