Commuters are facing weeks of chaos after workers at the South Western Railway began a almost month-long strike.
The strike will not take place on the day of the 12 December general election, and as usual there will be no trains on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
The union and South Western Railway have been blaming each other after talks collapsed.
RMT members on the line are striking to keep a guard on every train service. Clare Moriarty, permanent secretary at Brexit department DexEU, tweeted the train operator: "I can not believe that on a strike day when there only two trains from my station in the peak hour you have *shortened* train length by a third".
An estimated 850 providers will likely be cancelled, changed by buses or earn sooner than commonplace, and trains that attain bustle are anticipated to be busier than commonplace.
The general secretary, Mick Cash, said the union was "angry and frustrated that a set of proposals that would have guaranteed the safety-critical role of the guard at the point of despatch, and which would have cost the company absolutely nothing, were kicked back in our faces last week".
"The union and the traveling public are forming - and it stinks".
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The union has said that it remains available for meaningful negotiations with SWR to avoid disruption. "The company should grab it with both hands".
"What we are not prepared to do is the necessary modernization of the service, which improves performance, safety and customer service, that our new fleet of modern commuter trains will offer in a vital way to our customers".
"We know our passengers will welcome over 10 million more passenger journeys a year arriving on time and this much-needed improvement to our service is too important to compromise".
Early on Monday morning, SWR said in a statement on Twitter: "RMT strike starts today and we will be running an amended timetable until the New Year". Nonetheless, every time we fetch a advance forward on one level, the union has moved the goalposts by altering its plight.
He added: "This strike is exclusively about protecting safety and accessibility on SWR trains".
"They acknowledged at the outset this used to be about maintaining the guard on the put collectively - that's precisely what we have equipped".
"Unfortunately it's a ways definite to us that the RMT is unclear on what this dispute is about and intent on inserting no matter what".
The strikes will run from today (2 December) until Wednesday 11 December, followed by further strike days from 13 December to 24 December, and from 27 December to 1 January.