Southern Rail plan to run 60 per cent of services during the RMT strike

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Beleaguered Southern Rail Users Face More Misery As Five Day Strike Begins
Strike action is planned to run from 00:01 on Wednesday to 23:59 on Thursday (Source: Getty)

Southern Rail plans to run six out of every 10 trains normally timetabled during the 48-hour strike by the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union that commences in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The franchise said that it would use "contingency conductors", adding that there would be extra staff at stations to help passengers and "arrangements in place for passengers to use alternative transport providers".

"There will be a restricted service, with many routes having fewer trains, and, unfortunately, on some routes there will be no service at all," parent company Govia Thameslink said in a statement.

Read more: Southern Rail strikes are going ahead despite both sides wanting to talk

The industrial action is the latest in the long-running dispute between Southern Rail and the RMT over the role of guards on trains.

“Passengers will be rightly dismayed that the RMT has chosen to disrupt services yet again. This two-day strike will achieve nothing," said Southern passenger services director Alex Foulds.

Despite overtures from both Southern and the RMT that they are ready to talk, no further talks are currently scheduled in advance of the strikes.

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