Honiton: Further train strikes to place next week
By Kate Baxter
30th Aug 2023 | Local News
Honiton will this week be affected by on-going industrial action for the second time in less than a fortnight.
September 1 and 2 will see only an 'extremely limited' service on the South Western Railway (SWR) network and the majority of the lines will be closed completely.
There will be no trains to or from Honiton on the strike dates.
Friday 1 September is the first time main line train drivers have taken part in the strikes and as a consequence there will be even fewer trains running than on previous strike days.
Queueing systems and crowd control measures are likely to be in place in locations were there are some trains running.
The upcoming strikes are taking place after a summer of industrial action - the most recent strike day was as recent as Saturday 26 August.
Customers are advised to only travel on the network if absolutely necessary.
The closest station to Honiton with a service to the capital will be Basingstoke on Friday and Salisbury on Saturday. There will be no replacement buses.
Anyone wishing to travel on these days should check their journey because other train operators will also be affected on both days.
Stuart Meek, South Western Railway's Chief Operating Officer, said: "This is the first time our network has been subject to full strike action by members of the ASLEF Union and, as a result, we are only able to offer an extremely limited service on Friday 1 September.
"Friday 1 September will be different to previous days of strike action with a lot fewer trains running and with the majority of the network closed. Our advice to customers is to not travel unless your journey is absolutely necessary. The few services we will be running are likely to be extremely busy and we may have to use queuing systems and crowd control measures.
"A significantly reduced service will operate the following day, Saturday 2 September, with more lines open but with large parts of the network still closed. Trains will only run between 0700 and 1900 and so our advice, again, is to only travel if journeys are absolutely necessary.
"If customers must travel on either day, they should check their entire journey before travelling, with other operators also impacted by strike action. We're really sorry for the disruption."
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