Today there was one train an hour on the Bournemouth mainline but 4 per hour on the Portsmouth direct. A few weeks ago it was two trains per hour on both routes.Why ?
Each strike day had a different service pattern as we could only run as many trains as we had guards available. Guards can only work trains on routes that are trained to run on. This is why timetables for strike days became available just a few days before the strike, as our planning team first had to sort out exactly how many guards we would have available for each route.
Yes I understand train crew route knowledge. It still doesn't explain the wide variation between different weeks.
Was there a change of heart by Fratton and Bournemouth guards over a few weeks? ( Or was there a backlog of leave to be taken at Bournemouth?)
I would imagine that it depends more on the availability of relief guards for that area and the roster for those guards that are not members of the RMT or not participating in the strike action