Uckfield Line passengers angry over withdrawal of all services during strike

Updated: August 3

Uckfield Line passengers have reacted angrily to the news Southern has no plans to run any trains next week on the Uckfield Line, if the RMT conductors’ strikes goes ahead.

They took to social media to express incredulity and dismay at the company’s response to the strike on services from Uckfield, Buxted, Crowborough and other stations further north on the line.

Uckfield Line train

Uckfield Line train to London Bridge (file photograph)

One traveller said: “Southern fail, again and again and again.”

Another asked the company if it thought people on the Uckfield Line did not need to go to work for a week? “No service for five whole days next week; unacceptable.”

The RMT Union and Southern are expected to have talks today (August 3) to try and avert the strike.

Southern will run some services on other routes but has said there could be cancellations and queueing systems may be in use at some stations.

In a separate move, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, called for the Southern franchise to be taken into public ownership during a meeting in Brighton last night, which was part of his campaign to be re-elected leader.

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A total suspension of Uckfield Line trains all next week (Monday to Friday) is the likely outcome of a planned strike by conductors.

That appears to be train operator Southern’s plan to cope with the strike by members of the RMT union.

At lunchtime today, Southern said information was subject to change and passengers should check for the latest information before travel.

“At this stage we are firming up the details of the service we are likely to be able to offer during the strike and confirming ticket acceptance with other operators.

“We are also continuing to seek dialogue with the RMT to prevent this unnecessary strike.

“The information shown is based on the previous strike and is subject to confirmation,” Southern said.

This bitter dispute is over the future role of conductors, and drivers operating the doors.

In previous strikes over this issue, services have been suspended on the Uckfield Line and that, as things stand, is the plan for next week.

The strike is planned to last from August 8 to 12 inclusive.

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