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Southern Rail to meet train unions at ACAS in last ditch effort to end strike

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Southern Rail passengers are set to endure a second day of major disruption as a drivers' strike enters its second day.

No Southern trains will be running, causing other services to be over-crowded and heavier than normal traffic on the roads.

However, the owners of the train company and the ASLEF union representing the drivers have agreed to meet at the conciliation service ACAS later this morning.

The industrial action centres around a row over the role of guards.

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Striking is not the solution, says Southern Rail manager

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Angie Doll, Passenger Service Manager for Southern, has told ITV News that striking is not the solution to the train dispute, as thousands of passengers suffered a day of misery on routes across the region.

ASLEF train drivers are supporting their RMT colleagues in a dispute over the role of guards.

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Angry commuters affected by rail strike to demand answers from transport secretary

Commuters who use Southern Rail will be petitioning the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling to demand his intervention to bring the strike to an end.

The Association of British Commuters is also asking for a fully independent public inquiry into the 'collapse of Southern Rail'.

The group said it will march to the Department of Transport on Thursday with an open letter to Mr Grayling.

Victoria deserted as rail strike continues

Victoria station appears abandoned as railway strikes get underway. Yesterday Southern Rail failed to get an injunction which would prevent train drivers from walking out.

Victoria appears deserted as rail strikes commence. Credit: ITV Meridian

Southern Rail advised commuters to find other means of transport despite the result of the injunction.

Mass disruption and limited services. Credit: ITV Meridian

A lack of service has caused frustration amongst workers.

Southern strike "futile" - Chris Grayling

Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary says the Southern Rail strike is futile Credit: PA

The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the strike was "futile", adding that he would have a "careful look" at how to deal with the situation when the dispute ends.

He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that he was not ruling any options in or out.

We are looking very carefully at how we take things forward. There are a lot of things to consider.

– Chris Grayling, speaking on BBC Today programme

Mr Grayling said he was not happy with the performance of the railways in general but he could not deal with the problems until the Southern strikes ended.

He said he had asked Southern's owner, Govia Thameslink Railway, to attend fresh talks at the conciliation service Acas but Aslef had refused - a claim the union has denied.

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