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More strike action dates confirmed for South Western Railway

More dates for strike action on South Western Railway have been confirmed in a long running dispute over the role of guards on trains.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out from 10:00am on March 9 and March 12.

It's the sixth time SWR staff have voted for industrial action.

Passengers experienced weeks of disruption when RMT members went on strike for 27 days during December, leading to thousands of services being cancelled.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash claimed its members had "no choice" but to vote for strike action.

We are disappointed that the RMT has chosen to announce further strike dates, particularly as we already have further talks planned.

After a month of strikes last December, we hoped the union would realise that talking, not striking is the only way forward.

While we have compromised on a number of points since this dispute started, SWR is the only suburban network within London with guards still operating the doors.

– SWR spokesperson