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Will rail jobs be lost?

Are jobs at risk? Credit: ITV

More trains, better punctuality and improved stations - those are just some of the promises made by the company operating new rail services in the south east.

First Capital Connect, Southern, Gatwick Express and Great Northern will now be run by one firm after it was awarded a seven year franchise. But union leaders claim hundreds of jobs could be lost because of cost-cutting.

Francis Benali describes his 1,000 miles of torture...

Saints legend Francis Benali - who made more than 300 appearances for Southampton Football Club - returned to St Mary's this weekend, at the end of his marathon charity event. His aim - to raise money for Cancer Research - by visiting all 20 Premier League Grounds. He joined Fred and Sangeeta in the studio along with sports therapist Kelly Rutledge

Binmen strike and will now 'work to rule'

Bins have been left uncollected and rubbish has been piling up on the streets of Brighton and Hove once again today as refuse workers walked out on strike.

The 24-hour industrial action is the latest in the long-running dispute between union members and the council over pay.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Mark Turner of the GMB Union, Cllr Jason Kitcat, Leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, refuse driver Paul Weston and Cllr Geoffrey Theobald.


Fundraising campaign underway to save costume collection

An historic costume collection which has been a vital resource for local theatre groups is facing the final curtain. 88 year old Alex Graham has looked after a vast array of theatre costumes for more than half a century.

But her life's work is in jeopardy because of rent owed to the Oxfordshire warehouse where the clothes are stored. Asana Greenstreet reports on the latest act in this 'costume drama'.

Are commuters receiving internet signals on the trains?

For thousands of commuters it was the chance to catch up on some work before arriving in the office! So - did they do it?

South West Trains introduced WiFi on the network on the longer distance services today. But the reception was intermittent.

The new technology is available through Hampshire, Surrey and Dorset - and will spread elsewhere later. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse put it to the test with passengers from Basingstoke.

Temperatures across the south set to soar this week

Temperatures set to soar across the south Credit: PA

After a disappointingly cool and wet August, warm weather coming northwards from the Mediterranean is set to send temperatures rocketing over the coming week.

Forecasters predict sunshine will bathe large parts of the UK over the next few days, with temperatures in the South reaching 25C (77F) or even 26C (78.8F).

This is considerably warmer than the mid-September average of around 17C (62.6F), the Met Office said.

The unusual warmth is down to an area of high pressure over the UK moving slowly towards Scandinavia throughout the week, bringing low pressure towards southern parts of Britain.

While this will bring some heavy showers - along with cloud from the North Sea that will keep some eastern parts cooler - the low pressure will also drag in warm winds from the Mediterranean Sea and France, leading to rising temperatures across parts of the country.

Mark Wilson, a meteorologist with the Met Office, said it would feel warmer with each day during the week but not everywhere would see sunshine.

He said: "In the far north east and in eastern Scotland in particular it is going to stay that bit cloudier and therefore be cooler.

"But elsewhere, the further west you go there is going to be more in the way of sunny spells, and day by day we are going to see a gradual increase in temperatures.<

"Today we are expecting highs of around 22C (71.6F) in the London area, but tomorrow we could be seeing 23C (73.4F).

"By Thursday, in the parts of the country that get the sunshine - the West and the South - we could be seeing 25C (77F) or even 26C (78.8F)."

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