The deputy chief operating officer of Southern Trains insisted his company are doing everything possible to resolve the current industrial dispute during a testy interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer this morning.
Alex Foulds spoke to talkRADIO as a fresh three-day strike began on the Southern network, bringing further misery to commuters who have been blighted by delays and disruption throughout 2016. Over 1,000 trains have been cancelled in the current round of strikes, and the crisis has even prompted a debate in Parliament.
When Julia suggested that the current situation is "abysmal" Foulds didn't disagree, although he insisted that Southern is attempting to resolve the deadlock with the unions. Foulds claimed Southern has presented a compromise solution to the RMT regarding the changing role of commuters, the crux of the current dispute, but this has been rejected by the union.
When Julia put it to Foulds that Southern has not done anything to resolve its problems, Foulds claimed the company's service has actually improved over the past five years - while insisting there's "no point in people blaming each other" for the present crisis.
Foulds spoke to Julia in place of Mick Cash, the boss of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union which is one of the bodies behind the wave of strikes. Cash had initially been scheduled to appear but subsequently pulled out.
Listen to the interview above