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FRESH Southern railway strikes have been suspended in a bid to resolve a dispute over changes in workers’ duties.

The RMT union has announced that planned industrial action on Wednes has been called off.

But bosses warn the row is not over.

It comes after Southern services across Hampshire were halted last month as RMT union members walked out. They’re unhappy with changes to their roles which they fear will put passenger safety at risk.

In a statement, a Southern spokesperson said: ‘We are pleased for our passengers that the RMT has called off its planned station staff strike and we look forward to working together to deliver a better railway for everyone.

‘While it is good news that this dispute has been suspended, we are disappointed that the dispute with the RMT over changes to the role of Southern conductors remains.

‘With two further strikes planned for Wednesday and Thursday next week this means, if the strikes go ahead, on these days we will be operating a contingency strike timetable and passengers are advised to check our website southernrailway.com for details.’