Southern strikes deal announced

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A deal to end a bitter dispute between Southern Railway and Aslef over driver-only trains has been agreed.

The two sides have been holding lengthy talks in a bid to resolve a long-running row which sparked a series of strikes.

Around 1,000 drivers will now vote on the deal, bringing some relief to passengers who have suffered months of disruption because of industrial action and staff shortages.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union is still in dispute with Southern over changes to the role of conductors.

The RMT announced it is to ballot workers on Merseyrail for industrial action over the role of guards.