Rail strikes affecting Portsmouth this weekend – here’s everything you need to know

RAIL commuters are facing further disruption this weekend as strikes from RMT union continue.

RMT staff will be holding a 24-hour strike on Saturday, November 24, due to an ongoing dispute about the role of guards on trains.

South Western Railway services have been affected. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

South Western Railway services have been affected. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

In a statement, South Western Railway said: ‘We have guaranteed a guard to be rostered on every single service, and our growth plans mean more guards, not fewer.

‘It is time for the union to stop spreading myths and causing misery to our customers and colleagues, and commit to resolving this dispute.

‘If the union decides to continue with its unnecessary action, we will do everything we can to keep our customers moving and reduce disruption.’

Trains will run between Southampton Central and Fareham, with one train every two hours – but won’t stop at Swaythling Station.

The Portsmouth trains to London Waterloo via Basingstoke will only run hourly between Portsmouth and Southsea and Eastleigh.

A reduced service will also be running from Portsmouth Harbour to London Waterloo via Guildford, with one fast and one slow train per hour.

The London Waterloo to Haslemere trains will not run, and stopping services will call additionally at Milford and Witley in both directions.