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Tuesday, 29 January, 2002, 19:56 GMT
South West Trains resume services
Waterloo Station, London
Passengers at Waterloo Station faced delays
Services on South West Trains (SWT) are returning to normal after 48 hours of disruption following a strike by guards and other workers in a dispute over pay and disciplinary procedures.

Another two-day strike is scheduled for 12-13 February.

The company says that despite the strike, by members of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, it still managed to run a third of its services in southern England on Tuesday.

It had drafted in about 100 managers to fill the roles of guards and platform staff.

The company says that its decision to replace the guards with managers enabled it to operate 12 more services than on Monday.

'Russian roulette'

The initiative was criticised by the RMT, which accused SWT of playing "Russian roulette" with passengers' safety.

SWT spokesman Barry Johnson said: "We started training for more managers immediately after the last round of strikes, and we currently have another 100 training or available for training.

"This means that if the strikes scheduled for 12 and 13 February go ahead, we hope to run 1,000 trains a day, which should cover our major peak services.

"It has been up to individual departments to assess how they manage without members of staff, but it's not been hugely disruptive."

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