As a third day of talks resume to try to avert strike action by conductors on Southern, the CEO of the company has written an open letter to passengers.
In it, Charles Horton calls the planned action by the RMT Union ‘totally unacceptable, unjustified and unnecessary.’
It is still unknown as to whether industrial action will take place next week or what the situation will be on trains in and out of Eastbourne. Earlier this week, Southern gave the RMT a deadline of yesterday afternoon to call off the industrial action, which is due to last for five days – coinciding with Airbourne. With the deadline passed, there is still no word as to whether strike measures will be enforced or if a full timetable – albeit the emergency timetable – will be able to run.
Should strike action go ahead, there will be no trains between Eastbourne and Hastings and there will be a limited service between Eastbourne and Brighton. Southern is already advising passengers heading to Pride in Brighton this weekend, not to go by train.
The long-running dispute between the RMT Union and Southern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway is over the introduction of driver-only trains, which are due to come into force later this month.
Open letter from Charles Horton, CEO. pic.twitter.com/FImmf1XQLD— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) August 5, 2016