More travel chaos on Southern Rail services…
Today, Southern Rail has cancelled 1,100 trains in its worst disruption so far in a nine-month dispute, some areas have no service at all.
Train drivers who are with the Aslef Union combined an overtime ban to take place with a walkout by RMT guards who are protesting due to change in their role and the introduction of more driver-only operated trains.
The RMT Leader, Mick Cash said strikes could be called off if Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, agreed to discuss the ongoing problems.
Cash told the BBC Today Programme: “If he wants to meet us I will certainly put that suggestion (to call off the strikes) back to my executive, yes.”
“We are in that position where he should sit down and talk to us about the issues affecting our industry but he won’t.”
Grayling said he would meet with the RMT but only if strikes were called off.
Aslef has also stated that the first of a nine-day strike of drivers will begin from 13 December, Southern Rail warns this will bring all trains to a halt.
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