The first of a series of multi-day rail strikes on Southern takes place Tuesday 11 – Thursday 13 October.
Govia Thameslink and the RMT rail union have been unable to reach a compromise in their long-running dispute over the role of guards on trains.
During the three day stoppage Reigate will once again be dependent on GWR’s service, as Southern services will not be calling. London-bound passengers will have to make a change, typically at Dorking or Redhill.
At Redhill there’ll be only a limited Southern service, but with trains running later in the evening than in previous strikes. Thameslink is expected to run a normal service.
Govia Thameslink’s strike advice page gives information on timetables, compensation and alternative routes, and 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 full list of strike dates is:
- Tuesday 11 – Thursday 13 October (3 days)
- 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.
The BBC reported on Sunday 9 October that the RMT has recommended that conductors sign contracts that have been issued by Govia for the new onboard supervisor roles. However, the union will seek to overturn the contracts, and planned industrial action will still go ahead.
The company has already said there will be no salary reductions or redundancies under the new contracts.