Commuters are facing major disruption throughout the day today as Southern Rail conductors begin a three-day strike.
Members of the RMT union are protesting against the introduction of driver only trains across the franchise claiming the safety of passengers will be jeopardised. The rail operator denied this and condemned the strike.
The walkout means only around 50% of the full timetable will be able to operate and Southern Rail is expecting it to cause “severe and significant” disruption. The Transport Minister Chris Grayling is due to make a speech about rail policy in the capital later. The RMT leadership said they would lobby him at the event.
On the eve of the strike ITV Meridian's Political Correspondent Phil Hornby asked the Rail Minister what the government was going to do to resolve the ongoing dispute.
The action coincides with continuing industrial action by members of ASLEF. The union’s drivers are carrying out an overtime ban that is expected to severely affect services every day in the lead up to Christmas.