CHAOS PREDICTED FOR NEXT WEEK
organisations are predicting
chaos on the roads of West London
on Monday and Tuesday as a result
of a strike on the trains
South West Trains will be running
a much reduced service during
the 48-hour strike and the chances
are that there will be no service
at all on the Hounslow loop
line which links local stations
to Waterloo. There is not expected
to be a service at Chiswick
station. Stagecoach which owns
South West Trains has said it
will try to lay on extra coaches
on Monday and Tuesday to ferry
commuters from stations where
there are no trains to stations
still being served.
Something you won't be
seeing on Monday and Tuesday
RAC is urging people to work from home if possible
warning that traffic movement in West London
will be very slow indeed.
The worst affected roads locally are likely
to be the A3 and the A316. During previous
strikes the A4 and A40 have been heavily congested
but have generally still flowed.
strikes are planned on February 12 and 13.
Up to date details of strike day services are
also available from National Rail Enquiries
on 08457 48 49 50.
outstanding dispute is over the demotion of
union official Greg Tucker from train driving
duties. The RMT have accused SW Trains management
of victimisation but MD Andrew Haines responded
by saying, "We absolutely refute this.
Mr Tucker was demoted from his position of
driver and after a final warning committed
yet another safety breach. He has been treated
exactly the same as other members of staff
in similar disciplinary circumstances. "
Haines clearly feels that the action is more
about a union official than pay. He said, "Throughout
our dealings with the union, it has been made
clear that for some in the RMT hierarchy, the
dispute over pay could be resolved if Mr Tucker
were reinstated in his job. Our message is
clear: we will not compromise on the question
of safety by reinstating him."
of Services during action from SW Trains
Greg Tucker Limerick Competition