Rail strikes off as South West Trains and Aslef settle differences

The strikes that would have crippled train services into Waterloo Station in London, due to take place this Friday and next Monday, have been called off.

Industrial action was halted after South West Trains (SWT) and train drivers union Aslef settled their differences earlier today.

During previous strikes last month SWT was only able to run 300 services out of a scheduled 1,700.

The dispute began over the use of taxis for some drivers based at Waterloo, but escalated after SWT used managers to drive trains during the dispute.

The decision comes after lengthy meetings between the rail company and the union.

An Aslef spokesman said: “We have resolved our differences and we look forward to better industrial relations in the future.”

SWT said: “We are delighted that we will be able to offer passengers a normal service.”

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