More rail strikes

    Tonbridge Station

    The second wave of Southern Rail strikes began yesterday [Tuesday], with passengers facing massive reductions to the already beleaguered service.

    Buses are running between Tonbridge and Redhill during peak times.

    The Rail Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) began their three-day walk out after rejecting Southern Railway’s last-minute attempt to sway workers with a £2,000 lump sum payment if they signed a new agreement. The conflict is about whether drivers should operate the train doors.

    However, there was slight relief for rail passengers as a new compensation scheme was announced by the government. Customers will now be able to claim if their service is 15 or more minutes late.