Should next week’s RMT Union strike go ahead as planned, Southern are promising to run later trains between Eastbourne and Brighton then what we’ve seen during previous industrial action.
They’re also planning to run replacement bus services between Eastbourne and Hastings and on to Ashford International.
The rail firm, which this week saw a Twitter campaign to get passengers to berate the Union for its industrial action spectacularly backfire, says it intends to run 61% of its normal full timetable, across its network.
Govia Thameslink Rail – Southern’s parent company – has been locked in a bitter dispute with the RMT Union for ten months, in an ongoing row over the future of conductors on trains. GTR wants to introduce driver-only trains and switch guards for onboard supervisors in a quest to modernise the service it provides to customers. However, the Union says this will compromise passenger safety. Last minute talks are due to be held tomorrow (6 October) to try and stop the strike action.
Angie Doll, Southern Passenger Services Director, said, “We very much hope that our talks tomorrow will be productive and bring an end to this unnecessary dispute. But if next week’s strike does go ahead, then we will be doing all we can to provide the best possible levels of service for our passengers, using every resource available to us.”
If the talks do fail, conductors with the RMT Union plan to walk out for three days from Tuesday 11 October.