Southern trains crisis: seven factors that threw services off the rails

Southern trains crisis: seven factors that threw services off the rails

As five days of strikes get under way, promising more misery for longsuffering passengers, here’s why the crisis reached this point

What has caused the crisis at Southern Railway and what is the dispute about? An emergency timetable, cutting over 300 daily services a day to help ensure a more resilient and predictable service, has failed to stem the problem. Operating company Govia Thameslink Railway now admits it does not know when what was intended as a temporary measure will be abandoned. To compound Southern passengers’ misery, five days of strike action start on Monday.

Here are seven factors contributing to the mess.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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