FURTHER DISRUPTION TO TRAIN SERVICES AT BUSIEST TIME OF THE YEAR

Further disruption to train services on the main rail line between Waterloo and Exeter St Davids is expected at the busiest time of the year as Rail Union RMT announce three more dates of industrial strike action. No trains will run to or from Crewkerne Railway Station on Saturday December 22nd, Thursday 27th and Monday 31st (New Year’s Eve). At the time of going to press, South Western Railway were still planning their timetables for the forth-coming strike days, in the long running guards dispute. Alternative travel arrangements from Crewkerne station to Yeovil Junction and to Exeter St Davids are expected to involve replacement bus services as on previous days of industrial action.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “South Western Railway continues to refuse to make any progress at all in resolving this dispute, which is about safety, security and access on South Western Railway. The company are hell bent on opening up a loop hole that would allow them to run services, driver only, at their discretion. Recent figures have shown a shocking surge in violence on our railways across the festive season and it is appalling that South Western Railway are looking for a green light to throw the guard off their trains as and when they see fit in the name of profit.

“SWR might think it’s acceptable to play fast and loose with passenger safety, security and access but RMT members, who have stood firm throughout this dispute, despite appalling harassment from the company, will not accept a dilution of the safety regime on the railway. The company should get out of the bunker and start talking seriously rather than sitting back and just hoping that the issues of safety, security and access will go way. They won’t.”

Rail passengers hoping to travel on the SWR main line between Waterloo and Exeter St Davids on days of industrial strike action are advised to check the availability of train services well before beginning their journey by visiting www.southwesternrailway.com

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