RMT Industrial Action

Taking place between 2 December and 2 January

Travelling during the strikes

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 and Sunday 8 December. Service summaries for Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December are also available, with timetables to follow. We are busy working on the remaining weekend and Christmas service summaries.

While we will again be calling on our team of contingency guards 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, prioritising 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.

We have produced a route map to make it easier to see how your route will be affected. To receive further updates and service information, sign up to our strike alerts

The week of Christmas itself (w/b 23 December) 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 realise 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.

South Western Railway network map during RMT Industrial Action December 2019

Download strike network map

Service information

Monday - Friday

See details about the train service, ticket acceptance, and major events on our network.

Service information


See details about the train service, ticket acceptance, and major events on our network.

Service information

23 December - 1 January

See details about the train service, ticket acceptance, and major events on our network.

Service information

Frequently asked questions

Why is the strike taking place?
What are you doing to resolve the dispute?
I have an Advanced Purchase ticket but my booked train isn't running?
What if I choose to start or end my journey at a different station to that on my ticket?
Can I park at a different station if my normal one doesn't have any trains?
Can I use my ticket on other train operators and local bus routes?
If I need to get a rail replacement bus will I need to pay?
Are trains running on the Island Line?
Will stations remain open as normal?
Will you have queuing systems in place at stations anywhere on the network?
Will Delay Repay still apply to my journey?
Will there be any changes to Booked Passenger Assistance on an Industrial Action day?
I require assistance while travelling on your network, what should I do during Industrial Action days?