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​Southern provides more trains for next RMT strike

Press Release   •   Nov 17, 2016 22:50 GMT

Southern will be providing an additional train service on the Tonbridge/Redhill Line during next week’s 48-hour strike by RMT Conductors, meaning that 62% of the normal timetable will be running.

In addition to the Victoria/Haywards Heath shuttles it introduced in the last strike, next week Southern will be providing a further 28 trains between Tonbridge and Redhill, with an hourly service running from around 06.30 to 18.30.

Trains between Victoria and Chichester will run later this time around with last services leaving Victoria at 21.36 and from Chichester at 21.23.

Southern’s Passenger Services Director, Angie Doll, said:

“We are doing everything we can to provide as many services for our passengers as possible and I’m pleased that we’re able to add more services this time to help our passengers get where they need to go.

“We’re sorry that, once again, our passengers are facing disruption through unnecessary industrial action. Over 99% of affected conductors have now signed up to the new role, which makes this strike even more pointless.”

Passengers are advised to plan ahead and can find details at www.southernrailway.com/rmtstrike. There is also a map available giving details of how each route on the Southern network will be served.

In addition to the services outlined above:

  • On some routes there will be no train service but there will be buses in the peak
  • On some routes, a service will be provided through ticket acceptance with other train operators and there will be extra staff at stations to help passengers with arrangements in place for passengers to use alternative transport providers
  • There is no service at all between Wivelsfield and Lewes; both Plumpton and Cooksbridge stations will be closed

On routes where there is a reduced service, first trains may be later and last trains may be earlier than the normal timetable. Passengers are advised to check before they travel.