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Workers cut short strike on UK's troubled Southern Rail

  • Protesters show banners outside the Transport Department in London, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. Rail workers stage a protest over the Southern Rail dispute followed at 5.30pm by a march from Victoria Station by commuters and the Campaign for Better Transport. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Protesters show banners outside the Transport Department in London, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. Rail workers stage a protest over the Southern Rail dispute followed at 5.30pm by a march from Victoria Station by commuters and the Campaign for Better Transport. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protesters show banners outside the Transport Department in London, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. Rail workers stage a protest over the Southern Rail dispute followed at 5.30pm by a march from Victoria Station by commuters and the Campaign for Better Transport. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Protesters show banners outside the Transport Department in London, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. Rail workers stage a protest over the Southern Rail dispute followed at 5.30pm by a march from Victoria Station by commuters and the Campaign for Better Transport. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)  (The Associated Press)

  • A protester displays a placard and waves a banner outside the Transport Department in London, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. Rail workers staged a protest over the Southern Rail dispute followed at 5.30pm by a march from Victoria Station by commuters and the Campaign for Better Transport. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    A protester displays a placard and waves a banner outside the Transport Department in London, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. Rail workers staged a protest over the Southern Rail dispute followed at 5.30pm by a march from Victoria Station by commuters and the Campaign for Better Transport. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)  (The Associated Press)

Striking workers on a British rail network have called off the final two days of a strike that has disrupted the journeys of hundreds of thousands of commuters.

Arbitration service Acas says the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union and Southern Rail have agreed to new talks.

RMT staff walked out Monday over plans to remove conductors from trains. The strike was due to last five days.

Wednesday's decision is good news for beleaguered commuters on Southern, which runs trains between London and its densely populated southern commuter belt. The company has seen months of one-day strikes and cancelations that it blamed on staff shortages.

More strikes are planned elsewhere on Britain's overburdened rail network, including on Eurostar, which runs services to France and Belgium under the English Channel.