>> It's Britain's worst rail dispute in decades, and it left hundreds of thousands of London commuters with no service at all. Drivers working for Southern Rail began a two-day strike on Tuesday over whose job it was to close the train doors. That issue has already caused 25 days of strike action on Southern Rail, which connects London and Gatwick Airport with the south coast.
But this one comes the day after industrial action brought the London Underground to a standstill, causing gridlock. Reuters' Michael Holden says on top of the strikes, staff shortages mean delays on Southern Rail have been the norm for months.>> Some people say they've given up their jobs because they just can't deal with the stress and problems it caused.
Other people say they've moved house or they're looking to move house because they can't bear to travel to work on the southern route. It has caused a lot of misery for people.>> The dispute began last April over plans to use more driver-only operated trains, reducing the safety role played by the conductor.
Unions say passenger safety is at stake. Each strike causes hundreds of millions of pounds worth of damage to the economy, and other regions could soon be in the firing line. There's now talk that this dispute that is centered on who has responsibility for shutting the doors on the trains.
But that is going to be replicated across the country by other rail operators in northern and central England. And so we could see a similar sort of thing going on in cities across the country and throughout this year.>> This is the longest running dispute since the UK rail industry was privatized in the mid 1990s.
There is little sign it will be settled soon.