The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Just When You Thought It Was Safe

20 July 2017 | Updated 01 January 1970
 

The RMT, has suspended both driver and guards strike action on Southern Rail after Secretary of State, Chris Grayling, approached the union for direct talks.

Industrial action had been called for Tuesday August 1 for guards and for Tuesday 1, Wednesday 2 and Friday 4 for drivers.

Strikes could still go ahead on those days if the Grayling talks fail as far as the union is concerned.

 

Platform for misery

From 5 to 28 August, platforms 1-10 at London Waterloo, the UK’s busiest station, will be closed so work can start to extend platforms for longer trains.

Although the number of passengers travelling in August is lower than other times of the year, passengers should still expect: Severe disruption, extremely busy trains, queues at stations.

 

Warning

The station authorities have openly declared: 'If you are able to avoid travelling on this route, either by using alternative options, working from home or taking annual leave, you should consider doing so.

 

If you will be travelling during this time, you are strongly advised to plan ahead and avoid the following times:

 

Morning

Vauxhall:

7.30am - 9.00am

Clapham Junction:

6.45am - 9.30am

Surbiton:

7.30am - 8.30am

Wimbledon:

7.30am - 9.00am

 

Evening

London Waterloo:

5.00pm - 6.45pm

Vauxhall:

5.00pm - 6.30pm

Clapham Junction:

5.00pm - 7.30pm

Wimbledon:

5.00pm - 7.00pm

Passengers are also strongly advised to avoid changing trains at Wimbledon, Vauxhall and Clapham Junction as queuing and one-way systems will be in place.

 

Round-the-clock working

The platform extension project will see round-the-clock work patterns. There will be an extra 1,000 rail staff at stations along the routes affeected. Longer trains will run throughout the day to provide more space. Platforms 20-24 (the former Waterloo International Terminal) will be opened to reduce some of the impact of closing platforms 1-10.

Chris Grayling will meet the RMT over the Southern Rail strikes; but Waterloo (where Southern runs in to) will be a nightmare for commuters for most of August as Platforms 1-10 are closed for extension. See the Waterloo plans below

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 20 July 2017

Share



Related Articles

Rail Strikes - October Duvet Days Announced

The RMT has called further strike all across the country. Guards and driver members will strike  between 12:01am and 11:59pm on Tuesday October 3 and Thursday...

 Read Full Article
Employers And Employees Show New Year Optimism

The Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2018 guide shows that businesses have an optimistic outlook, with 59% expecting their business activity to increase over the...

 Read Full Article
Engineering - Game Afoot To Bridge Skills Gap

The Government's Industrial strategy is only viable if it tackles the skills gap, say employers while a new report reveals there is a lack of diversity in the...

 Read Full Article
THINK! Drink

Tell your friends not to drink drive this festive period says the latest THINK! campaign which started on December 7. For this year’s campaign, which runs to...

 Read Full Article
London Bridge (and Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Waterloo East, Farringdon) Falling Down

All tracks surrounding landmark London Bridge station are now in place and ready for 2018. Network Rail’s Thameslink Programme has reached another crucial milestone...

 Read Full Article
McDonalds Security Contractor In 'Remove Your Hijab' Scandal

Thursday evening, November 30, McDonalds Restaurants discovered the hard way that a relationship with a contractor - in this case, employing cheap, untrained security...

 Read Full Article
Breathing Life Into London's Lungs As Pollution Death Rate Rises

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has strengthened his commitment to protect London’s Green Belt and other important open spaces for future generations and set out...

 Read Full Article
RBS Swings Environmental Axe In National Tree Week

In one year, the energy saving additive EndoTherm has helped RBS to reduce its energy consumption by 29% and carbon emissions by 10 tonnes. The new innovation, a...

 Read Full Article
All Aboard On The Air Quality Charabanc

Local authorities and bus companies in Bristol, York, Brighton, Surrey, Denbighshire and Wiltshire have been awarded 11 million funding under the government’s...

 Read Full Article
Annie Sees Hard-knock Life As IWGB Files Landmark Case

On Tuesday 21, the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) filed what could turn out to be a landmark test case. The IWGB will argue that outsourced...

 Read Full Article