Portsmouth fans travelling to Scunthorpe by train warned of potential disruptions caused by rail strike

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Pompey fans making the long trip to Scunthorpe are being warned of potential disruptions caused by rail strikes. 

South Western Railway (SWR) services will once again be affected by industrial action, with staff walking out over a long-running dispute about train guards. 

Pompey fans travelling to Scunthorpe by train warned of disruption caused by rail strikes. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South

Pompey fans travelling to Scunthorpe by train warned of disruption caused by rail strikes. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South

League One leaders Portsmouth are travelling to the Lincolnshire side on Saturday as they look to remain top of the table. 

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Train services between Portsmouth and London will be reduced due to the strike – so travelling fans are advised to check SWR’s website for details. 

When is the strike? 

Members of the RMT Union who work for SWR will be holding a 24-hour strike on Saturday, November 24.  

Why are they striking? 

The union and SWR are in dispute over the role of guards on trains. 

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.’

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How will services be affected?

A reduced service will be run by SWR. 

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.