An End To Train Drivers' Strikes In Sight?

22 September 2017, 11:00

southern rail crowded platform

The train drivers' union has made "significant" progress in talks aimed at resolving a long-running dispute on Southern Railway.

Officials from Aslef met with Southern' s owners Govia Thameslink Railway to try to break the deadlock over staffing and driver-only trains.

A union statement said: "Further discussions between Aslef and GTR have taken place and significant progress has been made.

"We are now in the process of finalising a proposal for agreement."

Aslef leaders have recommended two deals this year but they were both rejected in ballots of union members.

Further meetings will be held and any fresh ballot is unlikely to be held for several weeks.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union remains in dispute with Southern over the role of guards and will stage two 24 hour strikes next month.