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Two day train strike

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6:37am 8th November 2017

There's misery for commuters who normally get the train from Weymouth to London this morning.

Today sees the start of a two day strike by members of the RMT Union in a dispute over the role of guards on trains.

South Western Railway says they plan to run around two thirds of their normal services into London - but are warning these trains will be busier.

A replacement bus service is operating between Weymouth and Poole.

Further details on the timetable and rail replacement bus services for Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 November:

https://www.southwesternrailway.com/plan-my-journey/rmt-strike

Andy Mellors, Managing Director for South Western Railway, said: "We plan to run around two thirds of our regular timetabled services which will deliver around 70% of the seats we normally provide across the morning and evening peak hours in to London.

"However, we are sorry that many of our passengers will find trains much busier than normal and that, in some places, replacement bus services will run instead of trains on the strike date called by the RMT.

"This strike is unnecessary. We have repeatedly assured the RMT that we plan to keep two safety-trained employees on our trains. This is because we know that a second member of staff provides assurance to our passengers and ensures we have capable colleagues on board to deliver assistance or offer advice during journeys.

"No one will lose their job. We have been very clear that we are guaranteeing the jobs, salaries and terms and conditions of Guards. In fact, as we expand our fleet, we will be hiring more Drivers and Guards to help deliver more and better services for passengers."

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