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More goods should be sent by rail, says new research

New research says more goods should be sent by rail Credit: ITV

Sending more goods by trains instead of lorries could reduce traffic on some of the South's roads - according to new research.

The Campaign for Better Transport says taking 2,000 lorry loads a day to the railways could be the equivalent of taking 8,000 cars off the road in the UK.

One of the roads used in the research was the A34 which runs between Southampton and the Midlands.

The campaign is now calling on the Government to continue their investment in the rail freight network.

Southern passengers forced to move or give up jobs

Many passengers have been forced to move or give up jobs Credit: ITV

The strikes at Southern have led to the loss of around 30,000 passenger journeys a day, according to company figures published today.

Revenue is down by five per cent. Under the contract the Government takes any financial hit because it is a fixed management contract with the taxpayer seeing any profit or loss.

Many passengers have been forced to move or give up jobs because of a year of misery over the year-long dispute.

The latest trading statement from Go-Ahead, who own Southern, reveals that overall passenger numbers for its GTR franchise are down by 3.5 per cent.

The company figures are for all of its GTR brands - Southern, Gatwick Express and Great Northern - who carry 800,000 a day. It is thought the vast majority of losses are strike related.

Meanwhile the company say services are now improving and they continue to talk to the unions:


'It's completely unrecognisable'. Four years on what's become of the site of the Second Battle of Hastings?

They called it the 'second Battle of Hastings' - when environmental campaigners descended on a small corner of Sussex in a bid to stop a link road from being built.

For seven weeks the resulting protests caught national attention, but four years on what has been the fate of Combe Valley?

A year ago the road between Bexhill and Hastings was finally opened at a cost of some £127million but how has the landscape adapted as more developments are planned?

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to environmental campaigners Andrea Needham and Anthony Bradnum, as well as John Shaw, chief executive of Sea Change Sussex.

Major delays in and out of London Waterloo for passengers heading to the capital or the coast

Woking station was even more crowded than usual as delayed passengers boarded trains Credit: Amanda Compton News Agency

Tens of thousands of rail commuters from the South faced long delays and cancellations into London Waterloo this morning because of emergency engineering works on the main line into the capital.

Four platforms at London Waterloo station are closed and passengers may face until this afternoon.

A skeleton service is running from many stations with some services from Salisbury, Wilts and Southampton, Hants terminating at Basingstoke meaning passengers battled to fight a seat on other services. This is because Waterloo had to reduce the number of trains arriving from the south coast and station in-between.

The length of delays has varied and South West Trains say have averaged around half-an-hour. Passengers are advised to check before they travel.

Onboard the trains, many passengers had to stand all the way to the capital Credit: Amanda Compton News Agency

RMT on ASLEF's decision: It reflects the deep seated concern amongst drivers

Train drivers at Southern have again rejected a deal for a Driver Only Operation.

The RMT has released a statement following ASLEF members' decision.

This ballot was entirely a matter for ASLEF and its members. However, the result reflects the continuing and deep seated concern amongst drivers and the wider workforce over the extension of DOO and the safety impact on passenger services.

Southern Rail cannot jam their heads in the sand any longer. We are in talks with the company tomorrow and we now expect the fundamental issues at the heart of our guards' and drivers' disputes to be taken seriously.

There's an easy solution to this long running industrial dispute and Southern Rail need to join with the unions in reaching an agreement that protects passengers and which recognises the safety critical issues our members have been fighting for over the past year."

– Mick Cash, General Secretary, RMT


Deal rejected on Southern and more strikes can't be ruled out

Train drivers at Southern have again rejected a deal for a Driver Only Operation. It means more strikes can't be ruled out.

It is the second time the deal has been put to members in the year long dispute - and thrown out.

More strikes likely on Southern trains Credit: PA Images

Under the proposed agreement drivers would continue to close train doors and in some "extreme" situations would drive trains without a second member of staff on board.

This has long been the sticking point. The unions had insisted on a safety trained second member of staff on every train.

After weeks of talks ASLF, the drivers' union, hammered out a deal that would mean only in exceptional circumstances would a driver work a train alone.

There were promises to improve in-cab cameras used to monitor doors.

However this has again been rejected.

The other union involved, the RMT, which has staged 31 days of strikes continues to insist on a second member of staff on every train.

Bosses are due to meet Southern tomorrow for talks.They have a strike planned for Saturday.

However it is Aslef which causes the most disruption with most services cancelled if they strike. By using managers they can run 90% of trains during RMT action.

The dispute centres on a move by Southern to change the role of guards to On-Board Supervisors.

They no longer close doors but spend more time with passengers. The company says the move is safe and in use on forty per cent of trains. Managers promise no job or pay cuts. They say only is exceptional circumstances would a train run without an OBS but it would be a better alternative to cancelling a train.

The RMT says it is not safe and passengers are at risk. It insists there should be a safety critical second member of staff on every train.

Two sides of the Brexit coin - Brighton and Gravesend react to leaving the EU

In the South East the majority of our constituencies voted to leave the EU - in fact more than a million people voted leave - that's 55 per cent of the turnout.

The most pro Brexit place in our region was Gravesham - where 65% voted to leave.

The most pro remain group was Brighton and Hove where 69% wanted to stay.

We've been back to both places to see if people have changed their minds. Andy Dickenson and John Ryall report.

VIDEO REPORT: major improvements promised

South West Trains will be taken over by its rival operator First Group later this year.

It is the second largest franchise in the country with 650,000 passengers using it every day.

Chinese company MTR will provide a £1.2 billion pound investment to the franchise.

750 new carriages and faster journey times are promised.

It's hoped this means good news for passengers.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

Credit: PA

Mike spoke to Steve Montgomery from First Group, the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Anthony Smith from Transport Focus.

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