Information provided to Avocet Line Rail Users Group by GWR.
UPDATE 26th July – there will be no rail services between Exeter and Plymouth on Wednesday 27th August. This is because there are no contingency signallers available to operate signals between Exeter and Plymouth.
Services on strike days will be extremely limited. Where trains are able to run we are expecting them to be very busy, and the last services will be much earlier than normal. There will also be disruption on Thursday 28th July and Sunday 31st July.
Our latest information regarding the strikes including when journey planners will be updated, advice to customers, and guidance on refunds and compensation is available at www.gwr.com/strike.
Planned services in your area are also shown on the webpage, for ease we have listed them here:
On Wednesday 27th July there will be no train services in Cornwall (including all branch lines), and all branch lines in Devon. An extremely limited service will be in operation between Plymouth, Exeter and London between 0730 and 1830.
On Thursday 28th July, services will start later than usual and there will be fewer trains throughout the day.
On Saturday 30th July there will be no GWR services in Devon and Cornwall, or on most of the GWR network.
On Sunday 31st July, disruption is expected following the ASLEF strike the previous day.
The Night Riviera sleeper service will not run on Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th, Friday 29th or Sunday 31st July. It will run on Thursday 28th July.
We will have a clearer idea of the impact on services on Sunday 31st July in particular early next week, and we will be back in touch to update you.
There will be no rail replacement services in operation, and there is potential for further changes even on the day.
Anything you can do to alert your networks, constituents, members, staff and customers about the impact of the strike and the need to check before travelling would be very helpful. If there is anything else we can provide for you to help get the message out please do let us know.
As always if there is anything else we can help with either before or during the strikes, we are here and will do our best to help.
Head of Public Affairs, GWR
Head of Communications, Network Rail Western”