Southern rail strike enters second day as Acas talks start
14 December 2016
- From the section England
Southern rail passengers are facing a second day of strike travel chaos amid hopes of a resolution to the dispute over who should operate train doors.
Talks will be held between the rail firm and the RMT and Aslef unions later at the conciliation service, Acas.
Southern was forced to cancel more than 2,200 services on Tuesday, disrupting hundreds of thousands of passengers.
A limited Gatwick Express shuttle service to and from London Victoria has been operating every 30 minutes.
The 48-hour strike by members of the drivers’ union Aslef over the introduction of driver-only trains is due to end at midnight.
It has paralysed the Southern network, with a further 24-hour strike planned for Friday.
The RMT union, which has been staging separate strikes since April over changes to the role of conductors, is also planning further stoppages either side of Christmas.
Southern’s parent company, Govia Thameslink Railway, has advised customers not to travel on the dates affected by the drivers’ strike, and to expect disruption every day until further notice because of an overtime ban.
Southern planned rail strike dates
00:01 Tuesday 13 December to 23:59 Wednesday 14 December (Aslef)
00:01 Friday 16 December to 23:59: Friday 16 December (Aslef)
00:01 Monday 19 December to 23:59 Tuesday 20 December (RMT)
00:01 Saturday 31 December to 23:59 Monday 2 January (RMT)
00:01 Monday 9 January to 23:59: Saturday 14 January (Aslef)
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