SOUTH Western Railway train strikes cause travel misery for thousands of passengers commuting today.
As a result trains are being cancelled or delayed and a bus replacement service is operating in some areas.
Commuters into London, as well as racegoers at Royal Ascot, will face travel hell because of the long-running dispute over guards on trains.
Passengers trying to get to work this morning faced long queues, crowded trains and delayed services.
Many shared images on social media of queues going up the high street from Surbiton station in Surrey.
One said it was “absolute mayhem” while others feared they wouldn’t make it to work.
James Robinson from Surbiton was also caught in the disruption at the London neighbourhood’s train station.
The communications director said: “The queuing starts half way down the high street.
“Lots of people frantically making phone calls to work and chasing alternative routes into London.
“We have this all week to look forward to!”
Others complained they were stuck on “dangerously crowded” trains.
Another said they witnessed a disabled passenger unable to board the train with their service dog and blasted it as “disgusting”.
Britain is braced for another deluge this week with heavy downpours and thunderstorms on the way – as rail commuters face disruption thanks to a five-day strike.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) walked out today over South Western Railway’s failure to satisfy their request for a guard on each train.
Industrial action was suspended in February as a resolution seemed in sight but the union is renewing strikes after accusing the company of dragging its heels in protracted talks over the past few months.
The RMT said SWR company was not prepared to give assurances its new operational model won’t move to driver controlled operation, which sparked fears of a “stitch up”.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash yesterday said: “Our members have been left with no choice but to go ahead with strike action tomorrow.”
SWR said it was “very disappointing” the union had decided to call the strike despite dates being set for more talks.
A spokesman added: “Clearly, they have decided to target popular events such as Royal Ascot with this cynical action which is driven by internal RMT politics.”
People attending Royal Ascot, music events at Hampton Court and Metallica at Twickenham on Thursday night have been advised to allow extra time for their travel.
To compound the misery those events are likely to be hit by torrential downpours.
After a bright day in the South East today, things will take a turn for the worse on Tuesday and Wednesday with thunderstorms forecast to cause disruption and flooding.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of the South East, East Anglia and parts of the Midlands, running from 6pm on Tuesday until 9pm on Wednesday.
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The North East, Scotland and Northern Ireland are expected to see periods of heavy rain and hail today.
Heavy rain could cause fresh hell for residents in rain-hit Lincolnshire today after more than two months’ worth of rain fell in two days, causing the River Steeping to burst its banks.
Meteorologist Dean Hall said: “We are keeping an eye on it as there could be some issues with surface water and flooding”.
Residents will be moved amid concerns about flood defences along the River Steeping[/caption]
A woman was seen battling torrential downpours on Westminster Bridge last week[/caption]
Two people walk along a footpath in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens, which have flooded due to the heavy rain[/caption]
This Pub beer garden in Bridgnorth flooded with a passing duck to the right in Shropshire[/caption]
Severe floods have hit Shropshire this week[/caption]
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