RMT Says Rail Strike Isn't Over In Eastbourne

Tuesday 11th October 2016

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Eastbourne commuters are once again facing no trains to Hastings today (11 October) as strike action hits the rail network.

Conductors with the RMT Union have walked out for three days in the on-going row over their future on Southern trains.

Some commuters are complaining that although bus replacement services are in place, some stations, such as Pevensey Bay and Normans Bay have been abandoned, with no transport on offer to them.

Early this morning, those heading to London faced further delays as engineering works overran. Network Rail’s chief operating officer for the South East, Andy Derbyshire, said, “I'm really sorry for the unnecessary disruption to the passengers on the Brighton mainline this morning.

“As part of our ongoing track and signalling improvement work, we were undertaking track work in the Balcombe tunnel area last night. One of our heavy engineering machines suffered a break down late into the works, causing the delay to opening the line this morning.

“I will be investigating the cause of breakdown but sincerely apologise for this delay to your journey.”

Eastbourne Buzz has been down to the picketline outside Eastbourne Railway Station to find out why conductors, who are now being encouraged to accept contracts to become onboard supervisors, are still taking strike action:

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