Southern Rail strikes ahead

15 June 2016
Southern Rail strikes ahead

Southern Rail is in a state at the moment, to the point where most people can't talk about it without swearing profusely.

And the air is about to get bluer, as a union has called for another 24-hour strike by conductors on Southern rail trains, thanks to the dispute about the forthcoming driver-only trains.

Southern operator Govia Thameslink (GTR) have said that they're going to give a new role for conductors from 21st August, and the guards will no longer open and close doors.

You might wonder what the fuss is, but the RMT union have said that this role is absolutely vital for the safety of passengers.

As a result, members are looking at walking out on Tuesday 21st June.

RMT's southeast organiser Paul Cox said: "It is not just about operating doors. Conductors will save lives in the event of emergency."

You might be thinking 'well, if conductors aren't needed for the doors in the future, so everything will be just fine' - and you'd be mistaken. Southern say that this strike will end up having a significant impact on services.

Many routes will have no service, and on others, it'll be limited.

Southern passengers have been having a tough time of it of late. GTR's performance figures showed that under one in seven Southern mainline services arrived on time, and that shares are falling with their parent company, Go-Ahead.

TOPICS:   Travel

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