Jobs lost and broken relationships: legacy of the Southern rail crisis

Jobs lost and broken relationships: legacy of the Southern rail crisis

The collateral damage for commuters grows ever more devastating after ten months of disputes between unions and Southern over staffing

The Southern rail staff handing out information leaflets at London Victoria station this weekend were cheerful: “Strikes called off next week, service back to normal,” said one. “Normal?” an arriving female passenger almost screamed in his face.

This week’s train drivers’ strikes have been suspended by the union Aslef as they engage in talks with Southern rail and its parent company, Govia Thameslink Railway. But a conductors’ strike remains scheduled, and arguments over safety, camera visibility, unmanned stations and access to trains for disabled people continue.

Related: How do Southern Rail passengers regain their self-respect? By going on strike | David Boyle

This is having an unacceptable, soul destroying impact. Let alone damaging the economy of the south east.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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