Southern Rail services halted for three days by strike

ASLEF drivers' strike action is halting Southern services on Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Friday 13th January.

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The most disruptive rail strike in decades will go ahead on Southern Rail next week. It will shut down the whole network - and cause major disruption on other days, too.

The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling did appeal to the rail unions - Aslef and the RMT - to cancel the walkout but his appeal was ignored.

The dispute centres on a decision to change the role of the guards. The company have now imposed a driver only operation - where drivers close train doors but the unions say it's safer for a guard to close the doors - and it's harder for drivers to monitor who's getting on and off.

Long term, they fear jobs - and safety - could be at risk.

So far all talks have failed but for first time both sides have agreed to be interviewed together. Paul Cox, South East Organiser for the RMT and Angie Doll, Southern Rail's Director of Passenger ServicesTransport spoke to our Correspondent Mike Pearse.

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