DISABILITY activists joined striking rail workers on picket lines yesterday as the bitter dispute over driver-only operated trains rumbled on.
Disabled passengers on Southern Rail are now often expected to book their travel in advance — because services no longer operate with the guarantee of a guard.
Striking guards, organised by rail union RMT, were joined at London’s Victoria station by activists from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC).
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Once again this morning, safety-critical staff on Southern Rail are being forced by this rogue rail operator to take action in defence of safe and accessible services.
“It is a disgrace that Southern have chosen to continue their war on staff and passengers alike, rather than negotiate a settlement that protects the principle of safe railways for all.
“It’s time for the rail companies and the government to get out of the bunker and get talks on that address the fundamental issues of safety, accessibility and the guard guarantee.”
RMT members have been taking industrial action across Southern, Northern and Merseyrail.