Proposed Rail Strike – Thursday to Saturday

fgw-trainThe Henley Branch User Group (HBUG) would like to share the advice of First Great Western (FGW) who say that in the event of a rail strike later this week, they expect the majority of local services to still run, including on the Henley branch line.

Thames Valley Services will operate as normal with the following alterations:

• Between Reading and Gatwick: Hourly
• Between Reading and Basingstoke: Hourly
• Services between Maidenhead and Marlow will terminate at Bourne End
• Oxford, Reading, London fast services will be operated by turbo trains

The proposed strike action is about the replacement of the 40-year-old slam door long distance trains used by FGW.  Mark Hopwood, FGW’s Managing Director, says:

“This industrial action is about the new trains we are bringing into operation, the largest fleet upgrade on the Great Western for a generation, which will shave journey times by as much as 17 minutes, and provide the extra seating capacity we know our customers want to see. In order to be able to do this we need to operate these trains differently to the way we operate our current 40 year-old High Speed Trains. The best way to make the most of these new trains, in an efficient and safe way, is by the use of driver operation of the doors.”

If you plan to travel further afield, things may be more difficult, so keep an eye on the media and the FGW website.   We encourage users of the Henley Branch Line to join HBUG to hear about (and discuss if need be) issues affecting travel on the line.   Just write to us at

The full announcement can be read here



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