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Southern Rail strike: Hundreds of thousands of passengers face chaos due to longest industrial action in 50 years since 1968

UK London News - August 8th

London and Brighton trains affected, Passengers hit with massive disruption amid worst walkout for decades. five-day strike bringing “misery to hundreds of thousands of passengers”

Passengers face four more successive days of cancelled, delayed and overcrowded services with the strike by Southern Railway guards belonging to the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union lasting until midnight on Friday.Passengers face four more successive days of cancelled, delayed and overcrowded services with the strike by Southern Railway guards belonging to the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union lasting until midnight on Friday.

This strike is only the latest pandemonium faced by passengers on the Southern network. Passengers have already protested about delayed, cancelled and overcrowded trains for some months as the network's owner, Govia Thameslink (GTR), negotiates with a major transport union.

The RMT union said its five-day walkout in opposition to a new role for conductors was "rock solid".

The union also claimed it had an overwhelming mandate for the walk-out, which affects services across a swathe of southern England - despite only slightly more than 300 members voting for it.

Angry exchange on Southern rail picket line

Southern said it will only be able to run 60 per of services with hundreds of trains cancelled each day.