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Rail passengers hit as Southern Rail strike

The RMT union members at Southern Rail have once again gone on strike.

It's the latest walkout in the long running dispute about driver only operated trains. Southern says on most routes a normal service will operate - although some cancellations are possible.

The strike centres on driver-only operation and follows the failure of the latest peace talks.

The union say it is unsafe which is denied by the company in a row lasting seventeen months, the longest industrial disputes in British history.


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.

Network Rail fined £2 million after weeks of travel chaos for passengers

Network Rail is facing a fine of £2 million after passengers suffered weeks of chaos on Thameslink and Southern services and delays at London Bridge.

Independent regulator, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) made the decision after investigations into the company's Southern, Govia Thameslink services in 2014-15.

ORR found that Network Rail had breached its licence, with significant delays and cancellations to services.

However, the rail company has the opportunity to offer reparations for affected passengers, instead of having to pay the fine.

These serious issues have caused severe disruption and frustration for passengers, most notably affecting services at and around London Bridge. The scale of the delays suffered by passengers was central to our decision to fine. The penalty sends a clear message to the Network Rail Board; Network Rail must urgently rectify these errors and deliver the reliability of services that passengers have paid for.

– ORR chief executive Richard Price

Storms slash results for trains on time

The severe winter storms took their toll on train punctuality last month, according to the latest official figures. A total of 87.1 per cent of trains ran on time in the period 2nd February to 1st March, compared with 91.1 per cent in the same period last year, Network Rail said.

Some train companies were able to maintain near-100 per cent punctuality records, but others were badly hit by the extreme weather which wrecked south and south west England services. Southern ran only 77.1 per cent of trains on time last month - well down on 88.5 per cent for February 2013.

First Great Western, affected by the severe damage to the coastal track at Dawlish in Devon, had a trains-on-time figure of only 80.4 per cent, compared with 91.8 per cent in February 2013.

Network Rail said Southern was affected last month by multiple landslips and flood sites.

TRAVEL - TRAINS: Southern - services through Oxted


TRAVEL - TRAINS: SOUTHERN Disruption between East Croydon and East Grinstead

Disruption on Southern between East Croydon and East Grinstead, and between East Croydon and Uckfield due to landslide between Woldingham and Oxted. Tickets being accepted on local buses, First Capital Connect and Southeastern services.

Trains can't run Woldingham-Oxted. Buses run East Grinstead -Three Bridges and Uckfield -Haywards Heath to connect with London trains. Trains run Oxted-East Grinstead half-hourly and Oxted-Uckfield hourly. Ongoing until at least Saturday 15th February.

Southern announce fare rise of under 3%

Southern commuters will face a fare rise of 2.87% and Gatwick Express fares will be frozen at the 2013 prices.

The average fare rise will come into effect on 2nd January 2014.

Southern railway announce their season ticket price increase Credit: PA

Southern’s Commercial Director, Alex Foulds said: “There is good news for all of our season ticket holders as we have chosen not to use flex, meaning that all our season ticket holders will pay a lower increase.

"It’s also great news for our Gatwick Express passengers as we are freezing fares on the route, and for those looking for cheap off-peak travel, we continue to freeze our cheapest Advance fare at just £5.”

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