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Summary

  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Updates on Thursday 8 September 2016

Live Reporting

By Stuart Maisner and Kathryn Langley

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for another day. 

We'll be back as usual from 06:00 BST tomorrow morning.

If you'd like to get in touch, you can find us on Twitter and Facebook, or send us an email.

Enjoy the last of today's sunshine.

Local paper round-up

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Here's how Sussex's local newspapers have been covering the strike:

Chichester Observer: A second day of action could see some last trains running as early as 16:30 BST.

Worthing Herald: Two brothers frustrated by the unreliability of Southern Rail services have walked 60 miles home from London.

The Argus: Passengers are one step closer to taking legal action against the government over the Southern Rail crisis. 

It's not all bad news

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

One member of staff at a pub near Brighton Station has told me she feels sorry for commuters, but says the strike has been good for business.

Traders: It's bad for business

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Businesses near Brighton Station have been telling me they're worried about the impact this latest strike is having on the city.

Latest strike: What's actually changed?

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

The latest Southern strike is drawing to a close. Commuters at our key rail hubs will soon be able to go about their business again.

But what’s actually changed over the last 48 hours? In terms of conflict resolution, it seems like very little.

The RMT’s stance towards the government has certainly hardened. Last time, the union pleaded with ministers to intervene in the dispute. Now, Mick Cash accuses ministers of "propping them up, financially and politically."

There appears to be little love lost from the Department for Transport. Rail Minister Paul Maynard said the RMT was "preventing the delivery of a modern railway."   

Southern train
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So, unable to woo each other, all sides are keen to bend the ears of you, the travelling public. 

The Government is on the passenger’s side, it tells us. Southern wants to deliver you a more accessible, more punctual service, they say. And the RMT tells me it is striking "selflessly" – putting your safety above its members’ pay cheques.

As ever, though, passengers we've spoken to aren’t in the mood to be wooed. They just want a reliable rail service.

#Southernstrike: Your tweets

We haven't even reached rush hour yet, but plenty of you are still tweeting us using #Southernstrike.

You can also send us a message on Facebook or email us.      

Here's what you've been saying:

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'I've seen friends trapped in train doors'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Disability campaigners have joined the Southern strike picket lines, worried about the impact changes to the role of guards' might have on them.

Latest figures: Nearly one in ten trains cancelled

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

There's more bad news for Southern today. 9.3% of trains on its services were cancelled or severely delayed between April and June, according to data from the Office of Rail and Road.

Southern train
BBC

Govia Thameslink Railway, which also runs the Thameslink, Gatwick Express and Great Northern franchises, was the worst-performing rail operator for the period and the figure was also the highest recorded for the group since current records began in 2004.

There may be a rail strike, but it's very hot out there

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

After a reasonably pleasant morning the sun will continue shining this afternoon.

I have your weather forecast for the rest of the day and tomorrow.

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.  

The headlines from the Southern strike

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Let's take a look at the latest updates on today's strike.

'Stations like Bexhill are closed'

Our reporter Jon Hunt updated the situation from Bexhill station last night. 

Southern expect to run 60% of its services

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

So what's the strike all about and how might it affect you?

Striking workers

A strike by the RMT union on the Southern rail network enters its second day, bringing more disruption for passengers.

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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.    

Happy Birthday from @SouthernRailUK! Delay Repay received for the last strike! #Southernstrike

Happy Birthday from @SouthernRailUK! Delay Repay received for the last strike! #Southernstrike

Keep calm and Work From Home! #Southernstrike #southernfail

I can't believe southern rail are striking over who closes the carriage doors?! #southernrail #Southernstrike #growup

The view from the rail replacement bus

Our reporter Charlie Rose has been gauging the temperature on the rail replacement bus from Seaford to Lewes.

Singer Alison Moyet tweets about strike

And she's not happy.

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'Since April I've had to say goodnight to my daughter on the phone'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

There's been months of misery for Southern passengers - with not just the strikes but also bus replacement services brought in during temporary timetables.

These commuters were on the bus replacement service from Seaford to Lewes.  

The view from Arundel

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Here's another passenger's view of the strike - 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.

'The ballad of Southern Rail'

BBC Radio 4

Passengers who use Southern Rail to travel into London from the South Coast are fed up and they've been protesting - in person and online.

One commuter's protest has now been viewed over a million times. It's a poem by Nathaniel Tapley.  

ICYMI: Day one of the Southern strike

Here's a round up of how day one of the Southern strike affected the South East from our reporter Jon Hunt. 

RMT: 'Second day remains rock solid'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The RMT union said the second day of the strike "remains rock solid". 

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: "Our members on Southern stand solid, determined and united again this morning. 

RMT picket line
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"The union thanks the travelling public for their understanding and support as we stand up against this failing and greedy rail operator in defence of the safety of passengers and staff alike.

Mick Cash
BBC

"Southern is a train operator that has chosen to declare war on both fare-payers and the workforce. Our message to rail users across the Southern network is clear - our fight is your fight. "   

Brothers walk 60 miles due to Southern 'unreliability'

Worthing Herald

Two brothers frustrated by the unreliability of Southern Rail services have walked 60 miles home from London. Read the Worthing Herald story here.

Isaac Kirby-Dunkley and his brother Otis Kirby-Dunkley
Worthing Herald
Isaac Kirby-Dunkley, 18, and his brother Otis Kirby-Dunkley, 22, walked from London to Worthing

'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.  

Southern strike: 'Fightback begins'

The Argus

The front page of The Argus has reported on a crowdfunding attempt to hire lawyers to challenge the government's handling of the Southern franchise.

Argus front page
Argus

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.     

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.  

Packed, standing room only and it's not even 7 o'clock Sort it out @SouthernRailUK #Southernstrike #southernfail

Girls just wanna have fun, but instead are late for work because of the #Southernstrike

You realise that the strikes @SouthernRailUK are bad when you get a buzz from getting THIS seat #SouthernStrike #sad

You realise that the strikes @SouthernRailUK are bad when you get a buzz from getting THIS seat #SouthernStrike #sad

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

What are your chances of completing your journey today?

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

With a second day of Southern strikes beginning, how many trains will be running today? We've been looking at the figures.

Will you be sweltering on a strike-hit train?

Find out how the weather is in Sussex today by taking a look at my forecast below.

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

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

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.  

#Southernstrike: day two

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

We'll be bringing you updates on the strike on the Southern network by members of the RMT union right up to 19:00 BST. 

We want to hear your stories today - are you trying to get to work, school or college by train or are you lucky enough to be able to take the day off? If so, what are you doing today?

Remember you can get in touch on Twitter using #Southernstrike, on Facebook or send us an email.  

Southern train
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