Expect major travel disruption in London over the August bank holiday as London overground workers go on strike.

The two-day strike will take place from midnight on Sunday 25th August. The action is by rail union RMT London overground guards in protest over plans to scrap train guards. The Transport for London plans to introduce Driver Only Operation on the entire London overground network will put millions of passengers at risk, says the union.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said that ridding the network of the guards will “give the green light to the thugs, thieves and drunks to turn this important and growing rail service into a criminals playground”.

“It will also turn London overground services into a no-go area for those with disabilities and others needing assistance as both trains and stations are de-staffed in the name of the TFL cuts drive”.

He added: “The failure of the TFL senior management, under Boris Johnson’s leadership, and the company to pull back from these proposals has forced RMT to announce this strike action.”

Current rules dictate that London overground trains are not allowed to run without the guards on board, so the 48 hour strike will likely lead to cancellations and delays across the network.