All the latest news and reaction as the first of a month-long series of strikes hitting southern England begins
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- All you need to know about the South Western Railway strike
- Are you taking part or affected by the strike?
Labour have announced a raft of new transport policies as the South Western Railway strike takes its toll on commuters.
Labour will bring the railways back into public ownership and cut regulated rail fares by 33% from January 2020. Children aged 16 and under would receive free rail travel under the party’s plans, while part-time workers would be guaranteed “fair” fares.
Here is the Guardian’s transport correspondent, Gwyn Topham, latest report on the strike. Some commuters have reached out to speak of their frustration:
Commuters who found seats described “horrendous” journeys. Richard Clarke, from Farncombe, on a delayed 7.01am train to Waterloo, said: “I am on the 7.01 and it is horrendous, full and standing … No one could even force their way on once we arrived at Woking.”
Passengers expressed anger that SWR laid on shorter trains than usual. Clare Moriarty, permanent secretary at the Department for Exiting the EU, tweeted the train operator: “I cannot believe that on a strike day when there are only two trains from my station in the peak hour you have *shortened* train length by a third. Please have some thought for your passengers.”Continue reading...