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Date of Southern rail strike action changed again

Updated 4.45pm, May 10

The RMT union has again changed the date of its strike action against Southern.

Conductor members will now strike on:

Wednesday, May 18

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Planned strike action this week by the RMT union against train operator Southern has been postponed.

It is now scheduled to take place on May 20 and it is highly likely there will be no trains on the Uckfield Line.

The strike had been due to run from today (May 10) to Friday, May 13.

If the strike takes place on May 20, Southern has advised passengers that it will have a “significant effect” on its services.

Only a limited service will be available on certain routes between around 07.30hrs and 18.00hrs on others, though the company will extend the services hours if it isable.

Queuing systems will be in place at many stations that are open so you may have a long wait before you are able to board a train. Southern cannot guarantee to get you to your destination.

Gatwick Express and Thameslink services will be largely unaffected by the strike but some services are expected to be extremely busy on these days and some Gatwick Express trains will be unable to call at certain stations, so please allow more time for your journey.

“To ensure we are able to provide travel for as many passengers as possible on these days, cycles will not be permitted on Southern, Gatwick Express, or Thameslink trains (south of Blackfriars) on the dates affected by strike action, Southern said.

More details on the Southern website

*There is, however, disruption to Southern services across its network due to a “high level of conductor sickness”.

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