As we go into day two of no trains running in or out of Eastbourne, talks are due to take place to try an end the dispute.
The train drivers’ union Aslef and Govia Thameslink Rail – the parent company of Southern – are due to get around the table at ACAS today (14 December). The row is over the introduction of driver-only trains, which would see an end to safety-critical guards on trains. They would be replaced by safety-trained on board supervisors, which the unions feel would compromise passenger safety. Southern firmly dispute this.
Commenting ahead of the talks, Charles Horton, CEO of GTR, said, "We reached out to Aslef as we said we would and now welcome the opportunity to discuss a way forward with them tomorrow. The travelling public are suffering misery and inconvenience and the impact on the regional economy is significant. We assure everyone we are committed to trying to find a solution to the union's dispute."
Commuters are again being urged not to attempt to travel by train today, with services at a halt, as the industrial action continues. It’s hoped today’s intervention at ACAS will bring an end to a further walkout, planned for Friday (16 December).