Reduced Train Service From Eastbourne During Strike

Monday 5th September 2016


Commuters using Eastbourne Railway Station are being warned some services will be hit this week, as Southern cut over a third of all trains because of strike action.

Conductors with the RMT Union are walking out for 48 hours on Wednesday (7 September) and Thursday (8 September) in the ongoing row over the introduction of driver-only trains.

During the industrial action, there will be no trains from Eastbourne to Ashford International via Hastings and limited trains between Eastbourne and Brighton.

Southern Passenger Services Director Alex Foulds said, “Passengers will be rightly dismayed that the RMT has chosen to disrupt services yet again.  

 “This two-day strike will achieve nothing. After many months of trying to reach agreement with the RMT, we are now moving forward with our plans for the benefit of customers and we urge the RMT to join us in putting passengers first.

 “We have guaranteed all our onboard staff a job until the end of the franchise, with no reduction in salary. Our plans are safe, and will mean fewer cancelled trains. We are sorry that our passengers will once again suffer because of RMT intransigence, and we urge the union to work with us to find a sensible way forward.”

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