Polegate’s MP has again gone to the Transport Secretary over the situation on Southern Rail.
As the five-day strike action by RMT Union conductors continues, Maria Caulfield is calling for both sites to get back around the negotiating table to reach a deal to end the disruption, which has now gone on for months.
Maria said, “I am very disappointed that this strike is going ahead while negotiations between the unions and Southern Rail are ongoing. Southern have put on the table reassurances that there will always be a second person on each train. This is on top of a large number of commitments already made to the RMT.”
“I have spoken with the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling on this issue this morning. The Government agree that getting both sides round the table with ACAS to try and resolve this dispute remains the most effective available option. I would therefore ask both sides to consider the terrible disruption their actions are having on ordinary people's lives and resolve it as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, Southern say their services are running well today despite the strike, with nine out of ten trains running on time so far.
Southern’s Passenger Services Director, Alex Foulds said, “While the RMT union is hell bent on disrupting our passengers’ lives with this needless strike, we continue to provide the best possible service we can in the circumstances. We urge them to call off this wretched strike and sit down and talk with us to end this dispute.”