Passengers travelling into and out of London Victoria are set for further misery after Southern Rail drivers announced more strikes next month.
Train drivers union ASLEF (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen) announced on its website new strike dates will commence on December 13, 14 and 16 then again between January 9 and 14.
The walkouts, backed by 87% of ASLEF members, come in response to the introduction of driver-only trains.
Southern Rail services run in and out of Victoria .
Commenting on ASLEF's announcement Charles Horton, Govia Thameslink Railway's Chief Executive Officer, said: "Passengers will be rightly furious that these wholly unnecessary and unjustified strikes have been called in the run up to Christmas and in the New Year.
"The travelling public has endured months of misery and seen their work and family lives turned upside down by RMT's futile industrial action with conductors.
"Now ASLEF and the drivers want to compound that suffering by joining the fray in launching more pointless strikes.
"It’s perfectly safe for the driver to have sole responsibility for the operation of a modern train, and that's how a third of the trains up and down the country - with the full agreement and support of ASLEF - already operate today.
"These strikes will have a devastating impact on the South East economy and people's everyday lives which will bring Southern to a standstill.
"We urge the union to get round the table with us to continue our talks and resolve their dispute without causing further unnecessary grief to passengers.
"Passengers have made it crystal clear that they want an end to these strikes.
"Both the RMT and ASLEF should take stock and listen, if not to us, then at least to the travelling public. Let's end these strikes now without further suffering."
In a statement on its website, ASLEF said: "ASLEF members on Southern Railways have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a trade dispute over the company’s decision to force through driver only operation on the franchise.
"We say there should be no introduction and/or extension of new driver-only operated routes on Southern without the agreement of ASLEF."
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