This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 27/06/2017.
Southern Rail overtime ban: Everything you need to know
Southern Rail trains are set to yet again be plagued by disruption with the Aslef union set to enforce an overtime ban on Thursday and Friday, meaning thousands of rail services will be cut.
About 1,100 rail services will be axed on Thursday and Friday as the rail operator – which due to a shortage of drivers relies on them to work extra days of overtime – tries to cope with the ban.
Aslef has taken the decision to advise members against working overtime on Thursday and Friday after a breakdown in talks over the long-running dispute over the introduction of driver-only-operation of train doors.
The overtime ban was due to take place earlier this month, but was suspended to allow time for more talks.
Aslef says its members should have been consulted over the move, which has seen fellow union the RMT stage dozens of strikes over the past 18 months. Both unions say the introduction compromises passengers safety.
But Southern denies that, and has stated the dispute with Aslef is now about pay after it said the union had rejected a £75,000 pay offer for drivers.
The company says the overtime ban means about 75% of the timetable will run as normal on Thursday and Friday, but some routes are set to have no service at all on Thursday and Friday, while others will have a restricted service.
Exactly which services will be affected?
Some routes won’t have any service, while Southern has advised that some services will be restricted. Southern has suggested to avoid travelling at peak times on routes with a restricted service, as shown on the map below. For full Southern timetables of every service, click here.
Below is a list of the services affected:
Southern has announced that there will be –
- No off-peak Gatwick Express service between Gatwick Airport and Brighton (a limited peak service will operate)
- No Southern service to/from Beckenham Junction
- No service between East Croydon and Milton Keynes Central via Kensington Olympia (a limited peak service will operate between Clapham Junction and Watford Junction)
- No direct service between London and either Portsmouth or Southampton (a change of trains will be required)
- Very limited peak services between Tulse Hill, Peckham Rye and London Bridge
- No Southern peak-only service to/from Guildford
- No Southern peak-only service to/from Wimbledon
- An hourly service will operate between Seaford and Brighton
Can I use my ticket on other services?
Southern says it has made arrangements with other operators to accept your ticket for “reasonable” journeys, including London Buses, London Overground, the entire Tramlink network, as well as certain Southeastern, Great Western, South West Trains and Thameslink services. Brighton and Hove buses will accept tickets as will Metrobus. For more information on the full arrangements, click here.
- Tulse Hill and West Norwood on routes 2, 432, 468, 68 & 196
- Crystal Palace and Beckenham Junction on route 358
- Peckham Rye and Herne Hill via North Dulwich on route 37
- Queens Road Peckham and New Cross Gate on routes 171, 177, 436 and 136
- Route 405 between Redhill and West Croydon via Merstham
- West Croydon, Crystal Palace, Peckham Rye and Canada Water
- Clapham Junction and Watford Junction via Willesden Junction
- Watford Junction and London Euston
On routes with a reduced service, you are advised to avoid travelling at peak times and to allow extra time for your journey.
Can I get a taxi or replacement bus?
Southern says it is not able to provide taxis or replacement buses, and passengers should use the other transport networks mentioned above.
I’m travelling to or from Gatwick for a flight, what should I do?
Southern says passengers should allow plenty of extra time to make sure you catch your flight. The rail operator says it does not provide compensation for missed flights.
Can I use a different station if I have a car park pass?
Southern says no. “Car park tickets are only valid for the car park they were purchased for,” according to the operator.
Will first class be available to standard ticket holders?
In the past, the proles have been allowed in first class during strike action due to overcrowding, but Southern says this time it will only be available to first class ticket holders. However, there is the possibility that could change if overcrowding becomes an issue.
Will peak and off-peak restrictions still apply?
Yes, all the time restrictions that apply to peak, off-peak and the mysteriously-named super off-peak tickets will remain in place as usual, Southern says.