PEOPLE are urged to travel ahead of a planned rail strike only if necessary.
Network Rail RMT Union members will go on strike on Wednesday 27th July.
The Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will offer the same reduced service as during the last strikes in June but is encouraging passengers not to travel during the day and the following morning.
For Sussex there are only trains from London and on the main line from Brighton. There will also be a service to Hove.
Govia Thameslink Railway Chief Operating Officer Angie Doll said: “Unfortunately, due to strikes by RMT members on Wednesday 27 July, we have to once again ask people not to travel unless absolutely necessary. There will be very few train services and some routes will be closed altogether.
“Services begin much later than normal and end as early as 4:30 p.m. All this can lead to very crowded trains and possible delays. Passengers should plan ahead and consider traveling at a different time.
“We are very disappointed that passengers across the country are now fearful of further rail disruptions. Our focus remains on encouraging RMT to work with the industry to find a quick fix.”
Trains start later and finish earlier, with some trains ending as early as 4:30 p.m. There will be no replacement buses available.
The strike is expected to affect those traveling for the England women’s semi-final match on Tuesday, July 26. It will also affect the Commonwealth Games on Thursday 28 July.
Network Rail Chief Executive Andrew Haines said: “I can only apologize for the impact this senseless strike will have on passengers, particularly those traveling on holiday or attending events such as the UEFA Women’s Euro semi-finals 2022 on Wednesday, July 27, attend the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, Thursday, July 28.
“It’s frustrating to once again ask our passengers to change their plans and only take necessary trips.”
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