It’s one of the busiest days of travel of the year between London and Brighton – and now it’s been hit by a battle between train operators and the rail union.
Brighton Pride tomorrow (6 August) is sure to see huge numbers travel from the capital to the seaside city on the south coast.
Southern Trains, which runs services from London Victoria to Brighton, has said crew shortages will likely lead to cancellations and fewer trains running.
Those which run will probably be crowded.
This they blame on the ‘misery’ caused by Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT).
The RMT’s general secretary, Mick Cash, says no industrial action is take place over the weekend due to the union’s desire to ‘fully support’ Brighton Pride.
He told Attitude: ‘If Southern are advising the public not to travel by train because they cannot provide a service that meets passengers’ expectations, please know it is due to Southern’s incompetence and poor management and has nothing to do with the RMT.
‘It really is simply wrong for Southern to put people off from attending Brighton Pride by train and blame their staff for an inadequate service.’
A Southern Trains spokesperson told GSN it wasn’t that simple.
Many of their trains can only run with a conductor on board as the doors can’t be controlled by the driver.
And they expect a lot of their conductors to be ‘off sick’ tomorrow.
‘The unusually high level of conductor sickness began with the start of the dispute and continues as it goes on,’ the spokesperson told GSN.
They advise people to seek alternative routes.
And this, says Brighton Pride, is the best bet to beat the misery.
The Thameslink train service also runs from London Blackfriars and London St Pancrass stations.
There are also National Express coaches running from London Victoria Coach Station.
Other tips include leaving plenty of time for your journey and buying train tickets this evening, to avoid queues in the morning.