SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY: The rail company will strike on several occasions over the summer

Brits will face travel hell this week as several large companies go on strike.

Staff from South Western Railway (SWR) will walk out on Thursday, July 26, Saturday, July 28 and Tuesday, July 31.

However, these are not the only dates which will affect rail passengers, as the rail company will strike for eight days over six week in the busy summer period.

In addition to these dates, the rail company will strike on the first three Saturdays in August.

These are Saturday, August 4, August 11 and August 18.

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There will also be a 48-hour strike on Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1.

The strikes will cause chaos for thousands of Brits across the network – especially those travelling in and out of London.

Trains will terminate at Waterloo, Victoria, Clapham Junction, Wimbledon and Richmond.

The strike comes amid a host of strikes across the country, including Ryanair who are striking today and tomorrow, affecting 50,000 customers.

Eurostar workers will also walk out for 24 hours on Saturday, July 28.

Will my train be affected?

SWR say they have “put together plans to ensure we run as full a timetable as possible on these days”.

There will be a rail replacement bus service during the weekday strike days.

These include between Exeter St Davids and Yeovil Junction, although Crewkerne, Feniton, Whimple, Cranbrook and Pinhoe wont be served.

A bus service will also operate between Virginia Water and Weybridge, and between Guilford and Ascot.

There are also services which wont be run at all during the weekday strikes.

These are Leatherhead to Dorking, Salisbury to Bristol, Westbury to Yeovil Junction via Frome, Surbiton to Hampton Court, Teddington to Shepparton and Merrylands Station.

To see the revised timetable click here.

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Can you claim compensation?

If you are travelling on the day of the industrial action and you are delayed 15 minutes or more, you can claim compensation.

This is done through the Delay Repay scheme.

If you have already booked tickets, and have an off peak, super off peak, advance or anytime ticket, you can claim a full refund if your train is cancelled or delayed.

To do this you have to keep your ticket, and apply for a refund within 28 days of the date of travel.

However, SWR warn they may charge a £10 administration fee per refund request.

If you bought your ticket online at the SWR website, you can apply for a refund online.

If your ticket was purchased from another company or travel agent, you need to claim your refund through them.

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