Southern Rail and the ASLEF union have reached a deal to end a dispute over driver-only operated (DOO) trains, following two weeks of intensive talks. 

The agreement resolves the exiting dispute, subject to securing ASLEF members support, and no further planning of industrial action.

Around 930 ASLEF members on Southern Rail are set to vote in a referendum on whether or not to accept the agreement.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady and Abellio UK HR director Andy Meadows have together chaired the negotiations.

O’Grady and Meadows said in a joint statement: “The negotiators from both sides have worked hard and cooperatively to achieve this breakthrough.

“This long-running dispute has clearly been extraordinarily difficult for both staff and passengers, and we are glad that the parties have reached agreement on a way forward.”

"The negotiators from both sides have worked hard and cooperatively to achieve this breakthrough."

Together, Aslef and rail union RMT have been disputing with Southern over its proposals to introduce DOO trains, which led to repeated strikes.

ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan said: “I am pleased that we have finally been able to reach an agreement with the company, which reflects the concerns of train drivers.

“I believe this deal can deliver a safer and appropriately staffed railway for passengers on Southern rail and I will be recommending it to ASLEF members.”

Welcoming the agreement, a UK Department for Transport spokesperson said: “The DfT welcomes the news that an agreement has been reached between Aslef and Southern Rail.

“We are grateful to all parties for their efforts to find a positive way forward.”