Strike 6 – 8 December: reduced Southern service

reigate train station sign


The latest strike RMT conductors’ strike on Southern runs Tuesday 6 – Thursday 8 December 2016.

In some good news, Reigate is due to get a reduced Southern service, rather than a complete absence as in previous disputes.  The timetable is here (opens PDF).   That’s in addition to the GWR east-west services that will once again continue to run.

At Redhill, a revised Southern service will operate.  The Southern strike webpage says:

“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 webpage also gives details of alternatives and compensation, and all the timetables.

A number of other dates have also been announced for December and January, and things are likely to get a lot worse on the dates when ASLEF drivers are due to add to Southern’s woes (see below).  The best the Southern website can currently advise is that more information will be posted, and in the meantime that it expects there to be no service on most Southern routes.

Added to that, an ASLEF overtime ‘ban’ starts on Tuesday 6 December, running every day onwards.  However, Southern is currently saying on those days (not otherwise affected by all the other strikes) a normal Southern service will operate on Reigate and Redhill routes.

The list of strike dates is currently (as of 5 December):

  • Tuesday 6 – Thursday 8 December (RMT conductors’ strike)
  • Tuesday 13 – Wednesday 14 December (ASLEF & RMT drivers’ strike)
  • Friday 16 December (ASLEF & RMT drivers’ strike)
  • Monday 19 –  Tuesday 20 December (RMT conductors’ strike)
  • Saturday 31 December -Monday 2 January (RMT conductors’ strike)
  • Monday 9 – Saturday 14 January (ASLEF & RMT drivers’ strike)

The industrial dispute is over the role of conductors on trains, and a proposal that the drivers instead operate the doors.  The RMT and ASLEF both say it’s not safe, while Southern says it is.

A separate London Underground strike due to take place this week has been called off.



Southern strike advice page – with links for each kind of strike

And the page for Tuesday 6 – Thursday 8 December