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Talks continue to resolve bitter Southern Railway strike

Talks aimed at resolving the Southern Railway drivers' dispute will be continue at the conciliation service Acas on Thursday.

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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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