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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Updates from Tuesday 9 August 2016

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Bob Dale

That's all for today's live coverage.

We’ll have updates for you tomorrow from 06:00 BST.

Remember to let us know what’s happening where you live by tweeting us, sending us a Facebook message or emailing us.  

RMT 'offended' by passenger ransom accusation

Bob Dale

The RMT union has been accused of holding passengers to ransom by the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling.

Speaking to South East Today, Paul Cox from the union said he was offended by the accusation.

The Government won't intervene in Southern rail strike

Lauren Moss

The Transport Secretary has dismissed calls for the government to get involved in the row between the RMT union and Southern rail. 

Despite the ongoing situation leaving thousands of people struggling to use the trains, he says he won't get involved. 

'There has to be a case for intervention'

Bob Dale

A Sussex business leader has called for direct intervention by the government to end the #Southernstrike, during an interview with BBC Sussex.

Transport Secretary: 'Unions standing in the way of modernisation'

The Secretary of State for Transport has given his first interview since being appointed.

Last month Chris Grayling said dealing with the ongoing dispute between Southern rail and the RMT Union would be one of his top priorities.

Two days into this five day strike we asked him what he would be doing to try and end the action. 

Transport secretary: "Absolutely no excuse" for strikes

A statement has just been released by the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, condemning the #Southernstrike

There is absolutely no excuse for the RMT strikes which are designed to stop essential improvements of passengers’ journeys. Passengers on Southern rail services are being made to suffer unnecessary inconvenience and disruption to their journeys because of the actions of RMT who are holding them to ransom. It has to stop. The union should accept the generous offer being made to them by the train operator and get their members back to work."

Chris GraylingTransport Secretary
Transport secretary Chris Grayling
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Extra parking spaces for Airbourne

Bob Dale

With one of the South East's biggest air shows due to start in Eastbourne on Thursday, contingency plans are being made to minimise the effect of the Southern strike.

Future on the line in Southern rail dispute

Lauren Moss

At a time when the driverless car is said to be just around the corner, the rail dispute that has brought five days of strike action to Southern trains seems to belong to another age. 

Our reporter Robert Plummer looks at the past, present and future of Southern rail.

Man by train

Tuesday's weather

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

After a bright morning the sunshine is expected to continue this afternoon but there is a risk of the odd shower.

Rail proposals would give 'better customer service'

As the strike on Southern rail services continues into its second day, bosses at Govia Thameslink - which runs the franchise - insist its proposals are safe and would create a better customer service. 

I'm off for the afternoon

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

But Lauren Moss will take you through the latest on the Southern strike until 22:00 BST. 

Don't forget to keep in touch with the latest on your journey - you can tweet us using #SouthernStrikeemail us or send us a message on Facebook.   

Have a good afternoon.

Mixed reactions on the second day of strike action

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

As the misery continues for Southern rail passengers on day two of the proposed five-day strike, you've had your say on twitter using the #southernstrike hashtag. 

Yes there is disruption, But I'm pleased to support the striking workers 👍👍👍 #southernstrike

My bro has just jumped out of a plane in Australia. What have I done? Tackled the #southernstrike to London. Now which of us is braver?! 😜

Every day, for the next 2 weeks, I will tweet "shame on you" to @southernrail every day. #southernstrike #GTR #thameslink #southernrail

The history of 'Southern Fail'

The BBC's Newsbeat has taken a look at Southern's history of saying sorry for delays and cancellations. Have a read here.  

Newsbeat screen grab

GTR offers talks to end five-day strike

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Rail firm Govia Thameslink (GTR) has invited the RMT union to talks "any time, any place, anywhere" to end a five-day conductors' strike.

Southern passengers are enduring a second day of disruption with 946 services cancelled. GTR called on the RMT to end "this pointless, needless and senseless" action.

The union claimed negotiators were "within an inch" of a deal but it was blocked by the government. Read more on the story here.

RMT poster

Crispin Blunt MP: 'I condemn the RMT's reckless strike'

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Crispin Blunt, who is the MP for Reigate and the chairman of the foreign affairs select committee, has expressed his thoughts on the five-day #SouthernStrike

View more on twitter

Which routes have been affected by the strike?

Services at many train stations across the South East are cancelled again today or have a limited service running through them.   

Southern: 'RMT union is hell bent on disrupting passengers’ lives'

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

As the second day of strikes sweep across the south of England, Southern rail says its continuing to run a successful service, with "nine out of ten trains" reaching their destinations on time.

While the RMT union is hell bent on disrupting our passengers’ lives with this needless strike, we continue to provide the best possible service we can in the circumstances. We urge them to call off this wretched strike and sit down and talk with us to end this dispute.”

