SOUTH Western Railway has criticised a trade union of ‘cynically’ targeting customers ahead of strikes this weekend and the next.
RMT Union will be holding 24-hour strikes on Saturday, November 17 and Saturday, November 24, due an ongoing dispute about guards on trains.
In a statement, South Western Railway said: ‘The RMT is cynically targeting sports fans and families and friends wanting to attend fireworks displays with these latest strikes.
‘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.’
On Saturday, November 17, trains will run from Portsmouth to Fareham – not directly to Southampton Central – with one train every two hours.
An hourly service will run from Portsmouth to Eastleigh, with one fast and one slow train per hour from Portsmouth Harbour to London Waterloo. The London Waterloo to Haslemere trains will not run.
Timetable plans for Saturday, November 24 will be released by SWR nearer the time.