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WEST SUSSEX RAIL USERS ASSOCIATION
64, Brampton Court, Stockbridge Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 8PD
Tel: 01243 788028
Talks between GTR and the RMT union are to be resumed and the GTR has called off their strike for tomorrow (Thursday 11 July) and Friday. It is too late to revise the strike timetable for tomorrow although there may be some additional services after the planned shutdown at 18.00 (see Southern website for this). The temporary timetable introduced on 11 July will apply on Friday.
Southern has been advised by the RMT Union that its conductor members will strike from 00.01 on Monday 8 August until 23.59 on Friday 12 August. This will have a significant effect on Southern services on the whole of the days affected, with no service on many routes and only a limited service between approximately 07.30 and 18.00 on others. Queuing systems will be in place at many stations that are open so you may have a long wait before you are able to board a train. Unfortunately Southern cannot guarantee to get you to your destination. All information below is subject to change and you should re-check here for the latest information before you travel. The reduced service shown will operate all day on the dates affected. Trains on many routes are expected to be extremely busy.
It is expected that no Southern trains will operate in either direction on several routes including: Clapham Junction to Milton Keynes via Kensington Olympia; Dorking to Horsham; Preston Park to Hove; Chichester to Portsmouth Harbour and Southampton Central; Redhill to Tonbridge. Earlswood, Salfords and Faygate stations will not be served. A limited service will operate in both direction between approximately 07.30 and 18.30 on 5 routes. London Bridge to East Grinstead; Three Bridges to Chichester via Horsham; Three Bridges to Victoria via Gatwick and Redhill; Brighton to Bognor via Littlehampton; and Brighton to Eastbourne via Lewes.
A timetable of these services is provided on the Southern website at http://www.southernrailway.com/your-journey/strike/. These trains are expected to be extremely busy and Southern cannot guarantee there will be space for you to travel. Southern strongly advise you to travel outside peak times where possible. They also advise you to avoid planning to travel on the last trains of the day - if you are unable to board services they will not be able to arrange alternative transport. Please note that the last trains of the day on the above routes are at approximately 18.00; or even earlier where your journey requires a change at either Three Bridges or Brighton.
The timetables are similar to those for the strike days earlier this year and show that there will be a train every 30 minutes along the Arun Valley from Three Bridges to Chichester calling at all stations and starting around 0630 and ending around 1800. These trains connect with a Southern service running between Three Bridges and Victoria as well as with Thameslink services that are not affected by the dispute. Along the West Coastway there will be a train every 30 minutes between Brighton and Bognor via Littlehampton. This connects with the Chichester to Three Bridges trains at Barnham. There will be no direct trains between Littlehampton and Victoria via Hove, so a change of train at Brighton will be necessary for those travelling from stations between Littlehampton and Hove. I have tried to simplify the Arun Valley timetable with its onward connections into the table on the next page and I hope you will find it helpful. But remember to keep your eye on the website in case there are last minute changes.
To add to passengers woes, the drivers’ union ASLEF is having a third ballot (the first two were ruled as unlawful by the Courts) for strike action on Southern and Gatwick express about the changes in the roles of drivers and conductors, as well as aspects of the temporary timetable introduced on 11 July. The Southern response to this is:
“Twice Aslef has tried to block our plans to improve the railway and twice the courts have ruled their attempts unlawful. Aslef members have been successfully operating this timetable for three weeks to deliver more reliable services for passengers and staff in the face of train crew shortages. To call a strike ballot against this timetable now is a cynical and desperate attempt to heap even more misery on passengers especially as we have met with Aslef on two occasions and have a further meeting with them next week on this specific issue. Passengers should remember that Aslef and the RMT signed a pact last year to fight any extension of driver-only operation tooth and nail. The news of this ballot comes at the very moment we are trying to find a resolution with the RMT at Acas and is premature and opportunistic.”
And on top of this, the ticket office staff union TSSA has announced a ballot of Southern and other GTR staff about the planned changes to ticket offices across the GTR network; The Southern response to this is:
“The TSSA union has announced that it is to ballot GTR ticket office staff over our plans to improve the customer experience at 83 of our stations. TSSA now seems to want to join the RMT in heaping more misery on our passengers. Balloting for industrial action over proposals which will see affected staff earn more, where jobs have been guaranteed and which will result in station staff being available for longer seems not only pointless but ridiculous. We trust station teams will see these proposals are good news for them and for passengers.”
The revised timetables, originally introduced for a 4 week period, will now continue on non-strike days until further notice.
|Blackfriars||t or e||0820||0849||0909||0937||1951||1951|
|Blackfriars||t or e||0633||0728||1658||1720||1740|
b – change at Barnham; e – change at East Croydon; t – change at Three Bridges; g – change at Gatwick
The West Coastway timetable is an all stations service starting from Bognor at 0650, Barnham 0705, Littlehampton 0718, Worthing 0738 arriving Brighton 0804. The service is repeated every 30 minutes with the last train from Bognor at 1750 arriving Brighton 1904. In the opposite direction the first train is 0716 from Brighton arriving Bognor at 0832. The last one is 1746 from Brighton arriving Bognor at 1902 with a following 1816 to Littlehampton only.