Strike action that would have affected South Western Railway on September 15 and 17 has now been suspended due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Trade unions suspended strike action that was expected to take place this week, due to that falling in the mourning period for the Queen.

She passed away on Thursday, September 8 at the age of 96 having reigned for 70 years.

Members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) had planned strikes before the news, but have now suspended them.

Mourners pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

In a statement SWR said: "South Western Railway (SWR) is advising customers that, following the death of Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II,  the strike action due to affect our network next week has been suspended by the trade unions involved and we welcome this decision.

"At a time of national mourning, we are united with the rest of the railway family in sending our condolences to His Majesty The King and the whole Royal Family.

"SWR plans to reinstate a normal service for the days which would have been affected by the strikes. We are also working through what further changes might be required as part of preparations to help the nation commemorate Her Late Majesty."

Additionally, SWR said they were not able to confirm a timetable for the day of the Queen's funeral on Monday, September 19.

Services are expected to be "extremely busy" on that day, but customers can check the SWR Journey Planner for the latest information at their website here.