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South Western Railway disruption in January and February

A strike on Tuesday will disrupt South Western Railway services and routine maintenance is planned for February.

The ASLEF union called for strike action on 30th January, severely reducing the number of trains that day.

There is an ongoing dispute between ASLEF and 14 train operators in England over pay and working arrangements.

There will also be an overtime ban between Monday 29 January and Tuesday 6 February.

Toby Lenthall, 31, from Sunbury, said: “Ongoing and frequent strikes are extremely disruptive to locals who are just trying to go about their lives.

“Whether it be going work, visiting loved ones, hospital appointments to name a few.

“Tuesday’s strikes have hampered my chances of attending a face-to-face interview in Town, which will have to be rearranged.”

The whole network of South Western Railway trains will be closed on Tuesday except the following lines:

  • London Waterloo and Basingstoke
  • London Waterloo and Feltham via Twickenham
  • London Waterloo and Guildford
  • London Waterloo and Woking
  • Basingstoke and Salisbury

These lines will only run between 7am and 7pm.

South Western Railway is advising customers to only travel if necessary.

People should avoid the first and last trains of the day because they will be extremely busy.

A reduced timetable will operate on the Island Line and other train operators will be affected.

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ASLEF’s general secretary Mick Whelan said: “We have given the government every opportunity to come to the table but it has now been a year since we had any contact from the Department for Transport.

“It’s clear they do not want to resolve this dispute.

“Many of our members have now not had a single penny increase to their pay in half a decade, during which inflation soared and with it the cost of living.

“The government and train operating companies must come to the table with a realistic offer so we can end this dispute and work together to ensure the future of our railways.”

People are advised to check their journey carefully using journey planners.

The line between Reading and Bracknell will also be closed between Saturday 10 and Sunday 18 February for maintenance work.

This will affect journeys to the England v Wales rugby match in Twickenham on Saturday 10 February.

People with tickets to/from Twickenham changing at Reading can use a different route free of charge.

You can find more information about South Western Railways planned maintenance here.

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