Southern Rail drivers end 18-month dispute by signing new pay deal

Southern Rail have been in a dispute with union Aslef since last April
Southern Rail have been in a dispute with union Aslef since last April
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SOUTHERN Rail drivers have ended 18 months of commuter misery by agreeing a deal with the train drivers' union Aslef.

Drivers working for the rail provider that are represented by Aslef have accepted a proposed solution to the long-running dispute, with 79.1 per cent voting in favour.

Since April last year, the union and rail provider have been arguing over the role of driver-only trains.

Drivers represented by the union have today chosen to accept a pay deal which will see them receive a 28 per cent pay rise over the next five years.

It brings an end to the longest-running industrial dispute in the history of Britain's railways.

Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef said: 'Our members on Southern, after careful consideration, and long and hard negotiations, have voted to accept this resolution to our industrial dispute with the company.

'We are pleased with a resolution, which we believe, works for the staff and the company, and we now look forward to working with Southern Rial to restore good industrial relations and deliver the service passengers in the region deserve.'

Nick Brown, chief operating officer of Govia Thameslink Railway - which owns Southern Rail - said: 'This dispute has been difficult for our passengers in particular and we are pleased that we can now move ahead and deliver stability by finally concluding this deal with Aslef.

'Our trains will be planned to have a second person on board and this has been the arrangement we have operated over the last year. More on-train staff are on more trains with more passengers than ever before.'