Commuters in Waterloo chaos to be hit by union demo over driver-only trains

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Thousands of commuters hit by upgrading disruption at Waterloo are set to face a demonstration there on Monday by rail union members.

The RMT union  claims new operator South Western, which takes over the South West Trains (SWT) franchise from Sunday, has failed to guarantee it will not pursue driver-only operation (DOO) for trains. The union says it will  “consider the use of all options” over the DOO issue.

RMT leader Mick Cash warned First MTR, South Western’s parent  company, that Monday’s demonstration “will be the kick-off point for the RMT’s campaign to keep guards on South Western”. 

First MTR says it has “no plans” to remove a second person from trains but it is not yet known what their role will be.

In the continuing dispute over DOO at neighbouring Southern Rail, more strikes are threatened next month.

The RMT today asked  Transport Secretary Chris Grayling for a face-to-face meeting to try to settle the 16-month row.

Fares on South West’s London to Exeter services will be capped because First MTR’s Great Western franchise also runs the only other service between the cities.


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