Guards on Southern Rail trains are a safety net

Regarding the fact that there are no southern services, we only use the train a few times a year to travel from Barnham to London – returning of a Saturday evening.

I do feel that guards are most important and to me are the ‘safety barrier’ element of the travellers – checking people’s tickets and answering individual questions.

There can be some pretty awful characters on the train and if there is only the driver – driving – how on earth is he supposed to deal with troublemakers enroute – between stations?

God forbid that guards are taken away.

With buses it’s totally different. A driver can stop and call the police, but on a railway line – particularly a fast train travelling at speed – especially Horsham to Barnham non-stop – how on earth can a driver do anything left on his own?

Work colleagues have told me of horrendous stories travelling at night with drunk/dreadful passengers causing trouble on the trains. It’s no good!!

I’m sorry but I support this strike and we do need guards.

I do hope the government will back down and that we will get the proper rail services that we all deserve.

Helen Bailey

Arundel Road

Fontwell

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