Southern strike: trains cancelled as RMT rail workers walk out

London to Guildford and Brighton lines affected as safety row rages on

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Industrial action by rail workers is causing widespread disruption
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8 January

UK rail strikes: commuters face week of chaos

Thousands of commuters face a week of travel chaos, with three days of strikes planned across five rail operators.

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Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) at South Western Railway (SWR), Arriva Rail North (Northern), Merseyrail and Greater Anglia are staging 24-hour walkouts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Sky News says.

The strikes, which will mainly affect services on SWR, “coincide with a 24-hour walkout by employees at Southern Rail on Monday”, reports the London Evening Standard.

SWR passengers are likely to be worst hit. The operator anticipates cancelling at least 450 trains a day - a quarter of its service. Greater Anglia says it plans to run a full service despite the disruption. Southern, today facing its 39th RMT strike, plans to run a normal service on most routes, although there will be some alterations, including a limited service on the West London Line during peak times.

A Department for Transport spokesperson said the dispute was not about safety and that employees had been guaranteed jobs and salaries for several years.

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