Day two of Southern Rail strike action sees calls from both sides for renewed talks

PUBLISHED: 12:22 09 August 2016 | UPDATED: 12:22 09 August 2016




The RMT Union and GTR, which runs Southern, have both outlined proposals

While commuters face travel chaos as rail workers continue their five-day strike against Southern Rail, calls from both sides have come for talks to continue.

Talks broke down on Friday between GTR, the company responsible for Southern Rail, and the RMT Union, after worker’s continued to campaign against the changing roles of train conductors, which could include driver-only trains.

On Friday, RMT’s general secretary Mick Cash called for the rail company to reach a similar agreement to the one the union made with ScotRail last week.

In a letter penned to Mr Horton, the union general secretary highlighted that ScotRail would not operate services “without a competent conductor on board.”

But GTR’s chief executive has outlined his own list of proposals today in an attempt to bring an end to the strike action.

Charles Horton wrote to Mick Cash claiming the company would promise: “Southern will propose a list of exceptional circumstances, to be agreed with RMT, whereby a train can continue in service without a second member of on board staff, for the benefit of customers.”

Meanwhile, transport watchdog London TravelWatch is renewing calls for Southern Rail to begin talks with Transport for London.

Chair of the group, Stephen Locke, said: “The current situation is intolerable. It is damaging people’s livelihoods and making a mess of people’s lives.

“It needs to be sorted out urgently.

“We accept that in the short term, Southern face enormous operational problems - some within their management control, some the responsibility of other parties. But from the passenger point of view the division is unimportant - the huge service failings need sorting, and they need sorting now.”

The strike action is having a major impact on services in Kent and Bromley, find out where here .

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