The beleaguered Mr Horton shot off an email to his customers.
Now comes the "thin end of the wedge!" argument. IF the guard doesn't have to operate the doors, then a train can "safely" run without one. So the next stage IS Driver Only Operation.
Maybe the Union is right. Maybe the paymasters and policy pushers are, indeed, the DaFT. Southern is run on a "management contract" whereby they run the trains for a fixed fee and the Treasury keeps the fares revenue. So the Company might not lose a penny if there is a strike; in which case why not force the issue.
Only the passengers suffer a bit. Ha Ha!
But it never rains but it pours (literally). The Company struggled through the strike on 21st with major service changes, (click on the map extracts to enlarge then)
Inner suburban routes ran normally (GREEN lines) ...
RED lines, no Southern trains ran.
But last week, after struggling through Tuesday 21st, poor Mt Horton and his chums were dealt another blow on Wednesday and Thursday.