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'People are hitchhiking' - commuters search for alternatives or stay at home on second day of strikes

Today was, of course, day two of Southern Rail's week-long strike with commuters across our region, once again, the hardest hit.

Throughout the day both sides of the dispute - the RMT union and rail operators Govia Thameslink - urged each other to return to the negotiating table.

But while all that was going on thousands of passengers stayed at home, and thousands more had to suffer a timetable running at just 60%.

Andy Dickenson followed passenger Jo Tuck on her way to London and we also hear from Cllr Jeannette Towey of Wealden District Council.

BA offers flexibility after attack in France

Passengers will be able to fly on a different date or to a different destination. Credit: PA

British Airways has pledged to do everything it can to help concerned passengers due to travel to or from Nice following the deadly attack in city.

The airline said people due to fly in the next few days will be able to fly on a different date or to a different destination.

The airline said: "Following the tragic events in Nice we are contacting customers to give our support and offer to change their flight if they wish.

"We'd encourage customers in Nice to get in touch with us if they want to make a change to their booking and we will do everything we can to help. Our deepest sympathies are with the loved ones of the victims."


No post for residents after lift breaks down

They used to brave steep hills on their bikes, battle through torrential rain and out-run barking dogs - all to deliver us our post. But are a few flights of stairs too much for the modern postie?

Well, yes, say a group of angry residents from a block of flats in Bournemouth. Their post stopped after their lift went out of action. Martin Dowse reports.


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