London Overground Services Hit by Strike

RMT strike causes suspensions from Willesden Junction

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The London Overground services between Willesden Junction and Richmond and Willesden and Clapham Junction are both suspended today, Monday August 26 due to industrial action by the RMT.

Transport for London offers this advice about alternative travel:

There is no train service between Richmond and Willesden Junction on 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 from 6am until 11.30pm 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 ten minutes from 6am to 11.30pm on Monday 26 August.

Rail replacement buses will operate between Shepherd's Bush and Willesden Junction every 15 minutes.

The RMT union is holding industrial action for 48 hours over the issue of the removal of guards from the Overground network.

The RMT say that the 130 guards' jobs that will be lost are safety critical and the move puts millions of passengers lives at risk.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said, "RMT have sent out a clear message in the nine to one vote for both strike action and action short of a strike on London Overground over the appalling, cash-driven assault on our guards members and the absolutely essential role that they play.

"These are the very same staff who have been praised for safely evacuating passengers from emergency situations and who are the eyes and ears of the service at a time of growing violence and thefts on our trains. The failure of the TFL senior management, under Boris Johnson's leadership, and the company to pull back from these proposals has forced RMT to announce this strike action."

August 26, 2013