Rail companies have urged people to avoid unnecessary travel later this week as rail workers stage more strikes.
Members of the RMT union at Network Rail and 13 train operators will strike again on Thursday 18 August and Saturday 20 August, with services canceled or delayed across the county.
The strike, which is expected to involve 40,000 workers, is likely to cause the same level of disruption that customers and commuters experienced in June.
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), which operates the Southern, Gatwick Express and Thameslink services, has warned trains will be late starting and early ending, with no alternative travel options available.
A skeleton service is scheduled to operate Thursday and Saturday, with about a quarter of services running and many lines closed altogether. Gatwick Express services will not operate on strike days.
Angie Doll, GTR Chief Operating Officer, said: “We strongly advise passengers not to travel by rail on August 18-20 unless absolutely necessary.
“Strike action by RMT members means that train services across the country will again be severely restricted, with many routes not running at all.
“Services for the entire period between August 18th and August 21st also start much later in the morning than usual, so please arrive later in the day if you can.
“The first trains will be very crowded and you may not be able to board. Trains also finish as early as 4.30pm on strike days, so please plan ahead if you absolutely must travel on those days.
“We are so disappointed that the train disruptions caused by the strike are hitting our passengers again. We urge the RMT to work with industry and find a solution.”
GTR has reached out to stakeholders, including hospitals, to update them on the impact of the strike action.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch has threatened more strikes in the coming weeks and months if Transport Secretary Grant Shapps doesn’t stop interfering to prevent a deal on the wage dispute.
Mr Lynch said: “He is threatening our members with fire and P&O-style reinstatement and the reintroduction of driver-only services, which will result in a drop in safety standards and job losses.
“If these proposals become law, there will be the greatest resistance in the entire labor movement, rivaling the general strike of 1926.”
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