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Summary

  1. As it happened on Tuesday 21 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham and Bob Dale

All times stated are UK

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That's it from us

Bob Dale

We're closing our live page now. Thank you for all your updates and comments throughout the day.

Our Kent Live page will start from 09:00 BST tomorrow. Hope you can join us then.

'Normal timetable returns tomorrow'

Southern says it will be returning to its normal timetable tomorrow.

But it says some services may run with fewer carriages because trains will be out of their normal position.

It says: "We also expect there will be cancellations caused by the issues with train crew availability that we have been experiencing recently. Passengers are urged to check our website in the morning.”

'I hope they can sit down and talk it through'

Bob Dale

Southern trains run from West Kent to London, starting from Tonbridge.

I spoke to people outside Tonbridge station this afternoon, and asked them what they thought of the dispute.

Passengers at Tonbridge station

Dad struggles to get home for bedtime

Chi Cheung described not getting home for bedtime as "horrible".

@bbcsoutheast happens to me regularly. May sound trivial but if you're 4 & waited all day to see your dad for bedtime story, its horrible.

Commuters 'in tears' as they won't get home for bedtime

Has this affected you in recent weeks? Tell us by tweeting us using #Southernstrike, emailing us or sending us a message on Facebook.

We've heard that @SouthernRailUK delays have left some commuters in tears as they won't see their children before bedtime. #Southernstrike

'It seems completely absurd'

Rail Minister Claire Perry is accusing the RMT of using the dispute to block the introduction of new trains.

Claire Perry, Rail Minister

Southern railway strike: Passengers' reaction

As a 24-hour strike hits Southern services, passengers have taken to social media to comment on how their journeys have been affected using our hashtag #Southernstrike.

Read more here.

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Katie tweeted her frustration

'Nobody's going to lose their job'

Bob Dale

Dyan Crowther, from Southern's parent company Govia Thameslink Railway, says the RMT's concerns are groundless.

Dyan Crowther, Govia Thameslink Railway

Good afternoon

Bob Dale

I'm taking over from Claire for the rest of the afternoon, and throughout the evening rush hour.

You can get involved by tweeting us using #Southernstrikeemailing us or sending a message on Facebook.   

Petition to remove Southern rail franchise

Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for Southern to lose its franchise. 

At 10,000 names the government must respond. The petition is here#Southernstrike

Petitions
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Petition calling for Southern to lose franchise

Signs warning of delays

Claire Cottingham

Our reporter Bob Dale has been at Tonbridge station with the latest on the #Southernstrike.

Stopped off at Tonbridge to assess the impact of another day of industrial action in @SouthernRailUK

Stopped off at Tonbridge to assess the impact of another day of industrial action in @SouthernRailUK

Strike in numbers

Let's take a look at today's #Southernstrike in statistics. 

Southern strike in numbers

'We plan to run around 60% of our normal train service today'

That's the promise from Govia Thameslink as the #Southernstrike continues.

"We plan to run around 60% of our normal train service today. That's 1,360 trains - we usually run 2,242. This morning's peak saw 90% of Southern services into London Bridge arriving on time and 87.5% arriving on time at Victoria. Almost 30% of conductors rostered to work this morning reported for work."

Govia ThameslinkPress Office
Southern say 60% of its normal train service will run today
Southern
Southern say 60% of its normal train service will run today

RMT union: 'Like passengers, we've had enough'

Mick Cash, from the RMT union, spoke to us outside Brighton station.  

Mick Cash from the RMT union

#Southernstrike due to be discussed on Jeremy Vine's show

Our reporter Eleanor Roper, who's been reporting from Brighton station today, is due to appear on the show.

You can listen to the BBC Radio 2 show from noon by clicking here#Southernstrike

Today’s stories @BBCRadio2 on my notepad

Today’s stories @BBCRadio2 on my notepad

'Profile of dispute is growing'

That's according to BBC London's Transport and Environment Correspondent, who's at London Victoria.

3rd Southern strike & 4 TV crews turn up this time. Profile of dispute is growing.

3rd Southern strike & 4 TV crews turn up this time. Profile of dispute is growing.

'People are talking about "war" on the trains'

Richard Westcott

Transport correspondent

Two hugely disruptive strikes, two different train companies, same issue.

The unions want to draw a line in the sand over something called Driver-only-operation or DOO.

It's where the driver is asked to close the doors at stations, instead of the on-board conductor (guard). Drivers have CCTV in the cabs to check people are clear of the doors, but the unions say it's still not safe and passengers will get hurt.

They’re also worried it's a Trojan horse policy to phase out train conductors in future, to save money and cut staff. The companies say they'll keep the conductors on board, they'll just be helping passengers instead.

The dispute is over the introduction of driver-only trains on which guards will no longer open and close doors
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The dispute is over the introduction of driver-only trains on which guards will no longer open and close doors

We've had DOO trains on Britain's railways for decades. The regulator (ORR) says it's happy they are safe and so does the Rail Safety and Standards Board but the unions don't want any more.

It's Scotrail and Southern this time around but this issue could flare up on any number of different lines in future.

People are talking about a "war" on the trains, between the unions on one side, the companies and the government on the other. Neither side wants to budge, and passengers are stuck in the middle.

A bit of light relief on Twitter...

Claire Cottingham

You've been getting involved this morning as the #Southernstrike continues - and some have even seen the funny side. 

You can get involved by tweeting us, using #Southernstrike

I bought my son a train set and made him wait 32 minutes before he could play with it #SouthernStrike

The Southern Rail franchise is in disarray. #SouthernStrike

The Southern Rail franchise is in disarray. #SouthernStrike

Passengers: Strike is 'absolutely ludicrous'

Here's what passengers at Brighton station are saying about the strike.  

Passengers at Brighton station

'More staff than passengers'

Frustrations continue to grow this morning as the #SouthernStrike continues. It's expected to affect your journey all day.

Greg tweeted this picture, questioning the passenger to staff ratio. 

#SouthernStrike #southernrail Brighton commuters abandon southern. More staff than passengers

#SouthernStrike #southernrail Brighton commuters abandon southern. More staff than passengers