Rail services across south London disrupted by strikes and overtime ban

Southern train. Pic: Matthew Black

Southern train. Pic: Matthew Black

Southern Rail strikes starting this morning are likely to cause severe disruption, including many services in the Eastlondonlines areas.

From this morning Southern drivers will begin a ban on working overtime shifts while Southern conductors will commence a three-day strike.

This action is the first of many set to take place over the Christmas period, with nine days of strikes planned to start on December 13.

Drivers on the Piccadilly, Hammersmith and City underground lines were also planning to strike on Tuesday but the RMT Union last night resolved to suspend the walkout, following successful talks with London Underground.

Among the affects of the strike will be:

  • No Southern service on the West London Line., which links Clapham Junction to Willesden Junction.
  • There will be no Southern services between London Bridge and Beckenham.
  • There will be limited services on the lines from London Bridge  to East Grinstead and Uckfield.

For more information visit the Southern website.

Tube drivers were planning a 24-hour walk-out from 21.30 pm today which would have resulted in the complete closure of the Piccadilly Line and severely reduced services on the Hammersmith and City line.

RMT announced that discussion with employment arbitration service ACAS had resulted in their objectives for the Piccadilly Line being achieved, and further talks were planned to create a long term agreement on the Hammersmith and City line.

General Secretary of the union Mick Cash said last night:

“Talks with London Underground have proved to be positive and focused and as a result we have been able to make enough significant progress to allow us to suspend the strike action in both disputes that was scheduled for tomorrow evening.”

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