The Southern rail dispute has caused almost seven months of misery for commuters who use the line - and today saw the start of the latest three-day walkout by guards in an ongoing row over the proposed introduction of driver-only trains on the network. The train conductors' strike will last until the evening of Thursday 8th December.
The train operator, Southern, has warned its customers to expect continued disruption with more strikes to follow, including industrial action next week from train drivers who are due to stage their own walkout next week.
Buses replaced trains from Ashford International and Hastings - to Eastbourne today.
There was a reduced service from Eastbourne and Lewes into Brighton, up to Gatwick and into London Bridge and Victoria.
Trains from Tonbridge to Redhill were also reduced. And after seeing trains reinstated at the end of September, replacement buses have returned to and from the coastal town of Seaford in Sussex.
From the look of some of the region's railway stations, it seems as though many commuters may have just given up on trying to use the trains at all - instead finding other ways to get around. Malcolm Shaw reports.
- Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 December (RMT conductors' strike)
- Tuesday 13 & Weds 14 December (ASLEF & RMT drivers' strike)
- Friday 16 December (ASLEF and RMT drivers' strike)
- Monday 19 to Tuesday 20 December (RMT conductors' strike)
- Saturday 31 December to Monday 2 Jan (RMT conductors' strike)
- Monday 9 to Saturday 14 Jan (ASLEF and RMT drivers' strike)
REPORT: Southern trains ground to a halt for the third day this week as angry passengers staged a protest at Victoria station
Talks aimed at resolving the Southern Railway drivers' dispute are being held at the conciliation service Acas.
Frustrated passengers share their stories as the worst train strike for 20 years hits home.