Services disrupted by Southern rail strike

Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers have endured travel chaos because of a new strike. Members of the RMT union at Southern Railway have walked out as part of a long-running dispute.

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"Unnecessary, unjustified and futile." Southern Rail slams decision to strike

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Southern Rail say they are "appalled" by the RMT union members' decision to strike. Here is their full statement:

Passengers and staff will once again be appalled by the RMT’s decision to hold yet another strike. We are moving forward with our plans for the benefit of customers after nine months of fruitless attempts to reach an agreement.

This action is unnecessary, unjustified and futile – we have guaranteed all our onboard staff a job until the end of the franchise, as valued members of our future operation, with no reduction in salary.

And claims that safety is at risk are just untrue. The independent rail safety body has said so, and nearly half our trains run without conductors already.

– Alex Foulds, Southern Passenger Service Director

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