Only travel if necessary on strike days warns GWR

A significantly reduced timetable has been announced, with only 30 per cent of services operating on strike days.

Thursday 16th June 2022 6:00 am
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A Great Western Railway Intercity Express Train at speed. (Picture: GWR )

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Train operator GWR has announced its planned timetable to operate next week as industrial action by the RMT union at train operators across the industry and Network Rail is expected to severely affect services from June 21 to 25.

The company serves Totnes and Ivybridge stations.

GWR is warning people to expect severe disruption and to only travel by rail if absolutely necessary.

GWR will operate as many trains as possible during the strike action however, most train services will be affected on the days announced. Due to the timing of the strike action, services in between strike days will also be affected.

On strike days the operator is aiming to provide about 30 per cent of its usual timetabled services, and about 50 per cent on non-strike days.

GWR Managing Director Mark Hopwood said:

“We very much welcome the opportunity to continue to talk with the RMT to avert strike action. Any strike will impact on customers’ journeys and can only damage the post-Covid recovery everyone at GWR has been working to win back, while at the same time making it more difficult to deliver the changes we need to secure jobs and services for the future.

“I’m hopeful the RMT will step back, however colleagues have been working hard to put contingency plans in place and give certainty to customers who need to travel. The priority will be to keep trains running and customers moving safely, but changes will be needed to allow that to happen and customers may wish to alter their plans.”

Where trains are able to run, they are expected to be extremely busy and replacement bus services are not able to be provided.

On the days of strike action, June 21, 23 and 25, GWR expects to only be able to operate services along the following routes and stations:

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