Southern drivers to be balloted on proposed deal

Members are being recommended to accept the deal Credit: ITV

Southern Rail drivers are to be balloted on a proposed deal to end their long-running dispute about driver-only trains, and a five-year pay deal worth 28.5%.

Leaders of the Aslef union are recommending that their members accept the deal, saying it guarantees a second, safety-trained, person on every train, except in "very exceptional" circumstances.

Two previous attempts by Aslef leaders to reach an agreement were rejected in ballots, but general secretary Mick Whelan said the new proposal offered a "complete resolution" to the 18-month-long dispute.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) has not been involved in the latest talks between Aslef and Southern's owners, Govia Thameslink Railway, and remains in dispute over the role of guards.