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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Southern strike goes ahead despite calls from Transport Secretary

Three 24-hour walk-outs will go ahead Credit: PA

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:

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