Uckfield Line train heading for London Bridge, photographed from the Hempstead Meadows Nature Reserve. File photo

Uckfield Line set to become even more miserable

Uckfield Line commuters are warned to brace for a blizzard of industrial action which will lead to what train operator Southern calls severe disruption.

The company has announced:

“Due to the industrial action by drivers in the ASLEF and RMT unions, regrettably we expect Southern services to be severely disrupted on every day from Tuesday, December 6, until further notice.

Services are expected to be particularly disrupted on the drivers’ strike dates with no services on most routes.”

Journey planners will be only be updated 24 hours ahead of the date in question. At the moment, Southern is indicating a “peak” service on the Uckfield Line with bus replacements between Uckfield and Haywards Heath/Tunbridge Wells also only at peak times. This appears to be similar to arrangements during the last few conductor strikes.

Strike calendar

  • Tuesday to Thursday. December 6 to 8 December (RMT conductors’ strike)
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, December 13 and 14 December (ASLEF and RMT drivers’ strike)
  • Friday , December 16 (ASLEF and RMT drivers’ strike)
  • Monday December 19 to Tuesday December 20  (RMT conductors’ strike) – changed date
  • Saturday December 31 to Monday January 2 (RMT conductors’ strike)
  • Monday, December 9 to Saturday January 14 (ASLEF and RMT drivers’ strike)

The previously announced conductor strike on December 22-24 has been changed to December 19-20.

In addition, ASLEF is imposing an overtime ban.

Compensation for late-running trains

Southern will be introducing the more generous Delay Repay scheme, ‘Delay Repay 15’, on December 11 which will offer passengers compensation for delayed journeys over 15 minutes rather than the current 30 minutes.

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