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TRAINS REPLACED BY BUSES AS STRIKE ACTION GETS UNDERWAY

Those hoping to use Island Line trains today (New Year’s Eve) will have to think again as strike action gets underway.

Services are suspended between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin for the entire day as staff walk about in the continuing row over the role of guards on trains.

The latest RMT industrial action – the first of a further 3 planned strikes in January – comes as revellers head out for drinks and parties tonight to see in 2018.

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Buses are replacing trains to the following timetable:

31st Dec ONLY
Ryde Esplanade 0657 0757 0857 0957 1057 1157 1257 1357 1457 1557 1657 1757 1857 1957
Ryde St Johns 0705 0805 0905 1005 1105 1205 1305 1405 1505 1605 1705 1805 1905 2005
Brading 0717 0817 0917 1017 1117 1217 1317  1417 1517 1617 1717 1817 1917 2017
Sandown 0726 0826 0926 1026 1126 1226 1326 1426 1526 1626 1726 1826 1926 2026
Lake 0731 0831 0931 1031 1131 1231 1331 1431 1531 1631 1731 1831 1931 2031
Shanklin 0736 0836 0936 1036 1136 1236 1336 1436 1536 1636 1736 1836 1936 2036
Shanklin  0649 0749 0849 0949 1049 1149 1249 1349 1449 1549 1649 1749 1849 1949
Lake  0654 0754 0854 0954 1054 1154 1254 1354 1454 1554 1654 1754 1854 1954
Sandown 0659 0759 0859 0959 1059 1159 1259 1359 1459 1559 1659 1759 1859  1959
Brading  0708  0808  0908  1008  1108  1208  1308  1408  1508  1608  1708  1808  1908  2008
Ryde St Johns  0720 0820 0920 1020 1120 1220 1320 1420 1520 1620 1720 1820  1920  2020
Ryde Esplanade 0727 0827 0927 1027 1127 1227 1327 1427 1527 1627 1727 1827 1927 2027  

 

Andy Mellows, South Western Railway’s Managing Director has said:

“The last few months have been challenging, with industrial action and poor performance, making life difficult for everyone. I had hoped to start the New Year on a more positive note, instead I have to tell you that the RMT has announced three further strikes for January 8, 10 and 12”.

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