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Strike chaos for SWR passengers

Rail delays: Commuters at Wimbledon during a previous strike

HUNDREDS of thousands of rail passengers were today facing weeks of disruption in a strike over guards on trains.

Members of the RMT union on South Western Railway have walked out for 27 days until New Year’s Day — the longest stretch of action against a major rail operator in living memory.

About half of services will run, including those to and from London Waterloo, the country’s busiest railway station. Services will be cancelled, replaced by buses or finish earlier, while trains that do run are expected to be busier than normal.

Talks collapsed last week with both sides blaming the other. RMT general secretary Mick Cash accused SWR of wanting the strike for ‘politically motivated purposes’, while the train operator said the union had made ‘outdated demands’.