Train passengers are strongly advised to plan their travel in advance as services are likely to be busier than usual because of the strike action next week
A South Western Railway spokesperson said:
“Despite having dates in the diary for what we hoped would be further constructive talks, the RMT union decided to call disruptive strike action over the course of five days. Only this week, we met with the union and agreed to arrange new dates to get around the table and continue those talks. However, they seem insistent on going ahead with their unnecessary strike next week. Clearly, they have decided to target popular events such as Royal Ascot with this cynical action which is driven by internal RMT politics.
“The RMT has always said it wanted us to keep the guard on every train which is what we have offered as part of a framework agreement.”
” Rail replacement services and ticket acceptance on other bus and rail networks have been organised where possible, but fans attending events at Twickenham, Hampton Court, Royal Ascot, and elsewhere, are advised to allow extra time for their travel.
Customers can see amendments to train services on the SWR website. More details are promised in due course.