Engineering works in Southampton cause chaos for commuters

RAIL commuters have been affected as engineering works continue to disrupt services while the threat of strike action has been averted – for now.

Frustrated passengers have been told train services are being replaced by buses on the routes in and out of Southampton Central from Eastleigh, Brockenhurst, Fareham, Woolston and Romsey, every weekend until the start of March.

Strikes in Southampton have caused chaos for commuters
Strikes in Southampton have caused chaos for commuters

The works will improve the rail access to the Docks.

In a rare piece of good news for passengers, scheduled strikes by workers on South Western Railway have been cancelled this Friday.

Engineer works at weekends in Southampton has meant bus replacement services are helping commuters reach their destinations.
Engineer works at weekends in Southampton has meant bus replacement services are helping commuters reach their destinations.

Members of the RMT union are in dispute with the rail company over the use of guards on trains, a breakthrough in talks has resulted in no cancellations for trains this week.

Further strikes on March 9 and 16 have also been suspended.

The company have now offered a guarantee of a guard on the South Western Railway services that have been involved in the dispute.  

RMT have cancelled strikes for this Friday due to a breakthrough in talks with South Western Railway.
RMT have cancelled strikes for this Friday due to a breakthrough in talks with South Western Railway.

South Western Railway have confirmed that each passenger train shall operate with a guard with safety critical competencies which will be agreed by SWR and RMT.

Frustrated commuter Seb Zany said: “The trains recently have been so bad recently it’s unbelievable, I was traveling to Brighton the other day and had to get two bus replacement services back to Southampton but they were both late.”

Passengers are being advised to keep an eye out for all the latest engineer and strike news
Passengers are being advised to keep an eye out for all the latest engineer and strike news that is displayed inside various stations.

The public have been advised to stay up to date with all the latest travel information via the South Western Railway website.

by Abbie Lambden,  Annabelle Mullee, Noor Merza and Connor MacMahon