Alex FouldsSouthern’s passenger services director

Frustrated passengers at Three Bridges

Lauren Moss

These commuters we've spoken to say despite the strike the delays haven't been as bad today as usual.

Today's front pages

The London Evening Standard splashes on the Southern strike costing London £100m. Take a look at their website here.

Evening Standard
Evening Standard

Southern strike: 'Considered quitting my job'

Lauren Moss

As day two of the five day strike on Southern rail continues one commuter has told us the ongoing difficulties has left her thinking she may quit her job.

Govia Thameslink offer 'any time, any place, anywhere' talks to RMT union

Lauren Moss

Managers at Govia Thameslink, which runs Southern, has asked for fresh talks to the striking RMT Union. 

They've written an eight point letter to Mick Cash, the RMT General Secretary, which was tabled during talks with ACAS last week.

This comprehensive and incredibly fair offer is on top of existing commitments made on no compulsory redundancies, no reduction in salary, a guaranteed above-inflation pay-rise for 2 years, additional salary paid to staff working voluntary overtime and no compulsory location moves. I urge the RMT to come back to the table to talk, have constructive and productive discussions on the way forward and shake hands on a deal.

Charles HortonGTR Chief Executive
Charles Horton

My experience of being a commuter on strike day

Jack Fiehn

BBC Surrey political reporter

I took a train journey from Salfords to London Bridge to see what it's like for commuters.

View more on twitter

'There should be a petition to nationalise all rail services coming from south'

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Keep your tweets coming in using the #SouthernStrike hashtag this morning. 

Thanks @SouthernRailUK for another quality morning of delays &armpits in my face #GOLDMEDAL for worst service #YouHadOneJob #southernstrike

Gosh, British train passengers are so polite when describing how MUCH they've been INCONVENIENCED by #SouthernStrike

There should be a petition to nationalise all rail services coming from south. Appalling service. #thameslink #southernstrike #southeastern

Southern strike: 'I couldn't believe it'

Lauren Moss

As the RMT strike on Southern rail enters day two, this commuter has told us he feels let down by both sides. 

My journey to London

Jack Fiehn

Political Reporter for BBC Surrey

This is scene at #Redhill station as we wait for delayed train to London #SouthernStrike.

Redhill station
Redhill station
Redhill station

Southern rail says strike action is 'completely unfair'

Lauren Moss

Bosses at Govia Thameslink, which runs Southern rail, have defended the proposed changes which the RMT Union is striking over. 

Angie Doll said the action was "totally disproportionate".

'There are NO trains'

Claire Cottingham

More frustration coming from commuters this morning - are you being affected? Tweet us now using the hashtag #Southernstrike

And so begins a week of public transport hell #southernstrike #southernfail 🚫🚉

@SouthernRailUK how do you suggest I get to three bridges? There are NO TRAINS! #southernfail #SouthernStrike

@SouthernRailUK how do you suggest I get to three bridges? There are NO TRAINS! #southernfail #SouthernStrike

Commuter left his job because of unreliable trains

Matt Steel used to commute from Horsham to London every day. 

He kept a travel journal and logged delays of more than 40 hours within just six months.

Last month he decided to find a job closer to home so he could spent more time with his children. We caught up with him to find out how it's going. 

'The service is usually bad, but this is worse'

Claire Cottingham

It's day two of the #SouthernStrike with thousands of commuters affected. We spoke to some of them at Three Bridges this morning.

Today's front pages

Claire Cottingham

The Brighton Argus has focused on business fears over the #SouthernStrike and reported that Brighton and Hove Albion will lose £300,000 due to the action.

Take a look at the online version of the story here

Brighton Argus front page
The Argus

Frustrated passengers: 'Run into station and train is cancelled'

Lauren Moss

Commuters are facing another day of strike action on Southern rail. 

Some have told us they blame both sides for failing to reach an agreement while another says the government should step in. 

'Services will be busy'

Amanda Akass

BBC South East reporter

It's day two of the longest rail strike in 25 years and this morning I'm at Three Bridges with the latest on the #southernstrike

The history of 'Southern Fail'

The BBC's Newsbeat has taken a look at Southern's history of saying sorry for delays and cancellations. Have a read here.

Newsbeat screenshot

Routes affected by strike

Services at many train stations across the South East are cancelled again today or have a limited service running through them. 

Day One: A recap

Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers across the South East were disrupted on day one of the five day #Southernstrike. Here's a reminder of what's happened so far:

Good morning from the BBC Live team

Claire Cottingham

We're here keeping an eye on the Southern strike, which has affected thousands of commuters in the south of England.

Yesterday was the first day, with the strike by the RMT union expected to continue through to Friday. 

We'll be keeping you posted until 22:00 BST, but please keep us up to date with your pictures and videos by tweeting us using #Southernstrikeemailing us or sending us a message on Facebook.