GWR - Update

Published: 15 June 2022

GWR update
Action is planned by both Network Rail staff and train operating staff across
the country, including GWR and Crosscountry Trains. We have been working
together on contingency plans, and tomorrow morning (1030) there will be a
national announcement on the extent of the impact across England and
Wales.
Network Rail has been working hard to cover signal boxes to keep as many
routes open as possible. However, this is not possible in all areas and the
complexity of signals in Cornwall means that there will be no mainline or
branch line services on the strike days, Tuesday 21 June, Thursday 23 June and
Saturday 25 June.
Some routes in Devon, including the mainline, are open on strike days, but
services will be limited and will start later and finish much earlier. Timetables
will therefore be significantly changed.
There will also be a reduced service in all areas on the days between and after
the strike, Wednesday 22 June, Friday 24 June and Sunday 26 June and it will
be important to check before travel throughout the week.
The attached maps show the routes that will be open. They will be available
on the GWR dedicated web page www.gwr.com/strike after the national
announcement, along with an overview of the timetable, and information on
refunds. This is a dedicated web page which we will keep updated throughout
the week.
Network Rail are also now entering timetable changes into the national
timetable database. Changes to weekday services will be available in online
journey planners from Friday 17 June, and to weekend services from Saturday
18 June.
We are recommending that even where services are possible customers should
only travel if absolutely necessary, services will be busy, and there will not be
any replacement road transport. It is also important to note that there could
be further changes, even on the day, particularly if cover cannot be maintained
for signal boxes, where routes will need to stop operating.
We understand the impact that these changes will have on customer journeys,
and we know it will mean making alternative plans for many. We will
therefore be doing all we can to alert customers to the changes, to give
customers time to plan and any help you can give us with that would be very
helpful.
For more information www.gwr.com/strike
This is going to be a very difficult week for our customers, we will do all we can
to help, but the impact will be significant.
Mark Hopwood
GWR Managing Director
Mike Gallop
Route Managing Director Network Rail Western/_UserFiles/File/GWR - update.pdf