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Thomas Cook pilots plan three more strikes in Autumn

Pilots are set to walk out on three dates in September and October. Credit: PA

Thomas Cook pilots will stage three more strikes this Autumn if talks at the conciliation service Acas do not resolve a pay dispute, their union has announced.

They will stage walkouts on September 23 and 29 and October 6 unless there is a breakthrough in talks, the British Airline Pilots' Association (Balpa) said.

Pilots at the travel company are currently on a 12-hour strike which started at 3am on Friday.

Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton said they will "focus on trying to make progress" and urged Thomas Cook to make an "acceptable offer" so they can call of the action.

A spokesman for Thomas Cook said they had offered a "fair" pay deal.

Official opening of Bracknell's massive new shopping centre

The wait is finally over. Bracknell's new £240 million shopping centre has been officially opened.

It's been one of the biggest regeneration projects the Thames Valley has seen for a very long time - and has been 30 years in the making.

The Lexicon has created 3,500 new jobs. And, by the end of this year - it's hoped there'll be many more shoppers choosing the town. Mel Bloor reports.

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The Last Word, September 2017

Is Brexit on track, or is it going wrong? And public sector workers ... should they get the pay rise they're after? To debate this - and the leadership of their parties:

  • Anneliese Dodds, Labour MP for Oxford East
  • Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West & Abingdon
  • Henry Bolton, the UKIP leadership candidate from Kent, and
  • Bob Seely, the Isle of Wight's Conservative MP

Bracknell's new £240m Lexicon shopping area opens today

Construction work has been taking place over two years Credit: ITV

One of the largest urban regeneration schemes constructed in the UK - officially opens today in Bracknell.

The new town centre has been transformed over two years - costing £240m.

It includes a new, state of the art, shopping centre - Lexicon - which has created hundreds of jobs and features seventy shops and restaurants.

Millionaire transforms TV's "Darling Buds" farm into 'perfick' wedding venue

Among the many millions of viewers who watched ITV series The Darling Buds of May - set on a Kent farm in the 1950s - was a young businessman who went on to make a fortune from internet marketing. And when Simon Coulson saw that the farm - in Bethersden near Ashford - was up for sale he decided to buy a piece of TV history. His efforts have been so successful, as Pop Larkin might have said, it calls for a cocktail. John Ryall's been to take a look.

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£500m regeneration plan for Hastings to be unveiled

Credit: ITV Meridian

A £500 million regeneration plan for Hastings seafront will be unveiled today.

The Hastings Harbour Quarter project will transform the town while preserving and enhancing the town's maritime heritage.

It will also create jobs, extra parking and a working marina for up to 600 vessels.

The project aims to 1,300 homes including those for harbour workers.

A public consultation will be held about the size, location and access arrangements.

Credit: ITV Meridian

This is truly a transformational potential development for the people of Hastings. The intention is to construct a 'halo' development as an exemplar for seaside towns and communities. We believe that this development will provide many much-needed jobs and continue the regeneration of Hastings which has seen tremendous improvements in the last few years."

– Andrew Doyle, Director, Hastings Harbour Quarter

House prices fall in commuter towns

House prices are falling in the region Credit: PA

The price of homes in some of the South's commuter towns has fallen in the last six months.

A new survey of the top 10 areas where there's been a fall featured Winchester, Woking, Basingstoke and Reading.

The Berkshire town has reportedly seen almost half of property sales reduced.

More misery for rail passengers after long weekend

Overrunning engineering works at London Waterloo meant fresh misery for passengers from the South returning to work after the long weekend.

On the day the station was due to re-open, around half of train services at our key commuter routes were cancelled due to a problem with the signalling system.

It meant more frustration for commuters who have had a month of severely reduced and slower services. Our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse reports.

Major disruption at Waterloo as upgrade works overrun

According to South Western Railway there is expected to be major disruption at London Waterloo station until at least 12 midday after engineering works on a large-scale upgrade of the station overran.

Passengers are advised to check before travelling. In a statement issued by Network Rail earlier this morning, it was said that only early passenger trains would experience delays.

"The upgrades taking place at Waterloo station are some of the biggest and most complex engineering projects ever undertaken on the railway.

"We are entering the final stages of that programme and are preparing the railway and station for trains and passengers.

"During the process of testing the complex signalling, we identified an issue in this safety critical system, which we are working to resolve. This will take some time to fix and a small number of early passenger trains may be delayed as a result.

"We are working hard to minimise delays to passengers, but safety is our number one priority."

– Network Rail spokesperson, update at 4am
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