Commuters face month of delays as 27-day rail strike starts

Commuters face month of delays as 27-day rail strike starts

Commuters face month of delays as 27-day rail strike starts

South Western has become the focal point now in the long-running dispute over guards and driver-controlled operation of trains.

The disruption is expected to cause travel chaos for commuters and Christmas shoppers.

The union mentioned crew will poke out from center of the evening on Monday December 2 until center of the evening 11.59pm on December 11.

They will then go on strike again from midnight on Friday December 13 until 11.59pm on December 24. RMT general secretary Mick Cash accused SWR of wanting the strike for "politically motivated purposes", while the train operator said the union had made "outdated demands".

"The union also believes that cutting the guard out of the dispatch process reduces the second person on the train to little more than a passenger in the longer term, which would give the company the option of axing them all together at some point down the line". Clare Moriarty, permanent secretary at Brexit department DexEU, tweeted the train operator: "I can not believe that on a strike day when there only two trains from my station in the peak hour you have *shortened* train length by a third". Both the union and the travelling public are being set up and that stinks.

'The union remains available for talks and we have a deal to solve this dispute which is cost free for SWR worked up and ready to go.

'The firm ought to calm pick it with both fingers and steer clear of the disruption to services and products their actions will unleash'.

"We know our passengers will welcome over 10 million more passenger journeys a year arriving on time and this much-needed improvement to our service is too important to compromise".

He added: 'Throughout negotiations we have tried repeatedly to find ways to meet the RMT's aspirations.

'On the other hand, at any time when we obtain a strategy ahead on one point the union has moved the goalposts by changing its self-discipline.

"I'm hugely disappointed that they have taken this step and if they would do what the other train operators have done and give that guarantee and put those guards on the trains, this matter would be resolved imminently and people could go about their preparations for Christmas without any interruption whatsoever".

An SWR spokesman said: "This strike is the last thing any of us wanted".

Passengers have also been warned that engineering works will hit among the UK's busiest rail traces over Christmas.

London Paddington will be closed from December 24-27 and a reduced timetable will be in self-discipline over the following four days as Community Rail carries out work as a part of the heavily delayed Crossrail project.

It will have an affect on Mountainous Western Railway, Heathrow Explicit and TfL Rail services and products.

Community Rail is accomplishing a filled with 386 projects over the festive duration.

The disruption was worsened by a track circuit failure which hit services between Reading and Ascot, meaning fewer trains were able to run on all lines.

The majority of this will take place over Christmas Day and Boxing Day - when most of the rail network is traditionally shut down - but there will also be limited trains from the station during the morning of December 27.

Quite rather a lot of engineering work skill Southeastern Highspeed and Eurostar trains will now not cease at Ashford, Kent between December 26-29.

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