Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers have faced delays and cancellations as South Western Railway workers begin a 27-day strike.
Passenger satisfaction with rail services has fallen to a 10-year low after the industry was plagued by a series of issues.
Workers on South Western Railway are to stage two fresh strikes, including on New Year's Eve, in the bitter dispute over guards on trains.
Christian Wolmar said that, while the RMT should come to an agreement, the Government must be prepared to negotiate
General Secretary of Aslef Mick Whelan says the deal is a compromise from the original position
The RMT General Secretary spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer about the latest strike action to blight UK railways
Thursday will see action take place on Southern Rail, Arriva Rail North, Merseyrail, and Greater Anglia
The RMT made the announcement as part of a dispute over the role of guards on trains
An overtime ban is already set to begin on June 29 in a separate row over driver-only trains
A wave of strikes are set to launch by thousands of workers this week, hitting rail, post and airline industries in the run-up to Christmas
The union has said the strike will be over jobs and conditions
They hope to raise £25,000 for a judicial review into the Department for Transport and how they have handled problems with Southern Rail
Shadow transport minister Andy McDonald tells talkRADIO that industrial action on the cross-channel service, along with walkouts at Southern Rail and the East Coast, are "absolutely critical" to the continued safety and security of services…
Staff who work for Southern and ScotRail have gone on strike in protest to driver-only trains