Hundreds of thousands of London Commuters were left with no train service as the latest strike in Britain’s worst rail dispute in decades brought more travel misery the day after major disruption on the London’s underground system.
Drivers working for southern rail, which runs services from central London to Gatwick airport and Brighton on the South Coast, began a 48-hour stoppage in a dispute about whose job it should be to open and close the train doors which has already led to more than 25 days of strike action.
The strike comes a day after millions of commuters were hit by a walkout by staff on the underground network which closed most metro stations in central London and led to reduced services, causing gridlock on the roads.
The dispute began last April over plans to extend the use of driver-only operated trains and so reduce the safety role played by the conductor, a second member of onboard staff.
It is the longest-running dispute since the Privatisation of the rail industry in the mid-1990s and there is little sign it is likely to be settled soon.