Southern services to and from Beckenham junction cancelled due to Aslef overtime ban

PUBLISHED: 09:54 09 December 2016

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Major disruption is expected next week after the High Court threw out a bid to block Aslef strikes

Southern services to and from Beckenham junction have been cancelled until further notice as a result of an overtime ban by train drivers’ union Aslef.

Services across the Southern network are being severely hit as a result of the action, which is centred on a dispute over the introduction of more driver-only trains.

Southern director Alex Foulds said: “We’re sincerely sorry but passengers are advised services will be severely reduced and, on some routes, cancelled altogether.

“We will put on rail replacement buses where we can. We urge people to check before they travel on the day.”

Major disruption is expected next week after the High Court yesterday (December 8) threw out a legal bid by Southern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway to halt industrial action by Aslef.

GTR argued that the action would unlawfully restrict freedom of movement provisions under EU law, but judge Sir Michael Burton refused to grant an injunction blocking the strikes.

Strikes by Aslef will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday next week, piling further misery on passengers already suffering as a result of industrial action by the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union.

Southern warned that on strike days there would be no services on most routes.

Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan commented: “Southern, Britain’s worst private train company, has wasted shareholders’ money, passengers’ money and taxpayers’ money– because the company has been handsomely subsidised by the Conservative government – on a case it was always going to lose.

“Now the company should do the right thing and sit down with us and negotiate – properly, sensibly and in good faith – to do a deal for the benefit of passengers, staff and, yes, the company.”

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