Strike action paralyzes rail network – how Sussex is affected

COMMUTERS face severe disruption as rail workers pull out as part of national action over wage dispute.

With strikes crippling rail networks across the country, companies said substitute bus services or ticketing at other services and bus operators are unavailable for people traveling by train today.

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), which operates the Gatwick Express, Southern and Thameslink services, said very few trains will run – with no Gatwick Express trains operating. Crowding is expected, especially on the last trains of the day and with possible delays.

Angie Doll, Chief Operating Officer at GTR, said: “Unfortunately, due to strikes by RMT members on Wednesday 27th July, we again have to ask people not to travel unless absolutely necessary. There will be very few train services and some routes will be closed altogether.

“Services begin much later than normal and end as early as 4:30 p.m. All this can lead to very crowded trains and possible delays. Passengers should plan ahead and consider traveling at a different time.

“We are very disappointed that passengers across the country are now fearful of further rail disruptions. Our focus remains on encouraging RMT to work with the industry to find a quick fix.”

Striking signalers at Network Rail have prompted GTR to focus on offering service only on the busiest mainline routes, with trains east and west of Sussex not operating.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said union members were “more determined than ever to achieve a decent wage increase, job security and good working conditions”.

He said: “Network Rail hasn’t improved what it has paid for so far, and the rail companies haven’t offered us anything new.

“Indeed, Network Rail has upped the ante, threatening forced layoffs and unsafe 50 percent cuts in maintenance if we don’t withdraw our planned strike action.

“RMT will continue to negotiate in good faith, but we will not be bullied or persuaded by anyone.”

The disruption to train routes will continue into tomorrow, with services starting at 7am and a Sunday service.

How will my trip be affected today?

Southern and Thameslink

Only two trains per hour operate on the following routes:

  • London Victoria and Brighton
  • London Bridge and Brighton
  • London Bridge and Gatwick Airport
  • London Bridge and Three Bridges
  • Brighton and Hove

There are no trains from Brighton to Littlehampton, Bognor or Portsmouth, and there are no services from Brighton to Seaford, Eastbourne or Hastings

The services are expected to be very busy and may be subject to disruptions. Passengers are advised to inquire before traveling, particularly to ensure when the last train of the day reaches their destination.

Gatwick Express

No services are operated today. Passengers are advised to use alternative Southern and Thameslink services to get to and from their destination.

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