Train cancellations still expected, Southern warns

Southern train
Southern train

Train passengers are being urged to check before they travel today (Wednesday June 22) with cancellations caused by train crew availability expected.

Southern said more than 87 per cent of services on the strike-affected network had run to time so far.

However, some services may run with fewer carriages than normal because trains will be out of their normal position because of yesterday’s strike.

“We also expect there will be cancellations caused by the issues with train crew availability that we have been experiencing recently,” a spokesman said.

“Passengers are urged to check our website.”

Southern said in a statement: “RMT boss Mick Lynch confirmed on Radio 4’s Today Programme what GTR has always been saying: that jobs are not at risk in the dispute.

“In response to Nick Robinson’s assertion that the dispute was about protecting jobs, Lynch responded that, ‘No they’ve been offered jobs as alternatives.’

“This follows confirmation from the independent rail safety body, RSSB, that there is ‘no increased safety risk’ from driver operated doors, and that in fact there are ‘potentially deliver some safety benefits’ on services where conductors operate train doors due to the removal of the risk of miscommunication between driver and guard.”

Commenting on the developments, a GTR spokesperson said: ”The RMT has now accepted that jobs are not at risk, and the RSSB has nailed their bogus safety claims. Given this, passengers are bound to conclude that this strike is about nothing more than the RMT asserting their power to bring the railway to a standstill. Enough is enough, this strike should be the last.”

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