Every type of Southern Rail passenger affected by the strikes

Ah, the woes of being a Southern Rail passenger. It's like being in a toxic, but committed relationship - because let's face it, you need Southern Rail, yet the service continually lets you down.

In the latest bout of travel misery, all of Southern's 2,242 weekday services have been cancelled, causing the worst disruption for more than 20 years.

Understandably, Southern Rail passengers have taken to Twitter to voice their thoughts and feelings - and here is every type of person you'll encounter.

The utterly infuriated

The bitter

The sarcastic

The despondent

The mathematicians

The conspiracy theorists

The darkly humorous

The smug (disclaimer: these people do not need to travel on Southern Rail today)

And lastly, the victorious

Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, said of the strikes: "We regret the action we are taking today. We don't want to inconvenience passengers nor do our members want to lose money, but we have been forced into this by an intransigent company that is not prepared to negotiate.

"We are prepared to negotiate; that is how we struck a deal earlier this year with ScotRail which works for the company, the passengers and the staff. It can be done. But Southern didn't want to do a deal. Their definition of negotiations and talks is to sit down and tell us what they want to do. They should look the word up in the dictionary if they don't understand.

"It's up to the company, and the Government, to be flexible and end the misery of commuters. The power is in their hands. Why won't Chris Grayling tell Southern to do the right thing for once?"

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A Southern spokesman said: "We are sincerely sorry that Southern services are at a standstill today. These strikes are wholly unjustified and we must find a way forward.

"We want to talk to Aslef's leadership to try and find a way to resolve this dispute. We have invited them to meet and we hope we'll be able to begin those talks soon."

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