Workers at South Western Railway, Northern, Greater Anglia, Merseyrail and Southern have begun a series of 24-hour strikes over the role of train guards.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) will walk out on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the first full week back at work following the festive
break after last-ditch talks collapsed.

Passengers who use South Western Railway (SWR) are likely to be the worst hit, with the rail operator expecting to cancel at least 450 trains a day – a quarter of its
service – during the three days of strikes. Northern said it will run around 1,350 services on strike days, more than half its normal timetable, with most running
between 7am and 7pm. Greater Anglia will run a full service despite staff strikes on all three days.

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