THIS WEEK IN 1979: Action taken to keep trains rolling

Rail fares are unjust says Sophie
Rail fares are unjust says Sophie
Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

NOSTALGIA: A red bluestocking at Portsmouth Grammar School

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Last-minute efforts were set to be made in a week’s time to avert more misery for thousands of London commuters and other travellers on British Rail’s Southern Region.

With some Southern Region train drivers threatening to stage one-day stoppages, rail unions were set to meet management on Tuesday January 9.

Hope – which was only faint at the time – was that the meeting would lead to a formula being found to satisfy the drivers’ bonus demands.

Failure would signal the go-ahead for threatened strikes in Southern Region’s south-west division on Wednesday, January 10 and January 17.

Other divisions were also expected to carry out unofficial action, and, if no agreement was to be reached, sanctions may be enforced – banning overtime and rest-day working.