Southern Rail users are set to have their services disrupted again by industrial action from trade unions – as both the RMT and ASLEF confirm strikes.
Following the failure to find a resolution by parties in previous discussions, the RMT (Rail, Maritime and Transport Union; who in this case represent train guards) will start 24hrs of strike action on 23rd January, followed by ASLEF (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen; who in this case represent train drivers) will strike on the 24th, 25th, and 27th January.
The first strike is likely to still see some services run – as the impact could be limited. However, on ASLEF’s three days of industrial action, all Southern Rail services are expected to be cancelled. Southern Rail currently recommend Liftshare as an alternative form of transport during periods of service interruptions.
If you will be driving instead of taking the train on these dates, you can help other passengers by offering out your spare seats. If you need a lift, log a journey alert now at Liftshare.com, and you’ll be emailed as soon as someone says they’re going your way.
Author Lex Barber