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2016-12-02 GTR-001
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Union industrial action to cause “severe and significant” disruption to services

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Govia Thameslink Railway

Union industrial action to cause “severe and significant” disruption to services

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2 December 2016
source Govia Thameslink Railway
type Press release

Southern Railway is warning customers to expect “severe and significant” disruption to Southern and Gatwick Express services every day from next Tuesday when industrial action by ASLEF and RMT unions begins.

Commuters will face major delays from Tuesday (6 December) when Southern drivers begin a ban on overtime working and conductors start a new three-day strike. On 13 December, drivers will begin the first wave of nine days of strike action planned.

However, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), Southern’s parent company, has applied to the High Court to stop the ASLEF strikes, with the hearing likely to be heard next week. See notes to editors for strike dates.

Southern is advising that ASLEF’s continuous drivers’ overtime ban from 6 December will severely affect services every day. On RMT strike days this will result in only around 50% of the full timetable being able to operate.

If the ASLEF strikes go ahead, on these days no Southern services will operate, with only Thameslink services to Three Bridges and Brighton and a limited service on Gatwick Express.

In summary:

From Tuesday 6 December until further notice:

o West London Line services are all cancelled
o London Bridge - Beckenham Junction services are all cancelled
o Brighton - Seaford services are all cancelled. Buses will operate Lewes – Seaford
o Other metro services will also be reduced.

Further details will be available on the Southern website later.

If drivers’ strikes take place (first planned date is 13 December) there will be:

o No Southern service
o Gatwick Express every 30 minutes Victoria - Gatwick
o Thameslink will operate normally but be exceptionally busy
o Crowd control arrangements will be in place at stations that have a service

Southern Director Alex Foulds said: “Regrettably, because of this wholly unnecessary and unjustified industrial action, there will be severe and significant disruption on our network from next Tuesday and customers are advised that stations will be incredibly busy.

"If passengers can make alternative travel arrangements they should, and if they don’t have to travel they shouldn’t. If the drivers’ strikes go ahead, there will be no services on Southern and customers should not attempt to travel.

“We’re doing everything we can to stop the drivers’ strike and that’s why we a seeking an injunction in the High Court next week. This industrial action is a clearly co-ordinated and cynical manoeuvre by the unions to bring yet further travel misery to passengers as well as having a detrimental impact on the regional economy when it least needs it.

"If the unions are listening to passengers then they will call off all industrial action now and give hardworking commuters and their families their lives back.”

Thameslink services are not directly affected by the strike action, although these services are expected to be extremely busy.
Other operators' services are not affected, but are likely to be busier.

Online journey planners will be updated only 24 hours before the strike date in question. Customers are advised to check regularly for travel updates at


Notes to editors:
o Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 December (RMT conductors' strike)
o Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 December (ASLEF and RMT drivers' strike)
o Friday 16 December (ASLEF and RMT drivers' strike)
o Monday 19 to Tuesday 20 December (RMT conductors' strike)
o Saturday 31 December to Monday 2 January (RMT conductors' strike)
o Monday 9 January to 14 January (ASLEF and RMT drivers’ strike)

For more information email or call Southern and Gatwick Express press office: 0203 750 2030

Govia Thameslink Railway

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) operates Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express services as follows:
o Thameslink – services between Bedford and Brighton, Luton/St Albans and Sutton, Wimbledon and Sevenoaks
o Great Northern – services between London and Welwyn, Hertford, Peterborough, Cambridge and King’s Lynn
o Southern – services between London and the Sussex coast (Brighton, Worthing, Eastbourne, Bognor Regis, Hastings) and parts of Surrey, Kent and Hampshire (Ashford International, Southampton, Portsmouth)
o Gatwick Express – Fast, non-stop direct services between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria

GTR is now the largest rail franchise in the UK in terms of passenger numbers, trains, revenue and staff: GTR carries about 326 million passenger journeys per year, employs around 6,500 people and generates annual passenger revenues of approximately £1.3bn.

The GTR investment programme for stations includes funding for more CCTV, toilet refurbishments, new retail facilities, help points and car park improvements – as well as plans for increased motorcycle storage and improved transport integration.,,

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