Fresh misery ahead for Southern passengers

The replaced toll gate after the original was shattered by the mare.''The replaced toll gate in 1915 after the original was leapt over by the runaway mare with the carriage she was pulling smashing it to pieces. Picture: Ralph Cousins.

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GUARDS on Southern Railway are to stage a five-day strike in the long-running dispute over their role.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will walk out from August 8.

Southern’s services – including those that run from Portsmouth – have been hit by delays and cancellations for several weeks because of industrial action.

The RMT said it had offered a three-month pause to action if the company agreed to suspend its proposals for driver-operated doors and allow talks to take place.

A union spokesman said: ‘The union wrote to new transport secretary Chris Grayling asking for talks after he said it was a priority to sort out the chaos on Southern. That letter has been ignored.’

Southern, owned by Govia Thameslink Railway, is planning to change the role of conductors on August 21.