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Commuters are braced for travel chaos on Monday as train drivers will walk out as part of a long-running dispute over pay and working conditions.

A series of strikes started last week coupled with an overtime back, which has led to widespread cancellations across England on Monday.

Aslef members at Chiltern, Great Western Railway (GWR) and CrossCountry will strike on Monday.

Chiltern and CrossCountry confirmed trains will not run at all Monday. While GWR said services will be “extremely limited.”

GWR said in a statement: “On Monday, a reduced, revised timetable will operate across several train operators, including GWR.

“Many parts of the GWR network will have no service at all and trains that are running will only be operating for a limited period during the day.”

GWR services that do run on Monday will start at 7am and finish at about 7pm. The company added: “On the days after strikes, services could also be affected by a limited number of short-notice cancellations and alterations.”

The dispute started 20 months ago and remains deadlocked, with no talks planned.

Aslef says it has not met transport ministers for more than a year, and employers since last April, when the union rejected a pay offer linked to changes in working practices.

Train operators and the Government insist the offer is “fair and reasonable”, and have urged the union to ballot its members.

Aslef said that regular reballots on continuing with industrial action, as required under law, have returned huge votes in favour.

The overtime ban will end on Tuesday.

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