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Summary

  1. Southern rail and RMT to hold dispute talks on Friday
  2. Conductors' strike ended at 11:00 BST
  3. RMT union says support from members was "rock-solid"
  4. Southern ran a revised timetable with many services affected by the walk out
  5. Commuters expressed "frustration" at impact on journeys

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham and Clark Ainsworth

All times stated are UK

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Southern rail conductors' strike ends

Claire Cottingham

That's it from me today. The 24-hour conductors' strike has come to an end. 

But disruption is expected to continue throughout the day so make sure you keep your tweets, emails and Facebook messages coming in. 

There will be more on this story on BBC South East Today at 18:30 BST with Rob Smith and Polly Evans. 

"Your staff are unhappy, your customers are unhappy"

Claire Cottingham

It's been a frustrating morning for many commuters across the South East as the Southern rail 24-hour conductors' strike entered its final hours.

Here's what some of you had to say on twitter.

@SouthernRailUK unable to get on my exam yesterday and unable to get to work today, currently stuck in traffic to Croydon 😡 #southernstrike

Your staff are unhappy, your customers are unhappy. Time for change & that starts at the top! #southernstrike #southernrail #alwayssomething

Second day of the #southernstrike and second day in a row my Brighton service has run on time

Train wasn't actually to bad this morning. Had to make an additional stop but even then most people got a seat #southernstrike

Dear RMT, #thanks for making my life hell for last 2 days, appreciate that! ✌🏽️ #southernstrike

Commuter tales: 'You can not take two days off work'

Commuter Paul Barker,of Rye, told BBC Sussex how the conductors' strike affected his daily commute to London.

He said he worked from home on Tuesday but went to Robertsbridge to catch a Southeastern service on Wednesday.

"You can not take two days off at work but it was standing room only from Frant," he added.

Compensation for strike days

As the 24-hour strike draws to a close, Southern rail have released details of how passengers affected by the action can claim compensation.

Details of compensation for the RMT strike days can be found here >> ow.ly/4n8TPD

Compensation details from Southern rail
Southern rail

Striking Southern rail conductors 'solid and united'

RMT general secretary Mick Cash says union members are standing firm as the strike over changes to the role of Southern rail conductors enters its final stages.

 "Our guards members on Southern are solid and united on the second day of action and the union welcomes the support from the travelling public as they recognise that this dispute is about defending safety critical jobs and services against the drive for cash-driven cuts that would see those services hacked to ribbons.   

Sign warning of disruption to services at Three Bridges
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"All of those cuts plans are driven by one factor and that is the over-arching demand from Southern to max up their financial returns."

Operator Govia Thameslink Railway says there will be no job losses or cuts in salary and the changes will make staff more visible.  

Southern remind passengers to plan journeys

An amended timetable is in place today because of the walk out by conductors.

Southern rail tweeted a picture of their strike route map to remind people to check ahead before travelling. 

The industrial action is due to end at 11:00 BST but Southern have warned of disruption to services until 18:30 BST.

Amended timetable from Southern rail
Southern rail

Brighton station passenger 'frustration' at Southern rail strike

Claire Cottingham

The 24-hour-strike by Southern rail conductors is due to end at 11:00 BST - but how has it affected your journey?

This is what some passengers at Brighton station had to say about the impact of the industrial action.

Passengers at Brighton station

Rail chief 'pleased' that RMT union talks will go ahead

Dyan Crowther, chief operating officer of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), told Neil Pringle on BBC Sussex she "was very pleased to hear" that the RMT union was going to attend talks aimed at halting the strike action.

The action by conductors is in protest at the introduction of more driver-only trains and a planned change to their role.

Mick Cash, of the RMT union, said the dispute was about safety but GTR, which operates Southern rail, said the new system would be perfectly safe.

Rail boss to be interviewed by BBC Sussex

Neil Pringle will be speaking to Dyan Crowther, chief operating officer of Govia Thameslink which runs Southern rail, on the BBC Sussex Breakfast Show at 08:40 BST.

You can listen here.

Neil Pringle
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Neil Pringle

Southern rail conductor dispute strike

Claire Cottingham

Claire Cottingham

We're awaiting official responses from both Southern rail and the RMT union about talks being held on Friday to avert further strike. 

Conductors walked out at 11:00 BST on Tuesday in a dispute over changes to their role.

Hundreds of rail services across the South east have been affected by the industrial action.

Operator Govia Thameslink Railway had urged the union to halt the strike.

BreakingSouthern rail and RMT union to hold dispute talks

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

RMT union to attend talks with Southern rail over conductor dispute on Friday.  

'Queues just to get to overcrowded platform'

Claire Cottingham

As the 24-hour strike by Southern rail conductors enters its second day, passengers have been tweeting about their morning commute.

How is your journey going? Get in touch - Tweetemail or Facebook us. 

Queue just to get on the overcrowded platform at #threebridges to #victoria @SouthernRailUK #southernstrike

Queue just to get on the overcrowded platform at #threebridges to #victoria @SouthernRailUK #southernstrike

@bbcsoutheast @AliFortescue I'm pregnant & have back pain. Had to leave early & pay to get to Brighton by bus despite paying 4K per year! :(

#southernstrike no trains cos of guards, why do we need them? Sack the lot and bring ticket prices down.

RMT union picket line at Brighton railway station

RMT Union picket line at #Brighton station #Southernstrike

BBC
BBC

Snow on the tracks in April?

BBC South Today reporter Paul Clifton took this picture of snow falling at Horsham station yesterday afternoon. 

Make sure you wrap up warm this morning too as it's chilly out there again today. 

It's snowing in Horsham as we prepare rail strike story for @BBCSouthToday

It's snowing in Horsham as we prepare rail strike story for @BBCSouthToday

First Haywards Heath northbound train cancelled

Claire Cottingham

We're already hearing of delays on the rail network in Sussex this morning.

Tracey Brown tweeted us about this cancellation.

@BBCSussex @bbcsoutheast first train northbound from Haywards Heath 6.29 the 03 and 09 were cancelled imagine will be very busy #strike

Rail strike day live travel updates

BBC Travel

As the #southernstrike continues, head to our travel page to keep up to date with the latest on the roads and the rails.

If you spot a problem - let us know. You can contact us via Twitteremail and Facebook this morning.

BBC
BBC

Southern rail running a limited service until 18.30 BST

Southern rail urges passengers to plan ahead as the 24-hour strike by rail conductors over a change in their role enters its second day.

Due to RMT strike some routes have a limited service running between 07:30 and 18:30. Please plan ahead ojp.nationalrail.co.uk

BBC South East rail strike updates on Wednesday 27th April

Claire Cottingham

Good morning, it's a crisp but beautiful day across the South East.

We'll be here with all the latest updates as the rail strike continues to affect people's journeys.

Get in touch using #southernstrike on Twitter, you can email us or leave us a comment on our Facebook page.