Train drivers will strike again tomorrow (16 December) in Eastbourne, as talks at ACAS end without a deal.
Southern and the union Aslef, have been locked in talks for the past two days to try and bring an end to a dispute over the introduction of driver-only trains. Unions – including the RMT – feel it will compromise passenger safety, but Southern firmly deny that.
Nick Brown from Southern’s parent company, Govia Thameslink Rail, said, “We're deeply disappointed, as our passengers will be, that ASLEF has been unable to accept our proposals and we have been cannot find a way forward to end this dispute with the drivers' union at this stage.
"We're sincerely sorry that commuters work and family lives are being punished with this unjustified and unprecedented industrial action. The unions must stop the pain and suffering blighting passengers and commerce. We will continue with our plans to modernise our railway and the services we offer customers. We urge the union to think again and work with us and move forward together. Our door remains open."
As a result of the breakdown in talks, no trains are expected to run on the Southern network tomorrow.
Aslef are yet to issue a full statement in response to the breakdown in talks, other than to say their door remains open for future talks.