COMMUTERS face rail woes today as a 28C heatwave threatens delays ahead of a crippling train strike.

Speed restrictions are in place on some lines with delays and cancellations expected until Saturday.



The tracks will be affected as temperatures soar to make Britain hotter than Malibu today.

Network Rail tweeted: "Temperatures are set to soar in parts of Britain this weekend.

"Very hot weather can severely impact train services."

A Chiltern Railways spokesman said: "Due to expected hot weather, speed restrictions will be imposed on the rail from todayuntil Saturday 18th June inclusive.

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"Services will be subject to delay and cancellations. Please check your journey before you travel."

Chiltern Railways runs trains from central London to destinations in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and some long-distance services to the West Midlands.

It comes after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps vowed to defeat rail union "dinosaurs".

He wrote exclusively for The Sun after it emerged half the country will be paralysed by train strikes next week.

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Mr Shapps accused union chiefs of being “in another world, populated by dinosaurs” pushing “out of date” working practices, no longer fit for purpose.

He said: “They believe they can demand a substantial pay rise without promising to reform outdated working practices that should have been consigned to the Museum of Industrial Relations.”

And he added: “I believe in the railways. That’s why we must win — to save them from stagnation and decline.”

Just one in five trains will run on strike days — with last services leaving by 6.30pm and disruption expected all week.

A Network Rail map reveals only half of the ­network will be operating, with no services to Chester, Bournemouth, Blackpool, and most of Wales.

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Militant unions told rail users they should work from home for a week to avoid the impending travel chaos, which is set to cost the fragile economy £150million.

Some 50,000 drivers and staff will take to picket lines, claiming their pay rises and conditions fall short.

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