Southern Rail strike March 2017: Passengers face fresh bout of disruption as RMT union stages walkout

Francesca Gillett
East Croydon station during the Southern Rail strike in December 2016: Jeremy Selwyn

Southern Rail passengers are in for another bout of travel disruption on Monday as RMT union members start the week with a 24-hour walkout.

Tomorrow’s strike by RMT members will be the union’s 30th walkout in the on-going dispute with the train operator.

The day-long walkout will affect commuters travelling to and from work on Monday, although Southern said they will aim to run most of their services during the walkout.

There will be no trains running between Leatherhead and Guildford and no Southern services between Clapham Junction and Milton Keynes Central via Kensington Olympia or Watford Junction.

Trains running from London Bridge through to Brighton, via East Croydon and New Cross Gate, will be reduced.

Protest: Southern Rail commuters staged a demonstration at Victoria station. (EPA)

Some services from Eastbourne, Brighton and Littlehampton to London Bridge will be suspended while morning and evening rush hour shuttle services between Rye and Ashford will be stopped.

The union called the strike over plans to remove guards from trains, leaving them operated by drivers only.

Crisis talks between Southern and the union broke down, with RMT leader Mick Cash claiming Southern had failed calls to meet.

During the last strike, on February 22, Southern said they ran 87 per cent of trains and more than half of on-board staff turned up for work.

Passenger Services Director Angie Doll said: “We've shown that we can now run almost all our services during an RMT strike.

“Our on-board supervisors are now established in their roles and passengers are beginning to see the benefits of having someone whose sole job is customer service.”

Full details of changes to trains can be found at

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