A five-day strike on the Southern Rail network has started on 8 August, which will see 40% of normal services cancelled for the majority of the week. Southern and the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union (RMT) are involved in a dispute over the role of conductors.

Talks to try to reach an agreement at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) failed last week, the RMT union said. The walkout is the longest of its kind in the UK for decades, and will cause unprecedented disruption to Southern passengers who have already suffered disruption for months.