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Airports praised for not charging drop-off parking fees

Gatwick is one of the airports to be praised Credit: ITY

The South's two main airports - Gatwick and Heathrow - have been praised by industry experts for not charging drop-off parking fees. It comes as other major UK airports, such as Stansted, have been charging drivers £2.50 for a maximum of 10 minutes. Bob Atkinson from TravelSupermarket says he wants to see all airports adopt free five-minute parking.


Champagne corks popping over wine investment in Kent

It's being described as a 'game-changer' for wine production in the South East. A leading French champagne house is making a massive investment in Kent, where it's confident it can produce a world-class sparkling wine bearing its famous name.

Tattinger will create a 70-hectare vineyard at Chilham between Canterbury and Ashford - eventually producing 300,000 bottles a year.

Industry experts say the move, made possible by climate change, could establish Kent and Sussex as one of the world's premier wine producing regions.

The Tube has its busiest day - ever

The Tube has had its busiest day on record Credit: ITV

Figures released by Transport for London (TfL) show that October’s record for the number of customer journeys made on the Tube in one day has been broken again.

On Friday 4 December 2015, 4.821 million customers travelled on the Tube - making it the network’s busiest day ever.

That week was also the busiest in the Tube’s history with 28.76 million journeys, beating the previous record of 28.69 million journeys set in the week ending 31 October. In addition, 18 of the top 20 busiest days ever recorded on the Tube network are in 2015.

The daily and weekly records have been broken this year and TfL expects them to be broken again before the end of 2015. Overall, the number of customer journeys on the Tube has risen by a third since 2001, with the rate of growth increasing in the last five years.

KLM to begin flights from Southampton Airport

One of the world's biggest airlines has announced that, from next year, it will operate flights out of Southampton Airport.

Dutch airline KLM which is part of Air France will launch services from 2016 - a move that transport bosses say will streamline services from Southampton to destinations worldwide.

The announcement comes as the airport prepares to celebrate its 21st birthday. Richard Slee reports.

Brighton makes more money from parking than 'anywhere in UK other than London'

How much do you expect to pay for parking when you pop into town for your Christmas shopping? Well of course it can vary quite widely - but for years drivers in Brighton have felt particularly hard done by - and not without good reason.

Now, the city is once again topping the charts as the most expensive place to park outside London - more even than Manchester or Birmingham.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Steve Percy of the People's Parking Protest and Cllr Gill Mitchell of Brighton and Hove City Council.


Parking wardens set to strike for another weekend

Charles Harrity, GMB Union Credit: ITV News Meridian

Following their strike at the weekend, in a row over pay, parking wardens in Brighton and Hove plan to do so again this weekend.

GMB union members say they will continue the industrial action for two more weekends, the 11th, 12th,19th and 20th December.

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Parking wardens on strike

Parking wardens across Brighton and Hove have gone on strike. They've walked out in a dispute over pay and are taking action this weekend. The company responsible for parking enforcement in the city says it's bringing in staff from other areas to cover the shortfall. Tom Savvides has been speaking to Charles Harrity from the GMB Union.

Parking wardens take strike action over pay dispute

Parking wardens on strike in Sussex Credit: PA/PA Archive/PA Images

GMB members employed by private contractor NSL Ltd as parking enforcement officers for Brighton and Hove City Council gave notice of six days of strike action in December in a dispute over pay.

They say there has been no response from the employer when the unanimous vote for strike action was conveyed.

The six dates notified are 5th , 6th, 11th, 12th,19th and 20th December. More dates will follow after 26th December.

"We conveyed the unanimous vote for strike action to the employer last week from these lower paid parking attendants. We are surprised to have had no response or an offer of more talks.

We regret that this lack of any response leaves us with no alternative but to give notice of these six dates for strike action with more to follow until we get a decent offer for these members."

– Anne Chandler, GMB Regional Officer

Arriva bus drivers strike in Medway

Bus passengers in Medway have had to make their own way to school, work or the shops today, as more than two hundred Arriva drivers went on strike in a row over timetable changes. The company worked out the new timetable this summer, but forgot that it was the school holidays. When pupils returned to school, the traffic increased drastically and drivers couldn't keep up. Arriva bosses have apologised. But as Andrea Thomas reports, the unions are accusing them of sheer incompetence. She spoke to Dave Weeks from Unite the union and Simon Baxter from Arriva.

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