Passengers on Southern railway are facing more than 24 hours of disruption due to a strike by conductors over their role and driver-only trains.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out from 11:00 BST, although there will be a limited service from about 07:30 BST.
Regional organiser Paul Cox said it had been left with “no alternative”.
Southern said many routes would have no services at all and queuing systems would be in operation at stations.
In a message to passengers, it said: “Unfortunately we cannot guarantee to get you to your destination.”
Southern rail strike: Affected routesThe Brighton to London line will run a reduced service
A significantly reduced service will run between Eastbourne and Brighton, Gatwick and Purley and East Grinstead and East Croydon
There will be no Southern trains at all on the Tonbridge, Uckfield, Ashford International and Seaford lines
Southern, which is owned by Govia Thameslink Railway and operates in Sussex, Surrey and parts of Kent and Hampshire, plans changes to the role of conductors which will see responsibility for operating the doors switched to the driver.
It said there would be no job losses or cuts in salary and the changes would make staff more visible.
The RMT said passenger numbers had “increased dramatically” and conductors were “the eyes and ears preventing a major tragedy on the platforms and carriages”.
Mr Cox said the union had offered to discuss changes to the role “that would retain the operational and safety commitment from the conductors, but it fell on deaf ears”.
Southern’s passenger services director, Alex Foulds, said the strike was “totally unnecessary”.
He warned passengers to “check before they travel”.
“Some routes will have a reduced service, some routes will have no train at all, and some trains will stop operating at about 6pm,” he said.
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