Southern rail: We'll run a normal service during Saturday's strike, as RMT pushes ahead with industrial action

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South Coast Commuters Travel In To London On The Second Three-Day Southern Rail Strike
Southern rail pledged not to allow Saturday's strike to disrupt services (Source: Getty)

Southern Rail said today it will run a "near-normal" service during Saturday's strike by RMT members.

The pledge came after the union said it was pushing ahead with industrial action after "no specific proposals" were put forward by Govia Thameslink (GTR), Southern's owner.

In a statement today Southern said it had run more than nine in 10 services during the previous strike, on 13 March, using contingency staff and staff who had reported for duty.

“We're now running a near-normal service on RMT strike days, so fewer people are being affected by the RMT’s action. This week, we plan to provide almost our entire normal Saturday timetable,” said Angie Doll, Southern's passenger service director.

The strike is the latest setback in a string of jibes between the RMT and Aslef unions and GTR.

On Monday Aslef drivers voted to reject a deal over driver-only operated doors, put forward by GTR's management.

The deal would have brought an end to a months-long dispute between which has brought misery to thousands of commuters. But with 51.8 per cent of members voting to reject the deal, the two sides are back at square one.

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