A third day of strike action’s being taken today (16 December) by train drivers in Eastbourne.
Members of Aslef have walked out for 24 hours, in the hope of getting their concerns over the introduction of driver-only trains, across to Southern, which plans to introduce them in the new year. The RMT and Aslef are both against the proposals, which would see safety critical guards removed from trains and replaced with safety trained on board supervisors. The unions believe this will compromise passenger safety, but Southern say this isn’t the case.
Talks between Aslef and Southern’s parent company, Govia Thameslink Rail, ended at ACAS yesterday, with no deal being made. Both sides have said they’re open to future talks.
But for today, there will be no trains running on the Southern network. Stagecoach say they’re laying on extra buses where they can, but with extra traffic on the roads, some services are being delays, owing to the congestion.