Southern rail strike leads to travel chaos

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The members of the RTM union protested over the role of conductors through a 24-hour walkout. The strike had a significant impact on services, causing travel chaos on some of the busiest routes.

Southern announced the travellers that the services are most likely to be delayed and some people may not reach their destination on time. The members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, or RTM, walked out today from 11 am for 24 hours.

The union stated that the walkout is a result of the dispute over the role of drive-only trains and conductors. While most of the routes were unavailable, the ones that were opened functioned on queuing systems.

Mick Cash, the general secretary if the RMT union declared that the strike is about safety. He accuses the company that it puts the profit first and the safety of the passengers second. If there will be no consensus regarding this matter, two new strikes are planned for next month.

Southern is currently owned by Govia Thameslink Railway and runs its services all over Southern England. It also includes commuter routes into London Victoria. The decision that led to the protest of the employees regards the role of conductors and the fact that the responsibility for operating the doors will be transferred to the driver.

Patrick McLoughlin, the transport secretary, condemned the strike and announced that he expects to see the union and the operators working together. From his point of view, this matter should not cause disruption, as its purpose is to modernise the services and support the passengers.