Uckfield rail services axed to cope with ASLEF overtime ban

Key early morning commuter trains from Uckfield and Buxted will be dropped from Southern’s emergency timetable to cope with an overtime ban by drivers.

Gone, from Thursday, June 29, will be the 05:16, the 07:05 and the 08:01 departures from Uckfield.

Homeward bound trains are also affected in the changes brought in to deal with the ban by members of the ASLEF union.

Most of the peak trains from London Bridge are scheduled to run, although the 15:38 and 16:38 are missing.

As a result, there will be no evening Oxted shuttle.

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What Southern are saying about the overtime ban

 

Southern Passenger Services Director Angie Doll said: “This action is going to be very inconvenient to our passengers and communities but by putting in this revised timetable we will be able to run a more reliable and consistent service.

“We’ve been safely running our trains with drivers closing the doors on additional routes since January and have had six months of sustained improvement in service levels and positive passenger feedback.

“We urge ASLEF to put an end to their industrial action and allow passengers to get on with their lives.”

What ASLEF are saying

 

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF said: “The company’s failure to engage over DOO [driver only operation] is the reason our members will no longer work overtime – which, of course, is entirely voluntary – from Thursday, 29 June.

“By giving the company another fortnight, we had hoped to avoid industrial action because industrial action is always the last resort; we would much rather talk, and negotiate, around a table, than take industrial action.

“As for pay, that is now eight months behind schedule – on a deal that should have been done back in 2016 – but which the company has refused, until now, to negotiate with us.”

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