Strikes by Southern Railway train drivers are set to go ahead next week, causing a fresh wave of travel chaos for hundreds of thousands of passengers across the south.
Aslef confirmed there will be three 24-hour walkouts in the bitter dispute over driver-only trains, despite being urged by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to call off the action.
The minister cited a report by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) which he maintained confirmed that Southern Railway's plans for driver-controlled trains were safe.
Aslef and the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union strongly disputed the report.
Mr Grayling told ITV Meridian it is up to Aslef to call off the strike, as he believes there are no grounds for it to go ahead:
Friday's strike by Southern Rail staff, along with possible heavy snow, could cause long delays for passengers
We speak to one passenger who now works from home - and the owner of a bus company who's seen an increase in business.
A school in Sussex is sending coaches to pick up children from Ashford and Hastings on Southern strike days