Conductors with the RMT Union may have been instructed to accept the new contract from Southern to become onboard supervisors, but it’s not stopping strike action hitting Eastbourne commuters today (11 October).
As of midnight, guards walked out for three days to show they’ve not accepted the decision to introduce driver-only trains lightly. Yesterday, Southern attempted legal action to stop the strike from going ahead, but the RMT remain defiant, insisting the move to remove guards from trains will be detrimental to passenger safety.
Southern have warned passengers that there will be no trains from Eastbourne to Hastings throughout the industrial action, but say replacement buses will cover the route and onwards to Ashford International. Services through to Brighton.
Stagecoach has announced it will be laying on extra Wave 99 buses between Eastbourne and Hastings whilst the strike action is in place.