Rail strikes set to cause serious disruption for commuters

Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers face misery this week with a two-day strike by guards. The industrial action is over plans to change the role of guards on trains operated by Southern.

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Southern trains management deny walking out of talks with RMT union over conductor strikes

Southern trains came to a stop earlier this week during a strike by conductors

The management of Southern trains has tonight denied walking out of talks with the RMT union.

The two sides were in negotiations about planned changes to the role of conductors and guards on the trains. The RMT members say they are against a move to driver-only trains.

While Southern say they are trying to modernise the service. ITV Meridian's Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse spoke to Alex Foulds from Southern.

Southern trains & RMT union talks break down over changes to guard role on trains

Train conductors on strike earlier this week

Today's talks to avert further strike action by conductors on Southern trains who belong to the RMT union have broken down.

Conductors walked out on two days this week over plans to change the guard role - and to run driver only trains.

Steve Hedley, the Assistant General Secretary, of the RMT union told ITV Meridian that the managers of Southern had just walked out of the negotiations. He was interviewed by ITV Meridian Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse.


Talks to stop more Southern rail strikes

Talks aim to prevent more strikes Credit: PA

Peace talks will be held later to try to avert further industrial action by Southern rail staff.

This week saw a twenty-four hour strike disrupting thousands of journeys. RMT union members are angry at proposed changes to the role of guards.

Peace talks to be held over guards' dispute

People who use Southern train services had some good news today. Talks about ending strike action by guards are to be held this Friday.

Yesterday long queues and hundreds of cancelled services - 700 of them - made getting around impossible for many. Mike Pearse reports.


Southern cancelled 700 trains during first day of strike

Southern cancelled 700 trains Credit: ITV

Southern was forced to cancel more than 700 trains - a third of the service - during the first day of a strike action by guards. It is thought up to 300,000 passengers in Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire were hit with cancelled trains or having to make alternative plans.

The strike ends at 11am on Wednesday, but disruption will continue all day as trains and staff will be in the wrong part of the network.

Southern say it did run 1,400 trains. This was possible because 40 per cent run without guards and managers were operating other services. The was in line with the planned strike service.

The dispute centres on changes to the role of the guard, with drivers closing train doors. Southern says it wants to make staff more visible and new On-Board Conductors would spend more time helping passengers. They say there will be no job losses or pay cuts.

RMT stands firm as rail strike begins to bite

Video report. Hundreds of rail conductors went on strike today in a row over plans to change the role of the guard. Around 400 RMT members who work for Southern Rail walked out from 11am in the first of two days of action.

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