South Western Railway strikes: could it become the largest in British history?

DECEMBER is expected to be a stressful month for commuters travelling on public transport as South Western Railway begins its 27 day strike.

The South Western Railway strikes will not be taking place on Thursday December 12, Wednesday December 25 and Thursday December 26.

The strikes concern South Western Railway and the RMT (Rail, Maritime and Transport) over guards on trains.

Nearly 900 trains are expected to be cancelled, which is half of what the service usually provides. But the company are planning to run more than half of their weekday services and will be providing longer trains that do run in order to increase capacity.

Railway companies such as Cross Country, Southern and Great Western will be running as normal.

It is said that the South Western Railway strike could cost businesses up to £400 million with an economic impact of £25 million a day. However, there is a possibility that the strikes could be averted according to Mick Boot, a guard for South Western Railway who said: ”Talks are taking place today that may avert the strikes.”

Passengers travelling from Hampshire to London Waterloo have been advised by staff from South Western Railway to plan their journey as Mick Boot continued: ”If you can work from home, do that. If you have to travel please check the train times and be prepared to suffer overcrowding.”

There are talk today that the South Western Railway strike could be averted.

The strike days will take place from:

00:01am on Monday December 2 until 23:59pm on Wednesday December 11

00:01am on Friday December 13 until 23:59pm on Tuesday December 24

00:01am on Friday December 27 until 23:59pm on Wednesday January 1 2020

If you want to find out more information and find out whether your journey will be affective you can visit South Western Rail’s website.

by Cameron Richards (cam_richards13), Alex Daniel (@_alexdaniel97) , Natalia Diaz (NewsbyNatt), Louis Suffil (louisuffill)