South Western Railway workers to hold four-day strike
A union has announced a four-day rail strike as part of a long-running dispute over train guards.
South Western Railway (SWR) services will be affected from Friday 30 August to Monday 2 September.
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) is demanding a guarantee that trains will not run without guards on board.
SWR said it was "struggling to comprehend what this endless strike action is really all about".
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said SWR was "dragging its heels" over the issue, and "putting profits before passenger safety".
He said: "Our members believe that they are being mugged off by the company in protracted talks and I think they are right."
SWR said it had held four days of talks with the union in the last 10 days.
A spokesman said: "It's extremely disappointing that despite having a date in the diary for what we hoped would be constructive talks held in good faith, the RMT union has somewhat cynically decided to call further disruptive strike action, inflicting misery on our customers and colleagues.
"The RMT has always said it wanted us to keep the guard on every train which is what we have offered as part of a framework agreement.
"We want to move the conversation on to how we operate our new trains and take advantage of the new technology on board to benefit our customers."
The union previously announced hopes of a "significant breakthrough" after talks with the company in February.
Commuters said their journeys were "utter madness" and a "total mess" at the start of the previous five-day strike in June.
Overcrowded trains and long queues of passengers at Surbiton station were reported.
The dispute, involving several rail companies, began with RMT strikes on Southern Railway in April 2016.