Eastbourne looks likely to be hit by more strike action on the trains – this time from the drivers.
Members of the ASLEF drivers’ union have voted to take action over the dispute concerning the extension of driver only operations on GTR Southern and Gatwick Express trains.
The move has been welcomed by their General Secretary, Mick Whelan.
Southern have issued the following response to the decision to take industrial action:
“We are disappointed with the result and will now await notification from Aslef as to what its plans may be. Any action would only heap more disruption on our passengers - passengers who have already been through two recent strikes by RMT Union Conductors.
“We have repeatedly tried to engage with ASLEF on this but the union has refused to engage in any sort of meaningful dialogue. We urge them once more to sit down and talk to us.
“In the meantime, we have sought an injunction from the High Court against any industrial action that may result from this ballot. ASLEF selected which drivers it balloted in a way that breaches the strict rules on balloting, and that, because it induced drivers to refuse to drive trains in advance of conducting the ballot, it cannot now lawfully ask them to take industrial action.
“We expect to hear the result of our injunction application in the next few days.”