Train drivers’ overtime ban hits Reigate services

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Reigate commuters hoping for an easier commute this morning after the week’s earlier strike action finished have been left disappointed.

A hastily-assembled board at the station says that the ASLEF union’s overtime ban means that there will be no direct services to London all day.

Passengers for London will have to rely on GWR’s east-west services, or the Southern services that do run, changing as necessary.

The board apologises for the disruption, advises passengers to check before travelling, and says:

“We are warning our passengers on Southern and Gatwick Express to expect services to be severely reduced across much of the network on non-strike days from tomorrow Friday 9 December, through this weekend and on Monday as a result of ASLEF’s continued overtime ban.”

Handwritten advice for Reigate adds:

“There are no direct London services running from Reigate today.  A revised timetable is in operation.”

Things seemed little better at Redhill this morning, and passengers waiting at Reigate just after 7.30am were advised to attempt their change for London services at Gatwick rather than Redhill.

Many will be wondering how just an overtime ban can lead to another near-complete service failure.  Earlier in the week, Southern’s map had indicated it expected to run a normal service out of Redhill and Reigate on overtime ban days not otherwise affected by a strike.  Both stations are now shown on Southern’s webpage as having a reduced service on overtime-ban-only days.

Next week will also see a ‘proper’ strike by ASLEF and RMT drivers.  This takes place Tuesday 13 – Wednesday 14 December, and on Friday 16 December, with Southern saying:

“If the strikes go ahead, we strongly advise you not to attempt to travel on the Southern network. Even on routes that Gatwick Express and Thameslink are operating we expect services to be full to capacity and cannot guarantee you will be able to travel.”

The strike dates, and their type, are currently as follows:

  • 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 drivers’ overtime ban has been running since Tuesday 6 December.

More information on travel during the different types of dispute, including the overtime ban, are on a Southern strike information webpage.