Royal Ascot 2019: Train strikes threaten to cause carnage for punters making their way to Ascot next week

PLANNED train strikes look set to cause chaos for punters on their way to Royal Ascot next week.

A five day walkout is to take place on the hugely popular line to Ascot from both London Waterloo and Reading.

A dispute between South Western Railway (SWR) and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers over train guards means buses, cars and taxis could be the banker of the day at Royal Ascot.

Only a 'skeleton service' will be in place on the line, with a replacement bus service also on offer for punters.

With the event not underway until Tuesday, there is still time for a resolution to be reached, but Ascot have advised people attending to drive to the track if they can.

It could cause chaos on the roads around Ascot and extra car parks will have to be opened.

SWR have advised customers to keep on eye on their website in the build up to next week on the best way to get to and from Ascot.

The current plan if the strike goes ahead is for two trains an hour to run between Waterloo and Reading – stopping at Ascot, with extra trains put on in the morning and after racing finishes.

Talks are believed to be ongoing between the parties and a last minute showdown is reported to be taking place on Monday.

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