Southern Rail expects to run around 75% of services during this week’s RMT strike.
The operator is warning that some trains between Eastbourne and London Bridge won’t run, as well as some services between Eastbourne and Ashford and Brighton in either direction, may be cancelled or have fewer carriages than normal.
The RMT Will be walking out for 24 hours on Wednesday (22 February) as part of the long-running dispute over the future of guards on the trains and the introduction of driver-only operated trains – something unions believe will jeopardise passenger safety, but which Southern say is purely them moving with the times.
Angie Doll, Passenger Services Director, Southern said, “We will be running as many trains as possible on Wednesday but our advice to passengers is to expect some disruption and check on our website before you travel.”
Meanwhile, a protest is being staged outside the railway station tomorrow, organised by Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce, who are calling for all parties – including unions, Southern and senior government figures – to get back around the table and find a lasting solution to the problem, so passengers can travel freely without worry.