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Commuters hit with travel chaos as rail strike continues

 South Western Railway (SWR) train. Rail services on some of the busiest routes in the country will be disrupted this week because of a five-day strike by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on South Western Railway. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday June 17, 2019. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on South Western Railway will walk out from Tuesday, hitting services including busy commuter trains into London Waterloo. Services will be cancelled or disrupted and the stoppage coincides with the Royal Ascot horse race meeting.
Travellers heading to work on Monday might face main disruption (Picture: PA)

Commuters might face main travel disruption on their manner into work on Monday morning as prepare strikes proceed into the week.

The four-day walkout, launched by Members of the , Maritime and Transport union on South Western Railway, will proceed to hit companies till Tuesday morning.

Many travelling into work after the summer season holidays might be affected by cancelled and delayed prepare companies, with fewer companies operating into Waterloo – the ’s busiest prepare station.

Some companies are anticipated to get replaced by various bus routes.

SWR mentioned it deliberate to run simply over half its regular timetabled service over the course of the strikes.

The industrial motion, which started on Friday, comes after a long-running dispute over guards on trains.

South Western Railway train, as rail workers are said to be "solidly supporting" a fresh strike in the long-running dispute over guards on trains, which has hit services on some of the busiest routes in the country. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday August 30, 2019. South Western Railway services were disrupted by the start of a four-day walkout by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union.
Many trains might be changed with bus companies (Picture: PA)

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash mentioned: ‘In the most recent part of strike motion on South Western Railway over passenger security and the important function of the guard on the prepare/platform interface our members are standing united and decided to safe a real settlement.

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‘The resilience of RMT members all through this lengthy, exhausting struggle to place security on the railway first is a credit score to the commerce union motion.

‘It is now entirely down to SWR to engage in serious and meaningful talks that honour the pledges they made to the public earlier this year on safe operation on their trains now and into the future.’

An SWR spokesman mentioned whereas companies are more likely to be busier than traditional, it ‘will do everything we can to keep customers moving’.

Passengers have already been taking to Twitter to complain in regards to the strike which hit simply as kids have been going again to high school.

He added: ‘The RMT has at all times mentioned it needed us to maintain the guard on each prepare which is what we’ve provided as a part of a framework settlement.

‘We need to transfer the dialog on to how we function our new trains and reap the benefits of the brand new expertise on board to learn our prospects. We stay dedicated to discovering an answer that can assist us construct a greater railway for everybody.

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‘We will also look for opportunities to introduce extra services each day to help keep our customers moving so recommend checking the SWR app for the latest travel information.’

A Transport Department spokesman mentioned: ‘Every single commuter prepare which doesn’t run as a results of this completely pointless strike impacts on hundreds of passengers, who should have uninterrupted companies.

‘SWR is working hard to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum.’

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