Rail commuters bemoan crowding as South Western begins month of strikes

First day of walkouts over role of guards leaves passengers struggling to board trains

The start of a month-long strike has brought an even more arduous rush hour for hundreds of thousands of commuters on South Western Railway, one of Britain’s biggest train operators.

Passengers were forced to queue outside some stations while others crammed on to overcrowded trains, as barely half of SWR’s normal services ran.

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