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Summary

  1. Southern rail conductors staged 24-hour strike
  2. Company says the action had "significant effect" on services
  3. RMT union accused operator of refusing to take part in talks
  4. Govia Thameslink said it was open to talks

Live Reporting

By Bob Dale and Clark Ainsworth

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage from across the day

    Clark Ainsworth

    BBC News

    That's it from the BBC South East team on the Southern rail strike.

    Thank you for following our updates throughout the day and for all your comments and tweets.

  2. Southern: 'Some routes to finish early'

    Southern says some services will finish early tonight because of the industrial action and is advising passengers to check their route before they travel.

    You can get the latest information on the operator's live journey planner page.

    Southern rail train
  3. 'Train more punctual than usual today'

    Commuters have been having their say on Twitter about today's strike.

  4. Restrictions on bicycles 'to allow more passengers'

  5. Hundreds of trains cancelled by strike action

    Hundreds of trains have been cancelled on one of the busiest routes in the UK, causing travel chaos for passengers.

    Three Bridges railway station

    The walkout by RMT union conductors started just after midnight and is part of a dispute over the role of guards.

    Govia Thameslink says the action is "totally unnecessary".

  6. Govia Thameslink: 'Unfounded claims behind union action'

    More from rail operator boss Charles Horton who has accused the RMT union of carrying out a campaign of "scaremongering and misleading claims".

    Charles Horton

    The rail chief said the union had claimed the firm was removing guards from trains, placing safety under threat and putting profit before safety.

    Mr Horton said under the plans there would be the same number of people on trains as there are today. He said all three claims were completely unfounded and untrue.

  7. Southern routes with limited service today

    Southern has published this list of routes with a limited service for the rest of the day.

  8. Passengers: 'It seems to be happening so often now'

    Passengers arriving at Brighton Station give us their views.

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    Video caption: Southern commuters at Brighton Station
  9. Getting ready for the journey back home?

    Rail operator Southern has urged passengers to check before they travel this evening and allow plenty of time to complete journeys, because some services will close down early.

    You can get the latest travel updates through the BBC.

  10. RMT: 'We had no choice but to strike'

    Paul Cox from the RMT says the union is not prepared to sacrifice the conductors' safety role.

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    Video caption: Paul Cox from the RMT
  11. Compensation offer follows disruption

    For those passengers who have suffered disruption, Southern posted the following information on Twitter about compensation claims.

  12. 'German efficiency and fear of being late'

  13. Southern: 'We're very sorry for the disruption'

    Dyan Crowther, chief operating officer of Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs Southern, thinks it's an "unnecessary strike".

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    Video caption: Dyan Crowther from Govia Thameslink
  14. Tell us about your journeys home

    Tanya Gupta

    That's all from me on Southern rail strike. 

    I'm handing over to Bob Dale who will be following the latest on the industrial action and looking ahead to the evening rush hour. 

    We want to hear about your journeys home. Get in touch and let us know how you get on. You can tweet us using #Southernstrikeemail us or leave a message on our Facebook page.  

  15. Campaign to 'keep guards on trains'

     Action for Rail - a campaign by rail unions and the TUC - urges passengers to contact their MPs about the planned Southern changes.

  16. TSSA union: 'Dispute could spread'

    Transport union TSSA has warned the dispute could spread to involve ticket office staff facing job losses with the closure or partial closures of over 80 offices.

    Union leader Manuel Cortes said public support for keeping the offices open had been "ignored by Southern". He said: "We could very soon find ourselves in dispute."

  17. 'Skeleton service'

    And some light-hearted comments are circulating on Twitter amid the industrial action.

  18. Southern: 'Check trains ahead of evening rush hour'

    Advice from Southern here for passengers who need to make return journeys later today.

  19. Govia Thameslink: 'Reduced service operating well'

    The rail operator's chief executive Charles Horton says Southern is "operating well" with a reduced service on strike day.

    But he said: "This pointless and unnecessary action by the RMT causes enormous disruption for the 300,000 people we carry on their commute every day."

    He said rail workers being led astray and misled by trade unions acting in "their own narrow, selfish interests".