More strike action is to hit Eastbourne commuters as the train drivers’ union, ASLEF votes to walk out in a pay dispute with Southern.
Their members will take strike action on the Tuesday 1 August, Wednesday 2 August and Friday 4 August.
Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, said, “Now is the time for Chris Grayling and the Department for Transport to step in and assist in finding a resolution to a problem they caused.”
Responding to the action, a Govia Thameslink Rail – Southern’s parent company – spokesperson said, “To call three days of strikes spread across a week is a deliberate move to cause maximum disruption for passengers. To do so in protest against an offer to increase pay by 24% is simply breath-taking. Commuters, the vast majority of whom are seeing pay rises many times less, will understandably be as shocked and frustrated as we are.
"We absolutely need to modernise in order to increase capacity on this, the most congested part of the UK's network, where passenger numbers have doubled in places in as little as 12 years. That requires modernisation of infrastructure, trains and working practices. The trade unions must join us in that endeavour."
A separate dispute between the two sides continues to rumble on over the introduction of driver-only operation trains, which is currently seeing train drivers refusing to work overtime. They blame Southern for not hiring enough drivers to deliver the services it promised.