As if the morning commute wasn’t already hard enough in these cold winter months, it looks like there’s set to be another set of rail strikes to add to the pain.
RMT workers from South Western, Greater Anglia, and Southern Rail will be striking on dates throughout January.
These will affect thousands of passengers, so rail companies are advising people to make other arrangements if possible.
When will the strikes take place?
South Western and Greater Anglia will be holding three 24-hour walk-outs on Monday January 8th, Wednesday January 10th, and Friday January 12th.
Southern Rail will be striking for 24 hours on Monday January 8th.
These strikes will run from 12.01am until 11.59pm on the days mentioned.
Which routes will be affected by the strikes?
South Western have confirmed that they’ll aim to run 70% of trains, although this will still see over 1,500 services cancelled.
Southern will be running most routes but some will be subject to alterations and limits. Check on their website to find out more.
Greater Anglia have said they will be running all their routes despite the walk-outs, but it might be worth adding extra time to your journey in case of delays or overcrowding.
Why are railway workers striking?
The dispute between the RMT union and the Department of Transport comes from the removal of a number of train guards, with more of the same planned for the future.
RMT would like assurance from Transport Minister Chris Grayling that there will be no trains running without a second trained member of staff. This is largely due to safety fears, but also because the move to phase out these guards will potentially mean job losses.
Driver-controlled trains have been a contentious issue between unions and transport bosses, with one side saying they could be unsafe, and the other saying they have been used for decades without issue.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash has urged Chris Grayling for a summit on the matter to discuss a possible middle ground.