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Image caption Commuters at Putney station have been affected by the strike action. Thousands of commuters are facing disruption as a five-day strike by South Western Railway (SWR) staff over the role of train guards begins. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) began the walkout at 00:01 BST. Stations and platforms across the network were packed with morning commuters struggling to get to work. In Surbiton, hundreds of people queued down the street as they waited for services. A reduced service is running across the network , but SWR said extra morning and early evening trains would run between London Waterloo and Reading to help people heading to Royal Ascot. SWR, which ... Full story

18 June