The news that the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, is to meet with the RMT Union is being welcomed in Eastbourne.
Yesterday (5 January), the RMT said they’d received a letter from Mr Grayling and had responded to accept his offer to discuss the future of guards on Southern trains.
A Department for Transport spokesperson said, “In an effort to find a resolution to the ongoing dispute over the roll out of services where drivers operate train doors on the Southern Rail network the Secretary of State reiterated his offer of talks to the RMT and ASLEF union leaders.
“He is happy to discuss with them the current dispute and how to provide the best possible future and working environment.
“He asked them both, as a show of good faith, to suspend their action to give time for meaningful talks. Aslef has refused to and the RMT has not indicated that it will call off the strike.”
Eastbourne Buzz has been hearing from some of those, pleased to hear the Transport Secretary is finally stepping in: