Rail passengers face severe and significant disruption
Southern Railway has announced that passengers should expect “severe and significant disruption” to Southern and Gatwick Express services from today, 6th December 2016. Major delays are being blamed on industrial action by the ASLEF (Associated Society of Locomotive Steam Enginemen and Firemen) and RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers) unions. The unions have called action amid safety concerns over Southern Rail’s decision to force workers into driver-only operated train services.
Conductors start a new three-day strike today and Southern drivers will place a ban on overtime working also from today. On 13th December drivers will begin the first phase of nine days of strike action. The drivers’ overtime ban, coupled with RMT strikes will see a 50% reduction in full timetable operation on RMT strike days.
Southern Railway has warned that if the ASLEF strikes do go ahead, on those strike days there will be no Southern services at all. There will, however, be Thameslink services to Three Bridges and Brighton and a reduced service on Gatwick Express.
If you are due to fly to or from Gatwick and would usually travel to the airport by train, you should consider an alternative whilst the rail disruptions are ongoing.
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