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Southern Rail conductors to stage 24-hour strikes

Conductors are striking against redundancies Credit: PA

Conductors on Southern Rail have voted "massively" in favour of three 24-hour strikes over the coming month.

Rail union RMT announced on Tuesday that conductors will stage the three protests on April 26, May 10 and May 12 in a row over their roles and driver-only trains.

The union's core demands include rejecting the extension of Driver Only Operations, scrapping the introduction of an on-board supervisor role, and rejecting conductor redundancies.

Plymouth train crash a 'sober reminder'

The incident is a "sober reminder" of train safety

A collision between two trains at Plymouth station today was a "sober reminder" of the importance of rail safety.

Manuel Cortes, leader of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association, made the comments after 18 people were injured in the crash at platform six this afternoon.

"Our first thoughts are of course with those hurt in this accident", he said.

"It is far too early to speculate why today's crash happened and an investigation into its causes will now take place.

"However, it is a sober reminder of how critical safety is for our industry and thanks to the efforts of our hardworking and dedicated staff unfortunate incidents like this sad one are actually so rare".

Train collision casualties rise to 18

The collision was described as "low-speed" Credit: John Henderson/Twitter

The number of injured in a "low-speed" collision between two trains at Plymouth Station has risen to 18.

Ambulance services described some of the casualties - which include the driver of one train - as "walking wounded".

A spokeswoman for South West Ambulance Service said: "The majority of those are walking wounded and eight of those are going to Derriford hospital in Plymouth."

Devon and Somerset fire service said they had assisted ambulance crews and the British Transport Police in treating casualties with "various injuries", but no one had been trapped

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