The RMT union has said that 27 days of strike action are going to take place on South Western Railway next month.
The planned walk outs are due to begin on Monday 2 December as part of a long-running dispute over guards on trains, threatening travel chaos for commuters and Christmas shoppers.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash claims its members had been "left with no choice" – accusing the company of "dangling" a potential breakthrough deal in front of the union and then failing to honour it, for no reason.
He said: "At the last meeting we held with SWR, principles in agreements were made in good faith with the company's negotiating team and we now feel hugely let down again.
"The company's unremitting failure to give assurances that their new operational model won't move to Driver Controlled Operation – with the role of the guard butchered completely – means the union has been left with no alternative but to call further industrial action.
"I want to congratulate our members on their continued resolve in their fight for safety and the role of the guard on SWR.
"It is wholly down to the management side that the core issue of the safety critical competencies and the role of the guard has not been agreed."
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Sky News has approached South Western Railway for a response.
RMT workers are due to go on strike on the following:
From 00:01 on Monday 2 December until 23:59 on Wednesday 11 December
From 00:01 on Friday 13 December until 23:59 on Tuesday 24 December
From 00:01 on Friday December 27 until 23:59 on 1 January
News of the industrial action comes on the same day rail passengers are being warned about engineering work on some of Britain's busiest lines during the festive season.
London Paddington will be closed from 24 – 27 December and a reduced timetable will be in place for four days afterwards so work can be carried out on the heavily delayed Crossrail project.
Great Western Railway, Heathrow Express and TfL Rail services will all be affected as a result.
Major works will also take place at London's King's Cross, including tunnel and structure work, drainage inspections and upgrading overhead line equipment.
The majority will be done on Christmas Day and Boxing Day – when most of the rail network is traditionally shut down – but there will also be limited trains from the station during the morning of 27 December.
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