Update on train strikes in Somerset

GWR announced today plans for cover for the next trains strikes. The strike days are called for Thursday 15 and Saturday 17 September. However as before there will be some disruption to services either side of the actual strike days.

GWR warn that on Wednesday 14 September trains will run as planned. There will be some minor changes to late-night services. Please check before you travel. The Night Riviera will not operate.

Thursday 15 September Where trains run, there will be an extremely limited service. Services will start at 07:30 and all journeys must be completed before 18:30. However we have been advised that no trains services will be available from Somerset stations on this strike day.

Friday 16 September Trains will be running across most routes. However services will continue to be disrupted with a reduced, revised timetable in operation. Check the GWR website for details.

Saturday 17 September – Strike Day A significantly limited service will operate. Please make alternative travel arrangements and only travel by train if absolutely necessary. There will be a limited service from Bristol Temple Meads to Exeter St Davids/Plymouth through Taunton. Some trains may stop at Highbridge and Bridgwater – but you are advised to check before you travel. However no other services will be available in Somerset.

Sunday 18 September Non-strike day but services will start later. A normal timetable will run but anticipate short-notice cancellations. Sleeper service operates.

On Monday 19 it is expected that normal service will resume.

For more information and to check on timetabling before you travel, visit https://www.gwr.com/

UPDATE this evening (8 September) on the news of Her Majesty Elizabeth II’s passing the planned rail strikes were postponed. 

A statement from the RMT union confirmed the news, with general secretary Mick Lynch saying: ‘the RMT joins the whole nation in paying its respects to Queen Elizabeth. The planned railway strike action on September 15 and 17 is suspended. We express our deepest condolences to her family, friends and the country.’

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