The National Audit Office has concluded that high levels of disruption for passengers mean that, to date, the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern rail franchise has “not delivered value for money”. The department for transport franchise to support the delivery of the major Thameslink upgrade programme and improve passengers’ experience of services.
Southern members of the ASLEF union have suspended all industrial action in the UK, including strikes due to take place next week. As a result, the train operator will return to a full service from Tuesday, January 24th.
Passengers on Southern Rail in the UK are experiencing a second day of strike action as train operators and staff continue to dispute who should operate the doors. As the industrial action continues, Southern representatives will meet with the RMT and Aslef unions to seek an end to the dispute.
Rail passengers in the south of England are facing significant disruption today as train drivers on Southern services begin three days of strike action. No services are expected to run on the entire network as drivers begin a 48-hour walkout. A further 24-hour strike is set for Friday.
A series of strikes on Southern trains in the UK has begun as a long running dispute over the role of guards on-board. Three days of industrial action began at midnight and is set to continue until Friday morning. Southern said it expected to run nearly two thirds of its services over the period.
Industrial action is affecting services on Southern trains, with RMT Union members beginning strike action. This walkout is expected to last five days, with Southern warning all trains will be hit until end of service on Friday. No Southern trains will run on routes between Clapham Junction-Milton Keynes Central; Dorking-Horsham; Oxted-Uckfield; and others.
Sujatha Jayaraj has taken over charge as Divisional Railway Manager, Southern Railway, Salem.
Vigilance Awareness Week is being observed from 31st October 2011 to 5th November 2011.