High winds have caused travel chaos for motorists across Kent today.
Southern Rail Drivers To Be Balloted
Drivers on Southern Rail, which runs trains from Ashford and Tonbridge, are to be balloted for strikes as part of a dispute which threatens travel chaos in the run-up to Christmas.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said drivers it represents on Southern will vote on industrial action over driver-only trains.
The ballot will open on November 4 and close two weeks later, mirroring the voting timetable of the main drivers' union, Aslef, in the same dispute.
Southern is embroiled in a bitter dispute with the RMT over changes to the role of conductors which has sparked a campaign of industrial action.
General secretary Mick Cash said: "Drivers on Southern Rail will find themselves dangerously exposed if the company decide to plough ahead with their ill-conceived and dangerous plans for a wholesale extension of driver-only operation on their routes.
"Drivers will be placed in an impossible position, trying to monitor despatch from overcrowded platforms while they should be concentrating on the job of driving the train. The consequences for safety at the critical platform/train interface are horrendous.
"The union will be calling for a massive Yes vote as we step up the pressure on Southern to abandon their high-risk plans.''
Southern insists driver-only trains are safe, stressing the system is in place across large sections of the rail network.
Strong winds close the Dartford Bridge
Helen Bailey was drugged, killed and then her body was dumped in a cesspit below their home
Historic golf tournament in Sandwich in 2020 is expected to boost Kent economy by £100m
Recently Played Tracks
Now playing: Non-stop hit music
Deposit £10 to get a £40 Welcome Bonus - That's £50 to play bingo, slots and more!*
Over 50 tracks to make you feel-good. New album out now...
Find your local four day weather report here.
What's happening on the roads where you are?
Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.
Find out more about some of the companies advertising on Heart.
Get some great ideas on how to advertise your business on radio, online and on mobile.