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Summary

  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Updates on Wednesday 7 September 2016

Live Reporting

By Stuart Maisner and Kathryn Langley

All times stated are UK

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Bye for now

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for today. We'll be back with you from 06:00 BST tomorrow with more on the second day of the Southern Rail strike.

In the mean time, if you'd like to get in touch then you can find us on TwitterFacebook, or send us an email.

Campaigners: 'people are paying thousands a year for their season ticket'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The Association of British Commuters says it's angry many passengers are having to use replacement buses to get to work during the walkout.

Southern strike: 'It's a real pain' say parents

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

These parents in Bexhill say the Southern strikes are making it more tricky to get the children to school.

Southern train

A Southern rail strike which is causing fresh travel chaos across London and the South East is being "solidly supported", the RMT says.

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The view from Arundel

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Here's another passenger's view of today's strike action - this time in Arundel.

What's your opinion? You can send us your thoughts on Twitter using #Southernstrike, send us a message on Facebook or email us.

Judicial review campaigners reach target

A campaign to fund a judicial review into the Government's handling of the Southern Rail saga has reached its £10,000 target in just three days, according to the Brighton & Hove Independent.

Protesters at Brighton station
Eddie Mitchell
Passengers give us reaction to strike
Commuters trying to get to work during the latest Southern rail strike have been venting their frustration.

'It's affecting my business'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Heather Barrie runs Harrie's coffee bar at Arundel station. She says the strikes are leaving her out of pocket.

RMT Union: 'This is a safety issue'

Kathryn Langley

Sussex Live

There'll be no rail services for many Sussex commuters today, as RMT union members begin a 48-hour walkout across the Southern network.

How the Southern rail strike is affecting the first day of secondary school for children.
How the Southern rail strike is affecting the first day of secondary school for children.

Southern Rail: 'This strike isn't our fault'

Kathryn Langley

Sussex Live

Southern Rail says it's been talking to the RMT for more than a year about changes to the role of conductors, and says the union's latest 48-hour walkout is unnecessary.

'Commuters seem less sure than ever why it’s happening'

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

The yellow banners and green flags of the RMT Union are becoming a familiar sight at the entrance to Brighton Station.

Once again, that picket was the focus of support and ire, depending on who you asked. A well-wishing taxi tooted its approval, but five minutes later an angry commuter remonstrated with the union reps “don’t you know we have jobs too?”

RMT strike
RMT

The dispute deepens – one RMT representative telling the BBC it could drag on until Christmas.

But ordinary commuters seem less sure than ever why it’s happening. Is it about who gets to open the doors? Is it about jobs? Is it about passenger safety? Many travellers simply don’t care – they just want to get to work on time.

Guard and Southern train
Reuters

'It's having a huge impact on passengers'

BBC reporter James Ingham was at Arundel station this lunchtime.

'It's been an absolute nightmare'

Stuart Maisner

Here's the view of residents in Arundel in West Sussex.

Sweltering on the train?

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

Will you be too hot on a strike-hit train or do you need to take a cardie? Here's my South East forecast.

Sympathy or anger? The view from the streets of Brighton

The Southern disputed has been drawn out and divides opinion.

Here's a snapshot of opinions from people we spoke to on the streets of Brighton this morning.

Rail minister responds to strike action

Rail minister Paul Maynard said: “Passengers want a railway that works for them and delivers the timely, modern and convenient service they expect.

“They should not have to suffer any further disruption from strikes as the unions try and prevent the delivery of a modern railway, with additional capacity and improved performance.”

Paul Maynard
Conservative Party

How are the local newspapers covering today's strike?

Newspapers (generic)
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Here's how Sussex's local papers are covering today's strike:

The Argus: Disability campaigners are to join a picket line being mounted by workers at Southern rail during a fresh strike in a long-running row over changes to the role of conductors.

Worthing Herald: Strike action today by Southern conductors will see reduced train services across Sussex, with last trains from London running as early as 16:30 BST.

'I've been waiting for months for my appointment'

Stuart Maisner

Today's rail strike prevented Latvian Elena Mikhaylova, who lives in Brighton, getting to London for her long-awaited residency appointment. 

Southern strike: 'Driven by Department for Transport'

Kathryn Langley

Sussex Live

The RMT union's Steve Hedley has blamed the government for causing the strike - this is strongly denied by the Department for Transport. 

We want to know how the 48-hour strike will affect you and your family. 

