All the latest news and reaction as the first of a month-long series of strikes to hit southern England begins
- Are you taking part or affected by the strike?
Richard Clarke, who works in insurance and travels between Farncombe and Waterloo, sent this photo of his train this morning.
Clarke said: “I am on the 701 and it is horrendous, full and standing once we left Guildford.
Some commuters are using the Twitter hashtag #swrstrike to vent their frustration about the strike. Here’s a selection from those commuting this morning.
Day one of @SW_Railway strike, 6.30am. Already huge delays to few trains running, massive overcrowding & ‘signal failure’. This just isn’t sustainable for a month. The franchise should be taken away from them. @SW_Help #swrstrike
Dear @SW_Help, I cannot believe that on a #SWRstrike day when there only 2 trains from my station in the peak hour against the normal 6, you have *shortened* train length by a third. Please have some thought for your passengers
Good start to the #swrstrike. Train from Shepperton to Kingston (only) delayed. Arrived at latter for the train to Waterloo – unsurprisingly, it’s delayed. @SW_Help @SW_Railway are a disgrace, but so to are the gov. for letting this farce continue (especially as fares go up YoY)