Uckfield Line train heading for London Bridge.

Southern confident of running 70% of trains during today’s strike

Rail company Southern is confident of running more than 70% of its services today – but advises people to check the timetable before they travel.

The company, which operates on the Uckfield Line said in a press release last night that drivers are now in sole control of the operation of the train, including closing the doors, on nearly 80% of routes.

Many conductors have been transferred to the new on-board supervisor role, focused exclusively on customer service. This means it can operate 10% more of its normal timetable than it has been able to on previous conductor strikes.

Pointless

Angie Doll, Southern’s Passenger Services Director, said: “The RMT is continuing with industrial action that is now pointless.  Because of the changes we’ve now finished making we’re able to run 200 more services – a further 10% increase than previous RMT strike days – on more routes serving more passengers.

“Sadly, our passengers once again face disruption because of the RMT’s intransigence and refusal to suspend action and engage in meaningful talks. We remain ready and willing to meet for face to face talks to end their dispute and move forward to deliver a better railway for passengers.”

RMT

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:  ”RMT demands again today that this union be given access to exactly the same talks process in our Southern Rail disputes as has been brokered for our sister union by the TUC.

“We would remind all parties that not only is RMT a recognised drivers union on Southern but that it is also our guards members who have made huge personal sacrifices in the long fight for passenger safety. The notion that some sort of deal can be done which leaves those Southern guards out in the cold is ludicrous.

“As a result of our exclusion from the talks process set up by the TUC and the Government both our guards and drivers action remains on next week and we demand and expect a positive response to our fresh demand for a seat at the negotiating table.”

Southern advises people to check before they travel at www.southernrailway.com.

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