Southern rail strike to affect trains to Gatwick

A five-day strike by the RMT Union will affect Southern Rail services from today, 8 August until Friday 12 August.

At least 40% of this week’s Southern services have been cancelled

Although Gatwick Express and Thameslink train services are expected to operate as normal – with an amended timetable – anyone travelling to Gatwick is advised to allow plenty of extra time for their journey.

Disruption to train services to Gatwick this Bank Holiday weekend

Watch out for more disruption to the trains between London and Gatwick Airport this coming bank holiday weekend.

Continuing engineering works between Clapham Junction and Selhurst will mean some lines are closed.

There will be no Gatwick Express services from Saturday 30 April until 4am on Tuesday 3 May.

The line closures will also have a major affect on other trains operating between London Victoria and Gatwick – some services will involve bus journeys, others will involve taking the tube to Blackfriars.

Journeys are expected to take between 68 minutes and 77 minutes, so, if you plan to travel by train, please allow plenty of time for your journey.

Southern Train conductors set to strike tomorrow, 26 April

Travelling by train to Gatwick tomorrow? Then be aware that members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will stage a 24-hour strike from 11am, 26 April.

This is the first of three one-day strikes called in response to Govia Thameslink Railway’s decision to introduce Driver Only Operation (DOO) on all Southern trains, which the union says threatens jobs, conditions and public safety.

Although the strike will affect Southern train services, Gatwick Express and Thameslink services are expected to be extremely busy and may not stop at all normal destinations.

Two other 24-hour strikes are planned for the same time on 10 and 12 May.

For the latest, up-to-date information on the strike action visit the Southern Trains website.

No Gatwick Express this Easter

A reminder to regular readers that there will be no Gatwick Express trains this Easter bank holiday weekend – from Friday 25 to Monday 28 March – due to engineering works.

These works also mean there are no trains between London Victoria Station and Clapham Junction.

Passengers travelling to Gatwick by train from London are advised to go via London Bridge.

No Gatwick service on Sunday, 31 January 2016

If you plan to travel to Gatwick by train this Sunday, 31 January 2016, you may wish to consider another method of transport.

Engineering work means all lines will be closed between South Croydon and Redhill. As a result, no Gatwick Express trains will operate between the hours of 02:00 Sunday 31 January and 02:00 on Monday 1 February.

There’s a revised service on Southern and Thameslink trains, which will include buses – journey times will take between 80 and 90 minutes.

Disruption on trains to Gatwick Sunday 10 January

More engineering works this Sunday, 10 January, will affect train travel to Gatwick.

No Gatwick Express services will operate on Sunday 10 January – the first Gatwick Express service is expected to begin at 04:00 on Monday, 11.

Other train services between London and Gatwick Airport will involve bus services part or all of the way with journey times in the region of 90 – 104 minutes.

Gatwick passengers are advised to check train services in advance and allow plenty of extra time for their journey.

Southern Rail conductors vote for strike action

A strike by Southern rail staff is looking more likely after a recent ballot.

The RMT strike ballot of Southern Rail conductors has resulted in more than 70% voting in favour of strike action.Staff are in dispute with employers over a number of issues, including:

  • Failure to deal with rostering issues raised by the union despite prolonged negotiations
  • Abuse of the Conductors Restructuring Agreement
  • Insufficient establishment levels to cover work

The RMT executive is to consider the ballots results and what action to take, however, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT remains available for further talks and we hope that in light of this ballot result the company will now see sense”.

Southern Rail workers balloted for strike action

Rail Union RMT is beginning to ballot almost 400 Southern Rail conductors on strike action.

The ballot was announced after the union and rail operator failed to reach agreement over a number of issues including: rostering issues, and abuse of the Conductors Restructuring Agreement.

The ballot closes on December 15 with the union being required to give seven days’ notice for strike action.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “The staffing shortages on Southern are a disgrace. This is a vital and lucrative franchise where commuters pay thousands of pounds a year to travel on services that are chronically under-staffed and RMT members have had enough of it.
“We have no option now but to ballot for action in the run up to Christmas. This union will not sit back while staffing levels are pared to the bone and our members run ragged solely in the interests of private company profits.
“We will be explaining to the travelling public, who are also the victims of this corner-cutting policy, why we are being forced down this road and we will be asking them to assist us in putting pressure on the company. RMT remains available for talks.”