Commuters are being warned of severe disruption on trains in and out of Eastbourne tomorrow (26 April).
Conductors with the RMT Union working for Southern Railway are due to strike for two days.
The three core issues at the heart of the strike action that starts at 11am tomorrow have been listed by the RMT as:
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said:
“Let us be crystal clear – this dispute is about safety and the safety-critical role of the guards on Southern trains. The company, with an eye on ever-fatter profits, is prepared to axe the guards on some of the most overcrowded and potentially-dangerous services in Britain so that they can squeeze every last penny out of their passengers regardless of the consequences. That is a lethal gamble with safety in the name of profit and that is why we have been forced to take strike action.
“Southern see their passengers as nothing more than self-loading freight, there to be fleeced at every turn and every opportunity. The consequences of removing guards, the human eyes and ears on that dangerous interface between crowded platforms and crowded trains, is blindingly obvious to anyone but the rip-off merchants running this deeply unpopular rail franchise.
“The company have now resorted to trying to bully and intimidate staff taking a stand to defend the safety-critical role of the guard. That is disgusting but nothing surprises us with this mob. The union stands firm and united in advance of tomorrows action and we urge the public once again to support their rail workers. Our job is your safety.”
Southern Railway are warning of severe disruption to services between 7.30am-6pm. No service will operate between Eastbourne and Ashford International via Hastings (Southeastern services will operate between St Leonards Warrior Square and Hastings as normal)
There will also be no services between Lewes and Seaford.
A limited service will be in place between 7.30am-6.30pm on trains from Eastbourne to Brighton Brighton (including Hampden Park, Berwick, Glynde, Lewes, Falmer, Moulsecoomb and London Road)
Southern Railway cannot guarantee commuters will be able to reach their destination during strike action.
Brighton and Hove Buses will not be accepting Southern Railway tickets during the industrial action.