Please email us or send us a message on Facebook

'Passengers have had enough of this'

Huw Merriman, the MP for Bexhill and Battle, has his say on the #Southernstrike.

The schoolchildren 'distressed' by rail strike

BBC Radio 4

The latest Southern rail strike is happening on the first day of secondary school for some children.

Jake is 11-years-old. He tells BBC Radio 4 reporter Emily Unia he wanted to catch the train to school on his first day but due to the strike he cannot.

Southern strikes: 'We can't go back to the 1970s' says Wealden MP

Nus Ghani, Wealdon MP, believes the strikes are over "who gets to press a button".

RMT: 'Dispute could last until Christmas'

Stuart Maisner

Garry Hassell from the RMT union has told BBC South East he thinks the dispute with Southern could last until Christmas.  

Have your say - #SouthernStrike

Commuters have been getting in touch with us venting their frustration. Keep sending us your views on Twitter using #Southernstrike, send us a message on Facebook or email us.

I travel by train all over UK all the time at all times of day I've *never* thought "Thank goodness, no conductor" Support #Southernstrike

No #Southernstrike: Train is late. #Southernstrike: train is on time. Southern Rail logic. #Southernfail

I love strike days. I get a seat #Southernstrike

Southern strike: How many trains are affected?

Stuart Maisner

We've taken a look at how many trains will be running today.

Southern: Hourly trains to be reinstated on Seaford branch

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

"It's a bit annoying to be honest." Surely something of an understatement from one Seaford-bound commuter I chatted to at Lewes nearly a month ago, during the last rail strike. 

Another didn't mince his words: "It's a total mess". 

Now, after nearly two months of bus replacements that saw the Seaford branch fall completely silent, commuters are cautiously welcoming the reinstatement of hourly trains from the end of this month. 

'It's been going on for far too long'

Here's the view of Summer Dean from the Association of British Commuters.

BreakingSouthern rail dispute could 'last until Christmas'

The RMT has told BBC South East Today the rail dispute could "last until Christmas".

Festive commuters
PA

Get Involved - #Southernstrike.

You've been having your say on the Southern strike.

Please remember to send us your views via Twitter using #Southernstrike, or send us a message on Facebook or email.

Southern strike: 'I never got to see my family'

Meet the man who gave up his job in London because the commute got so bad. 

'There's more to this strike than meets the eye'

Richard Westcott

Transport correspondent

It's become a critical battle in a wider war over how the railways are staffed in future.

The government wants to save money and that inevitably means changing the roles of some of the people who work there. Moving to "driver-only-operated" trains in franchises is a way to cut costs.

Train passengers standing on a platform
EPA

The unions say that threatens jobs, so they've drawn a line in the sand. No more driver-only trains.

Both sides have a lot at stake. Whatever happens on Southern could set the tone for other rail franchises coming up in the future.

'A message to GTR customers'

This is the letter RMT union members are handing to passengers this morning.

Letter from RMT union
RMT

Southern strike: 'The dispute seems to go on and on'

Our reporter John Young has been speaking to commuters at Brighton station this morning.

He's also been speaking to members of the RMT union.

Here's his analysis.

Have your say with #Southernstrike

Commuters have been getting in touch with us venting their frustration.

Keep sending us your views on Twitter using #Southernstrike, send us a message on Facebook or email us.

Guards guaranteed jobs on Southern Unfortunately due to constant tardiness their passengers are not #Southernstrike

Hey I've got an idea, why don't we just fully automate our trains so we don't have a #Southernstrike every other week

Surprise, surprise #Southernstrike #southernfail #trains #commuting

Surprise, surprise #Southernstrike #southernfail #trains #commuting

How are the local newspapers covering today's strike?

A pile of newspapers
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Here's how Sussex's local papers are covering today's strike:

The Argus: Disability campaigners are to join a picket line being mounted by workers at Southern rail during a fresh strike in a long-running row over changes to the role of conductors.

Worthing Herald: Strike action today by Southern conductors will see reduced train services across Sussex, with last trains from London running as early as 16:30 BST.

Southern: More misery for South East passengers

Kathryn Langley

Sussex Live

As RMT members at Southern walkout again in their dispute over the role of conductors, there are claims passengers are bearing the brunt of the disruption.

Will my route into work be affected?

Southern says there will be no service on many routes and only a limited service between approximately 07:30 BST and 18:00 BST on others.

You can find a map showing which routes the strike action will hit here.

A Southern train
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