WITH planned strike action due on Saturday, more than half the amount of trains will continue normal service this weekend.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) on South Western Railway (SWR) will strike for 24 hours, leading to delays and fewer trains than normal on Saturday, 15 September.

This includes only one train per hour running in each direction from Basingstoke to London Waterloo.

However, SWR has arranged for replacement bus services and ticket acceptances with a number of other bus and rail companies.

A spokesperson for SWR said: “We thank all of our customers for their patience and those guards who have worked to keep services moving during the RMT’s unnecessary summer strikes.

“We know how frustrating the RMT’s industrial action is for customers, and we are doing everything we can to minimise disruption, maximising service provision and extending trains where possible to provide additional seats.

“We continue to seek constructive talks with the RMT and have proposed a framework for these talks which would guarantee a second person with safety critical competencies rostered on all trains.”