The train company is urging customers not to travel due to strike disruptions

RAIL operators are advising people to avoid unnecessary travel and warned trains will be very crowded due to the reduced supply.

Disruptions to the rail network continue after yesterday’s strike by the RMT union, in which more than 40,000 workers took part in the strike.

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), which operates the Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express services, said trains will run a modified Sunday service, with trains starting later in the morning.

Customers are advised to reveal this later, plan their trips and check their trips before traveling.

Strike action will also disrupt those traveling into London, with disruptions to the capital’s Tube and bus services.

Angie Doll, GTR’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “Services for the entire period between 18th and 21st August also begin 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. On strike days trains also finish as early as 4.30pm 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.”

Only one in five trains across the country ran, with several areas having no service throughout the day due to the industrial dispute.

A spokesman for the Department of Transportation said workers “choose to inflict misery and disrupt the daily lives of millions rather than work with industry to agree a deal that will bring our railroads into the 21st century.”

Rail union leaders said the longstanding dispute over wages, jobs and working conditions will continue “as long as it lasts”.

More strike action will take place tomorrow, with services east and west of Sussex set to be halted by the latest strike. The train company is urging customers not to travel due to strike disruptions

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