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Train row: Southern drivers to start overtime ban

Rail users who travel by Southern could be in for more disruption with the news that train drivers who are members of the ASLEF union are to begin an overtime ban on Sunday.

The firm relies on drivers doing overtime so that it can operate its full schedule.

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Rail firm's response to drivers' pending overtime ban

“After over five months of intense negotiations and two peace deals agreed and recommended by the ASLEF executive, we are dismayed the union leadership is taking this action, which is designed to impact as many of our passengers as possible.

“Driver-controlled operation with on-board supervisors was fully implemented back in January and thanks to this we are running more trains than before and our service has improved for five consecutive months. We’re safely running over 80,000 trains a month with drivers controlling the doors across our network – we’re sorry that passengers will suffer as a result of this unnecessary action.

“We have worked our hardest to resolve this dispute with ASLEF. If this action does go ahead we will run as full a timetable as possible. We will be working around the clock to evaluate the impact and develop contingency plans which will be advertised as soon as possible.”

– Nick Brown, Chief Operating Officer at Southern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway

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