Strike Action Leaves Villages Like Westham Out In The Cold

Tuesday 6th December 2016

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Pevensey and Westham, Pevensey Bay and Normans Bay are to all be without a train service again for the next three days.

Southern conductors with the RMT Union have walked out today (6 December) in the ongoing row over their future. Southern are changing their role to on board supervisors, which guards say will be detrimental to passenger safety – a claim strongly denied by Southern.

Throughout the strike, there will be no trains running between Eastbourne and Hastings, with the smaller, more rural stations also not being served by the replacement bus service. One commuter has been faced with this situation many times over the past few months.

Southern are warning the situation will get worse for commuters, when drivers under the union Aslef also start to strike and only work contracted hours, without taking on any overtime.

Southern Director Alex Foulds said, “Regrettably, because of this wholly unnecessary and unjustified industrial action, there will be severe and significant disruption on our network from today and customers are advised that stations will be incredibly busy.”

"If passengers can make alternative travel arrangements they should, and if they don’t have to travel they shouldn’t. If the drivers’ strikes go ahead, there will be no services on Southern and customers should not attempt to travel.

“We’re doing everything we can to stop the drivers’ strike and that’s why we a seeking an injunction in the High Court next week. This industrial action is a clearly co-ordinated and cynical manoeuvre by the unions to bring yet further travel misery to passengers as well as having a detrimental impact on the regional economy when it least needs it.

"If the unions are listening to passengers then they will call off all industrial action now and give hardworking commuters and their families their lives back.”

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