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This weekend there’s an Overground strike – and only 53 people voted for it

by LLB Reporter
23rd Aug 13 9:19 am

Watch out this weekend if you’re planning to use the London Overground, as on Sunday 25 August and Monday 26 August it looks like there won’t be any trains running on the Richmond/Clapham Junction and Stratford Junction routes.

That’s thanks to a strike… that just 53 Overground staff voted for. It’s been prompted by union RMT, and is protesting against Transport for London’s plans to make 130 guards redundant.

The 53 Overground guards who did vote for the strike make up just 43% of those who were eligible to vote on it.

Richard Tracey, Conservative transport spokesman on the Greater London Assembly, said the rules on how much support a strike needs to happen are “absurd” and should be tightened up. He thinks majority support should be needed to carry out a strike.

“If London had introduced 50% plus [strike] back in 2005 – which requires a majority of all eligible trade union members having to vote ‘yes’ for strike action to go ahead – there would have been four days of strikes rather than 30 days,” he said.

Rail replacement buses will be provided in place of Overground trains on Sunday and Monday.

Visit TfL to see the full details of how the strike will affect Overground services this weekend, which are copied here:

Sunday 25 August and Monday 26 August

Richmond/Clapham Junction to Stratford routes:

Between Willesden Junction and Stratford a regular train service will operate with four trains per hour in each direction, with an additional further two trains (six in total per hour) between 18:00 and 21:00.

The first train from Willesden Junction will be at 09:00 on Sunday 25 August and at 06:27 on Monday 26 August.

The last train from Willesden Junction will be at 22:56 on both days.

The first train from Stratford will be at 09:05 on Sunday 25 August and at 06:50 on Monday 26 August.

The last train from Stratford will be at 22:45 on both days.

There will be no train service between Richmond and Willesden Junction on either Sunday 25 August or Monday 26 August.

Between Richmond and Gunnersbury, customers should use the District line.

Rail replacement buses will operate between Gunnersbury and Willesden Junction, calling at all stations, every 15 minutes from 08:30 until 23:30 on Sunday 25 August and from 06:00 until 23:30 on Monday 26 August.

There will be no London Overground train service between Clapham Junction and Willesden Junction.

Additional rail replacement buses will operate between Clapham Junction and Shepherd’s Bush every 10 minutes from 07.30 to 23.30 on Sunday 25 August and from 06.00 to 23.30 on Monday 26 August.

Rail replacement buses will operate between Shepherd’s Bush and Willesden Junction every 15 minutes from 07:30 to 23:30 on Sunday 25 August and from 06:00 to 23:30 on Monday 26 August.

Watford Junction to Euston route:

The normal service will operate on both days.

Gospel Oak to Barking route:

There will be no train service between Gospel Oak and Barking on either Sunday 25 August or Monday 26 August. 

Rail replacement buses will operate between Gospel Oak and South Tottenham, calling at all stations, every 15 minutes from 08:30 until 23:00 on Sunday 25 August and from 06:00 to 23:20 on Monday 26 August. 

Rail replacement buses will operate between South Tottenham and Barking, calling at all stations, every 15 minutes from 08:30 until 23:00 on Sunday 25 August and from 06:00 to 23:20 on Monday 26 August.

Highbury & Islington to New Cross/Crystal Palace/ West Croydon and Clapham Junction routes:

Sunday 25 August

Due to planned engineering works, there will be no train service on Sunday 25 August between Highbury & Islington and Shadwell or between Surrey Quays and Clapham Junction.

Rail replacement buses will operate between Dalston Kingsland and Shadwell and Canada Water and Clapham Junction, calling at all stations, every 30 minutes from 07:00 until 23:30.

Between Shadwell and West Croydon train services will operate every 15 minutes.

Between Shadwell and Crystal Palace train services will operate every 15 minutes.

Between Shadwell and New Cross train services will operate every 15 minutes.

Monday 26 August

The normal timetabled service will operate on both days.

London Overground operates a Saturday service on Bank Holidays.

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