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Strikes set to hit Southern and Greater Anglia trains

Workers at two rail companies in the South East are to stage two 24-hour strikes in worsening disputes over the role of guards and driver-only trains.

Members of the RMT union at Southern and Greater Anglia will walk out on October 3 and 5.

The strikes will coincide with the Conservative Party's annual conference in Manchester.

RMT has a clear plan for resolving this dispute but that requires round-table talks now to push forwards. This fiasco cannot be allowed to drag on any longer.

– Mick Cash, RMT general secretary

We are obviously disappointed with the announcement today. We're keen to talk to the RMT to try and resolve the issues involved and to avert industrial action.

In the event of industrial action going ahead, we'd like to reassure customers that we have contingency plans in place and intend to run a full service.

We value our conductors highly and we have guaranteed their jobs until the end of the franchise in October 2025.

In fact, we will be recruiting additional conductors, as we are replacing all of our trains with brand new trains from 2019, which will enable us to run more services.

– Richard Dean, Greater Anglia train service delivery director