Rail Strike Update – November Strike Action

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 Trains Members,

You may have seen that further strike dates have been announced by the RMT in the coming weeks. On Thursday 3rd and Saturday 5th November, RMT members at both train operators (on board and station staff) and Network Rail (signallers) will be on strike; Network Rail staff will also strike on Monday 7th November. Some TSSA grades at Network Rail will also be on strike on 3rd, 5th and 7th November.

Many parts of our network will have no service at all on these dates. Where we are able to run services these will start later and finish earlier than usual, and expected to be very busy. We will keep our dedicate strike page updated at www.gwr.com/strike which will include the routes we can run on once confirmed.

Our teams are working as quickly as possible to confirm the train plan for both the strike days and the days in between. We will be in touch again next week once we have this detail.  There will also be some knock-on impact to days following the strikes and it is likely that late evening services the day before strikes will be affected.

Our advice to customers will be not to travel on strike dates unless absolutely necessary. This includes travel to Cardiff for the Welsh rugby international on Saturday 5th November, where there will be no GWR services from Cardiff after the match and no rail replacement services in operation. Revised timetables will be entered into journey planners as quickly as possible.

There will also be some impact to services on dates between the strike days, Friday 4th November and Sunday 6th November, with services starting later than usual and potentially finishing earlier.

Refunds will be available without fee, and tickets can be used on alternatives dates.  All information about the strikes is on our dedicated webpage www.gwr.com/strike which will update as soon as we have further timetable information.

Best wishes

Jane Jones
Head of Public Affairs, GWR

Toby Elliott
Head of Communications, Network Rail Western