The RMT union has confirmed further talks will be held with Southern Rail later this month.

It’s part of a dispute over the role of guards and safety on trains that has gone on for nearly a year.

Talks will be taking place on April 24 and 25.

Mick Cash, RMT general secretary said:

“The union welcomes the opportunity to engage with Southern Rail in further talks.

“We would prefer the process to get underway sooner if that was possible.

“We expect there to be no efforts to undermine these important talks from other parties and that they will be allowed to take place free from external interference.”

It follows recent strike action by the union which took place on Saturday (April, 8).

More Radio has approached Southern for comment.