Sussex train services disrupted as rail strikes continue

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Train drivers from the RMT union will stage another two-day strike this week over issues relating to pay and working conditions, causing more mayhem for Brighton commuters.

The strikes are set to take place on Thursday 16th March and Saturday 18th March, and will result in significant disruption to train services in Sussex and the surrounding areas.

Govia Thameslink Railway, which oversees Southern, Gatwick Express, and Thameslink services, has issued a warning to passengers and advised them to check for updates before travelling.

Since only a third of the usual services will operate, the services that will go ahead are expected to be very crowded, and passengers should anticipate longer wait times.

Southern has pledged to operate services on more routes than in previous strikes, though all routes will run on a limited schedule with earlier start and finish times than usual.

Gatwick Express will operate a select number of services. Following the strikes, services are scheduled to start later on March 17 and 19.

Jenny Saunders, Customer Services Director at GTR, has apologised to customers for the disruptions the strikes will cause.

She said: “We are really sorry for the inconvenience this RMT union action will once again cause our customers.

“With only a limited service running, starting later and finishing earlier than usual, I must advise customers to check for their specific journey details, as there’ll be lots of variations from station to station.

“I truly appreciate how hard this is going to be for our customers. These national strikes are terrible for everyone and are the last thing anyone wants as we try to regrow the railway after the pandemic.”

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