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Southern calls for fresh talks in bid to end strike

Southern Railway has called for fresh talks to try to resolve a bitter row over the role of conductors as a second day of strike action caused more travel misery for hundreds of thousands of passengers.

A picket line opposite Victoria Station Credit: PA

The train operator, part of the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) franchise, said it would meet the Rail, Maritime and Transport union "any time, any place, anywhere" to end the walkout.

The company said one in five conductors turned up for work yesterday, although the union maintained that support for the action was "solid".

The RMT union is holding a protest outside the Department for Transport tomorrow amid claims that the Government has put a "blockade" on talks to end the dispute. The union offered to suspend the action on Friday if GTR matched an offer they secured from Scotrail on the same issue.

The union believes that there is a deal to be done based around the ScotRail principles and that we need to pick up on the progress that was being made when the talks broke down on Friday.

– Mick Cash, RMT


Details of Southern services on all routes

Southern Rail has posted details of routes which have limited or no services today and for the duration of a five-day strike.

946 of Southern's normal 2,242 services are being cancelled each day.

Commuters struggle during first day of rail strike

Stations closed, trains cancelled and hundreds of thousands of fed-up passengers stranded. It's day one of a five day strike on Southern Rail. And the longest in 50 years. Fred and Stacey link to a series of reports.

MP compiles video diary during rail strike


Strike action is "rock solid" say RMT union


I can report that the strike action this morning is rock solid across the Southern Rail network as we fight to put rail safety before the profits of the failed Govia Thameslink operation.

This action has been forced on us by the arrogance and inaction of Govia Thameslink and the Government who have made it clear that they have no interest in resolving this dispute or in tackling the daily chaos on Southern. We offered to suspend the action on Friday if they matched the offer we secured on Scotrail. They kicked that back in our faces. ‎ Our fight is with the company and the Government who have dragged this franchise into total meltdown. We share the anger and frustration of passengers and we cannot sit back while jobs and safety are compromised on these dangerously overcrowded trains.

– Geoff Martin, RMT

First day of strikes for Southern Rail passengers

Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers face a week of travel chaos because of a five-day strike over the role of train guards.

Members of the RMT union at Southern Railway are walking out this morning after talks collapsed. Picket lines will be mounted across Southern's network, including London Victoria and Brighton.

Southern Rail strikes begin today

Passengers locked out as rail chaos deepens

Rail unions say we're on the edge of a disaster. MPs say there could be serious injuries - or worse. The Mayor of London says Southern should be stripped of its franchise.

And the tens of thousands of commuters caught up in the chaos of delays in Sussex - and the closure of Brighton station last night - say the situation has become intolerable.

It's been a long dispute between Southern Rail and the unions. And, the delays and overcrowding are getting worse.

Malcolm Shaw heard from passenger Pam Roach, and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.

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