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Summary

  1. The boss of Southern rail and a union chief have agreed to hold fresh talks in a bid to resolve the crisis on the network, the BBC understands.
  2. Charles Horton, of parent company GTR, and Mick Lynch, assistant general secretary of the RMT, held impromptu discussions after the BBC recording.
  3. Commuters affected by the strikes, delays and cancellations demanded a quick resolution to the dispute.
  4. Members of the Aslef union are due to walk out for three days this week - tomorrow, Wednesday and Friday.
  5. Viewers in London, the South East and the South can see the debate programme at 19:30 GMT on BBC One.
  6. Updates on Monday 9 January 2017

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All times stated are UK

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  1. 'I desperately need guards'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    James, a disabled traveller from Crawley, wants to keep guards on all trains.

    Quote Message: I desperately need guards, being an electric wheelchair user. During the strike I had to do my own guesswork and stick my head out at Three Bridges". from James Welling Crawey commuter
    James WellingCrawey commuter
  2. 'They can solve this pretty easily'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    The head of one group which represents South East commuters believes the Transport Secretary should also be in the talks between company managers and unions.  

    Quote Message: Two guys in a room, where's the government? Govia are managing agents, who's going to pay for the better screens? They can solve this pretty easily, they're hiding behind the company". from Stephen Trigg Reigate, Redhill and District Rail Users' Association
    Stephen TriggReigate, Redhill and District Rail Users' Association
  3. 'You see more with your own eyes than with the cameras'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A second driver told Danny Pike he sees this dispute as setting a pattern for the whole UK.

    Quote Message: We are just a guinea pig for what's coming around the Country. Every single person using a train will have to be careful. I get out and look - you see more with your own eyes than with the cameras." from Anonymous train driver
    Anonymoustrain driver
  4. 'A political strike...a shambles'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Some more comments from listeners across the South and South East, following tonight's debate.

    Quote Message: This is a political strike, the unions are trying to bring down the government. They want a general election". from Norman Ashford passenger
    NormanAshford passenger
    Quote Message: It's a shambles". from Ricky Southampton
    RickySouthampton
    Quote Message: It's safe provided the right equipment is put in place". from Martin East Peckham, former driver and instructor
    MartinEast Peckham, former driver and instructor
  5. 'It's not the life I signed up for'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Debbie from Oxted tells Danny Pike she's disappointed that no agreement seems on the horizon.

    Quote Message: We want a resolution, it's been going on for far too long, never knowing when I pull into the station if I'm going to get to work or not. It's not the life I signed up for when I moved to Oxted". from Debbie Oxted commuter
    DebbieOxted commuter
  6. 'An unsafe method of train despatch'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A train driver, who spoke on condition of anonymity, called Danny Pike, to explain why he and his colleagues don't think introducing DOO across the network is safe.

    Quote Message: The drivers that are currently out on strike are not driving the modern trains that the government keep referring to. They're being run with old stock with faulty and dodgy monitors. We are talking about an imposition of an unsafe method of train despatch".
  7. 'I want to see TfL running suburban metro services'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Could Transport for London run some Southern rail services?

    Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat member of the London Assembly, certainly thinks so... 

    Video content

    Video caption: Caroline Pidgeon on the Southern Rail Crisis
  8. Mayor: 'Seaford is suffering dreadfully'

    The Mayor of Seaford, Lindsay Freeman, described how the strike had affected the town.   

    Video content

    Video caption: Mayor of Seaford Southern debate
  9. 'Are you listening to each other'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Presenter Jo Coburn challenged both RMT and Southern spokespeople to listen to each other during a heated exchange.  

    Video content

    Video caption: Listening Rail debate
  10. 'It's a complete and utter nonsense and a highly political strike'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Sussex MP Tim Loughton pointed out that driver-only operated trains have been running on Thameslink without issue for some time.   

    Video content

    Video caption: Loughton rail debate
  11. Sussex MP: 'It's hard for the Government to come up with more'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Huw Merriman, the MP for Bexhill and Battle, is also a member of the influential Transport Select Committee.

    Here's his view on whether the Government should intervene, or whether it should have got involved earlier, in the Southern rail dispute.  

    Video content

    Video caption: Huw Merriman on the Southern Rail Crisis debate
  12. 'How do you sleep at night?'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    That was the question from Christian Brideson to Southern's Chief Executive Charles Horton and Mick Lynch from the RMT Union.

    Mr Brideson says he used to commute to London but is now too ill to do so.

    And he believes the strike has contributed to his illness.

    Video content

    Video caption: Christian Brideson on the Southern Rail Crisis
  13. 'It led to the break up of our relationship'

    Gatwick commuter Ray Chapman told about the impact the strike has had on his personal life.      

    Video content

    Video caption: Ray Chapman rail debate
  14. 'You could not get me home on time to see my son'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Commuter Emma Green from Littlehampton in West Sussex told the panel how she had to leave her job to work closer to home - because she couldn't rely on the trains to get her home to see her son.  

    Video content

    Video caption: Commuter Emma Green on the Southern Rail Crisis
  15. Worst rail strike in 20 years

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Here's a look at why the Southern rail dispute is causing problems for so many people.  

    Video content

    Video caption: Southern Rail Crisis trail
  16. Southern boss: 'I am deeply sorry'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Charles Horton, Chief Executive of Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs Southern, had these words for passengers and the unions.   

    Video content

    Video caption: Charles Horton, CEO of GTR, on BBC TV debate.
  17. Union boss: 'The company is refusing to come to a compromise'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    That's the view of Mick Lynch from the RMT Union.

    Here's what he had to say when he was asked why a resolution to the dispute has not yet been reached.

    Video content

    Video caption: Mick Lynch from the RMT union on the Southern Rail TV debate.
  18. The cost of the strike

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Lets have a look at the Southern strike so far in numbers.   

    Video content

    Video caption: Strike GFX