PASSENGERS are being told to expect "severe delays" as Berkshire is set to be hit with more train strikes next week.

Members of the ASLEF union representing train drivers at South Western Railway are planning another nationwide strike between Monday, July 3 and Saturday, July 8.  

South Western Railway is advising passengers to check their journeys and plan ahead during the strike.

The train company said, "while the majority of services will run, to help avoid short-notice amendments and cancellations and to provide greater certainty for customers, SWR will operate an amended timetable throughout this industrial action."

Services are most likely to be reduced to hourly in off-peak periods with cancellations during the morning and evening peaks.

Some first and last trains may also be cancelled.    

Chief operating officer at South Western Railway, Stuart Meek, commented: ​"We’re sorry that customers will again face disruption due to industrial action next week. Anybody planning to travel should please check their whole journey before setting off and be aware that services are likely to be busier than usual. 

"Instead of making numerous short-notice amendments and cancellations to our standard timetable, we have decided to provide greater certainty for our customers by creating an amended timetable that we have a high degree of confidence we can reliably and safely deliver each day."

Customers headed to the first week of Wimbledon should expect services to be especially busy and should allow extra time for their journeys. 

The RMT union has also called nationwide strike action for three dates next month: Thursday, July 20, Saturday, July 22, and Saturday, July 29.

South Western Railway customers should expect severe disruption to train services on these dates and may wish to consider changing travel plans now if possible.