Passengers travelling on the Weymouth-Waterloo line are being warned to plan journeys ahead of five days of strike action next week.

The RMT union is staging the action from Tuesday to Saturday over the guard guarantee on trains, and it means fewer trains will be running.

South Western Railway (SWR) has now announced what services it will be running on strike days.

For Weymouth and Dorchester passengers, SWR will be running an hourly train shuttle to and from Bournemouth. Passengers can change at Bournemouth for trains (hourly service) to Southampton and London.

The summer service from Weymouth to Corfe Castle won't be running next Saturday. And Holton Heath station will not be served on strike days.

A South Western Railway spokesperson said: "It’s very disappointing that despite having had dates in the diary for what we hoped would be further constructive talks, the RMT union decided to call disruptive strike action over the course of five days."

The spokesman added: "Passengers are strongly advised to plan their travel in advance as services are likely to be busier than usual because of the strike action. Rail replacement services and ticket acceptance on other bus and rail networks have been organised where possible, whilst fans attending events at Twickenham, Hampton Court, Royal Ascot, and elsewhere, are advised to allow extra time for their travel.

"Customers will be able to see amendments to their train services, as currently published on our website, in journey planning systems from today. Further information on additional main line peak-time services – over and above the amended timetable – will be announced in due course."