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RAIL STRIKES ANNOUCED FOR 30 SEPTEMBER & 4 OCTOBER

The ASLEF union (train drivers) have announced two further strike dates for Saturday 30 September & Wednesday 4 October at train operators across England, including GWR.

As on previous strike days, this will have a major impact on services, with many parts of the network having zero service. Trains that are planned to run will be subject to short notice changes and cancellations, and will start later and finish much earlier than usual. GWR are also expecting there to be an impact on the days leading up to, and after the strikes a.

GWR is working to update journey planners and have a dedicated webpage www.gwr.com/strike with the latest information available. GWR will also be making its customers aware through station and on board announcements, station posters, and social media.

ASLEF has also announced a ban on overtime working from Friday 29 September, and from Monday 2 to Friday 6 October. Whilst GWR does not anticipate that this will have a major impact on their scheduled services, customers should check before they travel using www.gwr.com/check.

There is also the potential for delays and cancellations due to short notice driver absence.  GWR will do their best to avoid this, but the reduced pool of available drivers does make this more difficult. The Night Riviera Sleeper service will not run throughout the period of the industrial action.