Rail Strike Update 15 June

Please find below an update (via the Henley Trains rail user group) from Great Western Railway and Network Rail to help with your planning.

“Dear Henley residents

We promised to update you further on the impact of the RMT strike action, and you may well have seen the national update at 1030 this morning by Network Rail and the Rail Delivery Group.

Network Rail has been working hard to cover signal boxes to keep as many routes open as possible on the strike days (Tuesday 21 June, Thursday 23 June and Saturday 25 June).

This is not possible in all areas and there are some routes where rail services will not operate, in other areas a limited service will run, but will start later and finish much earlier.   There will also be a reduced service on the days between and after the strike, Wednesday 22 June, Friday 24 June and Sunday 26 June.

Our dedicated web page www.gwr.com/strike now has an overview of the timetable for each region and clear maps showing where services are operational.  This is a dedicated web page which we will keep updated throughout the week.   In addition, Network Rail are now entering timetable changes into the national timetable database, and detailed changes to weekday services will be available in online journey planners from Friday 17 June, and for weekend services from Saturday 18 June.

We are recommending that even where services are possible customers should only travel if absolutely necessary, services will be busy, and there will not be any replacement road transport.   It is also important to note that there could be further changes, even on the day, particularly if cover cannot be maintained for signal boxes, where routes will need to stop operating.

We understand the impact that these changes will have on customer journeys, and we know it will mean making alternative plans for many.  We will therefore be doing all we can to alert customers to the changes, so they have time to plan. Any help you can give us with that would be very gratefully received.

Please signpost anyone to the webpage for more information –  www.gwr.com/strike – and do email us (*) if you need any clarification, have any questions or any queries.

This is going to be a very difficult week for our customers, we will do all we can to help, but the impact will be significant.

Best wishes

Mark Hopwood CBE
Managing Director, GWR

Mike Gallop
Route Director, Network Rail Western”


(*) Henley Trains are happy to be a hub for questions and community updates as well as for rail advice and can be reached at henleytrains@gmail.com.