Latest three-day Southern rail strike runs to Thursday 20 October

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The latest in a series of multi-day conductor strikes on Southern trains is taking place Tuesday 18 – Thursday 20 October.

Govia Thameslink and the RMT rail union are locked in a long-running dispute over the role of conductors.

Southern services will once again not be calling at Reigate during the three-day stoppage.  Instead, those wishing to travel by rail from Reigate will need to rely on GWR’s east-west services, with a change at Redhill or Dorking.

At Redhill there’ll be only a limited Southern service.  Thameslink is expected to run a normal service.

Govia Thameslink’s strike advice page says:

“A revised Southern and Gatwick Express service will operate between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport / Brighton. Thameslink services are expected to run to the normal timetable. Earlswood and Salfords stations will have no service.  Coulsdon South, Merstham, Horley and Redhill will only be served at certain times of day.”

The company adds that services are expected to be very busy, and that passengers should allow longer for journeys, avoid peak times and avoid planning to travel on the last trains of the day as capacity may be limited.

A bus service will operate between Redhill and Tonbridge during peak hours.

The remaining published strike dates are:

  • Tuesday 18 –  Thursday 20 October (3 days)
  • Thursday 3 – Saturday 5 November (3 days)
  • Tuesday 22 – Wednesday 23 November (2 days)
  • Tuesday 6 – Thursday 8 December (3 days)

As well as the strike information page, Southern has a live running page.

The dispute is over the role of conductors on trains and a proposal that the driver should instead operate the doors. The RMT says it’s not safe, while the company says it is.



Govia Thameslink strike advice page


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