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