Eastbourne’s MP is again condemning strike action on the trains.
The RMT Union is midway through a five-day walkout in the ongoing row over the introduction of driver-only trains on Southern Rail. They fear it would compromise passenger safety.
Caroline Ansell wants to see an end to the dispute and get an improved train service in place for Airbourne, “This week's unprecedented strike, the most prolonged in fifty years, has taken passenger misery to a new level and in a phone call yesterday, I made a direct appeal to RMT union boss Mick Cash to suspend the strike and resume talks.
“The everyday travel challenge is already hellish but I explained to him just how significant an event this week's Airbourne is to the life of the town and the certain, devastating effect rail disruption would have.
“Last week Southern offered what I believe to be a reasonable set of proposals with the promise of further talks. All this could have been progressed without holding passengers to ransom. It is beyond disappointing that negotiations collapsed.
“I have engaged with Southern on their contingency plans, which include alternative routes and co-ordination with emergency services on crowd management at the station. I would like to thank Brighton and Hove Buses and Stagecoach for making additional buses available.
“But, all of his can be avoided. Today, now just 24 hours before the air show begins, I will renew that plea to unions to call off the strike.”
Earlier this morning (10 August) Eastbourne Buzz was informed by Southern Rail that strike procedures will have to stay in place, regardless of whether the industrial action is suspended or not. They say this is due to a lack of time to alter the systems.