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Summary

  1. Train driver members of the Aslef union take part in the second day of strike action on the Southern Rail network.
  2. Talks at Acas are due to resume tomorrow.
  3. Warnings of severe disruption to services tomorrow.
  4. A further 24-hour stoppage on Friday is still due to go ahead.
  5. Updates on Wednesday 14 December 2016

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BreakingAcas talks to resume tomorrow

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Breaking'Progress made' at talks, say union

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BreakingWarnings of severe disruption tomorrow

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Passengers on Southern and Gatwick Express have been warned to expect services to be severely disrupted tomorrow following today’s drivers’ strike and Aslef's overtime ban for drivers.

Southern passenger services director Angie Doll said: "We will be working hard to run as many services as possible tomorrow, but regrettably I have to warn passengers that services will be severely impacted, with reductions and cancellations across all routes.

 “With today’s strike ending at midnight, despite our best efforts, some trains and crew will still not be in position for tomorrow’s service, and the overtime ban will continue to have a serious impact."

The train operator is advising passengers to check here before travelling.

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Why is this dispute so difficult to crack?

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This dispute is a particularly tricky one to crack, not least because of the unique way the Southern franchise works.

The Government pays Govia Thameslink billions of pounds to run Southern, but keeps all the money raised from tickets itself.

It's an unusual arrangement which came about because disruption from engineering works at London Bridge posed a big financial risk to any train company taking on the Southern routes.

What it also means is that the Government has significant influence on the contract and it is understood to be very keen to push through Driver Only Operation (DOO).

Southern Train
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With the loss of revenue on tickets, thought to be £38m by the end of the year, borne by the taxpayer, Southern arguably has less incentive than other companies to end the strikes.

And on the union side, they know their action can't stop the roll-out of DOO on Southern, which will actually be complete in a couple of weeks’ time.

But they don't agree with it and really want it reversed, so there is no deadline after which their industrial action becomes redundant.

Add this to the fact that the Government won't be in the room at Acas and it looks like it could be pretty tough to get a resolution.

BreakingRMT leader 'barred from talks'

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Talks are now underway to find a solution to the dispute.

Southern bosses are meeting union chiefs at the headquarters of the conciliation service Acas.

They're expected to continue throughout the day.

The strike's over proposed changes in roles for both guards and drivers, with drivers being responsible for opening and closing train doors at stations.

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Southern Rail strike map
Southern Rail

Southern has released this map showing what services will run today. 

  • On routes shown in grey, there will be no service and you will not be able to travel
  • On routes shown in red and purple, you are advised that there will be a significantly reduced service and are advised not to travel

You can see the map and more strike information here.

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