Southern rail strikes: driver says 'lifesaver' guards have to stay

Southern rail strikes: driver says 'lifesaver' guards have to stay

As strike action rolls into a third day, a driver spoke to the Guardian about the vital role guards have in keeping passengers safe

Southern rail drivers are on their third day of strike action after the operator imposed a plan to remove guards from trains. Here a member of Aslef, the drivers’ union, explains how essential guards are to his work. He asked to remain anonymous for fear of recriminations from his bosses.

“I drive most of the Southern routes, mainline. The early starts are around about 4am and the latest we finish can be one or two o’clock in the morning. You pick up your turn of duty – that’s what you’re going to drive for the day – and off you go. And you never know what the day will bring.

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#southernstrike Graham Morris, @ASLEFunion district organiser, on why his members are striking pic.twitter.com/2G8y5hGlUX

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Source: Guardian Transport

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