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Rail passengers on some of the busiest routes in the country faced fresh disruption on Tuesday as workers walked out at the start of a five-day strike in the long-running dispute over guards on trains.
Commuters on SouthÂ WesternÂ Railway (SWR) services, including those into London Waterloo, were hit as members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union took action after the row flared up.
Passengers have reacted furiously to the latest in a string of walkouts, which so far have seemingly achieved nothing.
Customers paying more than Â£5,000-a-year for a season ticket had their regular trains cancelled on Tuesday morning, and those that were running were overcrowded, forcing people to stand or sit in vestibules connecting carriages.Â
At Surbiton, commuters were faced with a 300m queue just to get into the station, and many of the trains that were running on a reduced timetableÂ were delayed.Â
Picket lines were being mounted outside stations across the SWR network, trains were cancelled or delayed, and a bus replacement service was in operation in some areas.
A number of high profile events are being held this week which could be affected by the strikes, including the Royal Ascot racehorse meeting, music concerts at Hampton Court, and a gig by rock band Metallica at Twickenham on Thursday.