London Commuters Face Nightmare as Strike Brings Worst Rail Disruption for Decades

(Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of London commuters faced travel misery on Tuesday as a strike by train drivers bought services from southern England and Gatwick Airport to a standstill in the worst rail disruption in Britain for two decades.

Drivers working for Southern Rail, which runs trains from central London to Gatwick and Brighton on the south coast, began a 48-hours stoppage over a long-running dispute about whose job it should be to open and close the train doors.

Southern, run by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), a joint venture owned by London-listed Go-Ahead and France’s Keolis and Britain’s largest train operator, said none of its 2,284 services would run as a result of the action.

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