It seems the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling will get involved in the dispute on the Southern network.
Mr Grayling has written to the RMT Union to offer direct discussions about the role of conductors on the trains.
General Secretary of the RMT, Mick Cash says he heard from the Transport Secretary today (5 January) and has written back to accept the meeting, offering to talk with Mr Grayling at the earliest convenience.
RMT members have been striking in Eastbourne and across the Southern network in protest to plans to scrap guards in place of on board supervisors. The union say these supervisors won’t be sufficiently trained to cope with emergencies and the lack of a guard would put passenger safety at risk. Southern have always denied this would be the case.
The RMT is now awaiting a date to be set to meet with the Transport Secretary.