Southern rail strike: war of words heats up on second day

Southern rail strike: war of words heats up on second day

Commuters struggle as hundreds of trains are cut while RMT union says government sabotaged deal with train operator

The second day of a five-day strike on Southern rail has seen commuters struggling with reduced services while the RMT union ramped up its war of words with the government and the train operator said it remained open to talks.

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) said it was cancelling 946 of Southern’s 2,242 services each day of the walkout, and claims to have operated 88.5% of those remaining services to schedule – an improvement on many days in recent weeks.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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