Train strikes: Chaos at Brighton railway station as passengers queue for the train

Chaos reigned at Brighton station as hundreds waited for the first train of the day, the 12.30pm Southern to Southampton Central.

The four-day strike by members of the RMT union who worked for Network Rail ended at 6am today, but most services have not been able to resume until this afternoon due to the disruption.

A spokesman for Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), the operator responsible for Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express, said: “Services will start much later than usual, with no trains running until midday on some routes.”

Hundreds of travelers waited in the busy Brighton station forecourt to see which platform their train would depart from.

There is also extensive technical work taking place which means there will be no Southern or Gatwick Express trains to or from London Victoria from today 27th December to 2nd January.

Most Southern services will run to and from London Bridge instead, and there will be no Gatwick Express services.

A passenger traveling from London Bridge to Brighton on a Thameslink train said he felt like a sardine in the platform queues.

The Argus: Passengers traveling to Brighton'felt like sardines'Passengers traveling to Brighton ‘felt like sardines’ (Image: NQ)

“We sincerely apologize for the disruption this ongoing RMT campaign will cause our customers throughout the festive period leading up to January 8th,” said Angie Doll, Chief Operating Officer at Govia Thameslink Railway.

“We urge our customers not to travel unless absolutely necessary on strike days.

“We understand this will make life difficult for many and urge you to make alternative arrangements if you must travel.

“Unfortunately, due to a national ban on overtime, trains may be subject to a delayed change even on non-strike days.

“Therefore, our urgent advice is to always check your trip before departure, allow extra time for the journey and if possible not wait for the last train home.”

Network Rail Chief Executive Andrew Haines said: “I am so sorry that our passengers are having to bear the brunt of the RMT’s needless strike when a fair offer is on the table and only a third of the workforce turned it down.” Train strikes: Chaos at Brighton railway station as passengers queue for the train

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