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Update on Summer Strikes

South Western Railway (SWR) have now confirmed that all stations between Yeovil Junction and Exeter will have a replacement bus service on strike days.

This follows an outcry from SERUG, local rail users and pressure from the media (including the BBC) to think again about not providing a service of any sort (bus or rail) on strike days.

Please visit the SWR website for timetables of the revised services. http://www.southwesternrailway.com

SERUG Statement on latest SWR Strike Action:

Rail Passengers facing weeks of summer disruption

The last-minute announcement by South Western Railway (SWR) of 8 more days of strikes by the RMT is certain to cause more misery to passengers on the Waterloo/Salisbury/Exeter line. The fact that only 24 hrs notice has been given before the first strike day, is scant re-assurance that SWR care about communicating effectively with their passengers.

Worst hit will be passengers travelling to or from stations between Yeovil Junction and Exeter, where no services will run at all on strike days. SWR will operate a bus service between Yeovil Junction and Exeter approximately every two hours (calling at Axminster and Honiton only). However, Crewkerne, Feniton. Whimple, Cranbrook and Pinhoe – whose passenger numbers total almost 500,000 per year – will have no service whatsoever.

Yet again, the West of England line will suffer the most appalling disruption. For Crewkerne, Feniton, Whimple Cranbrook and Pinhoe stations, it seems that SWR have simply thrown in the towel.

Where strikes fall on a Saturday, the service will be even worse, with no trains serving Tisbury or Templecombe, in addition to the above. SWR are simply advising passengers not to travel at all on their network – that’s a very big ask during the peak of the summer holiday season. Try telling your children that they can’t go on holiday.

There are only 9 stations across the whole of the SWR network with no Saturday service on strike days… 7 of these are on the Salisbury to Exeter section. One wonder whether passengers themselves will throw in the towel too.

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