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WiFi arrives on platform one with South West Train's services

Thousands of passengers travelling with South West Trains on services from the south coast to and from London, can now use free on-train WiFi on some of the rail operator's busiest routes.

The South West Trains' Main Line route is one of the busiest and most heavily used stretches of track in the country, with more than 30,000 people travelling along the line every weekday.

Arthur Pretorius, Customer Services Director for the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance, said: "Whether it's working, catching up with the latest news or keeping in touch with friends, free WiFi on many of our Main Line trains will help our passengers to make more use of the time they spend on board our services.

The WiFi services will run on the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance Class 444 'Desiro' fleet of trains. The coaches are predominantly white in colour and those with WiFi available will be clearly labelled on board.


First photos: A new iPhone and an Apple watch

Apple has introduced a new bigger iPhone for the first time, called the iPhone 6 Plus. Read more about it on the ITV News website here.

At an event in California, CEO Tim Cook said: "Today we're launching the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone."

The new iPhone 6 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch screen, compared to the four-inch screen of the current generation iPhone 5s.

Apple also introduced the iPhone 6, which is also larger, now coming with a 4.7-inch screen. Both devices also have what Apple call "ion-strengthened glass" screens.

The larger of the two new devices, the 6 Plus, also allows for apps such as Messages and Mail to be displayed in landscape orientation for the first time.

The firm also confirmed a new processor chip, the A8, which will be used to power new apps and games, with partnerships with game studios including Disney and EA also confirmed on stage by Apple's Phil Schiller.

The Cupertino-based technology giant had been expected to announce two new iPhones, with speculation and alleged leaks appearing online over the last few weeks.

Fears over merger of coastguard stations

Loss of local knowledge? Credit: Meridian

Critics of the controversial merger of the coastguard stations covering the Dorset and Hampshire coasts say it could lead to a loss of vital local knowledge. Staff from Portland and Lee-on-Solent will now work at a new centre at Fareham. But the coastguard says its ability to respond to emergencies won't be affected. The Royal Yachting Association says it is been assured seach and rescue operations won't suffer.


Major new centre for Rolls Royce in Sussex

Artist's impression of the new complex Credit: Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce announced today that a new Technology and Logistics Centre will be built at Bognor Regis, close to the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, West Sussex - employing 200 people.

The centre will consolidate a number of current logistics functions and allow for future expansion.

The Technology and Logistics Centre will be located on the Oldlands Farm Business Park on the northern edge of Bognor Regis, eight miles from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

The Centre will be ideally situated to take advantage of the forthcoming Bognor Regis Northern Relief Road, due to open in 2015.

Around 200 people will be employed at the centre, with a number of new roles created in addition to those transferred from existing logistics functions. The Technology and Logistics Centre is planned to be fully operational in early 2016.

First pictures of new trains for region's railways

One of the new trains from Siemens Credit: Siemens

The new second generation Desiro City trains, being provided by Siemens for South West Trains, are similar in style to the Class 700 units being produced for the Thameslink route. They will be used to operate ten carriage trains on the busy Waterloo to Windsor services, allowing a cascade of trains across the network to ultimately deliver significant extra capacity on other key routes into London Waterloo. Longer trains will run from Staines through to Bracknell, Ascot and Reading and on a number of mainline services from Basingstoke to London Waterloo.

South West Trains orders 150 new carriages

More carriages for commuters Credit: Meridian

Plans for a £210m fleet of new trains to benefit passengers on the UK’s busiest commuter rail franchise moved forward today. South West Trains announced its intention to award the contract to manufacturer Siemens and leasing company Angel Trains.

The 30 new five-carriage Desiro City trains will boost capacity on services at South West Trains, providing for more than 18,000 extra peak-time passengers every day travelling into London Waterloo, the country’s busiest station. The train order will also allow for a further 6,000 daily peak-time passengers once infrastructure upgrades are completed on the mainline and Hounslow loop.

The first of the 150 new carriages will begin arriving in 2017 and all will be in service by early 2018.

Around 140 new jobs will also be created as a result of the new trains order. New employment opportunities will be available for engineers, drivers, guards and maintenance staff in a further boost for the rail sector.

Behind the scenes at region's newest TV station

In just over a week's time, Brighton and Hove will have its very own TV channel.

'Latest TV' will be the first of the new local television stations to start broadcasting in our region. Further stations are planned for Oxford, Reading, Salisbury, Southampton and Basingstoke.

The Government say it's a revolution in the way people get local news. But what can viewers expect? Andy Dickenson has been taking a look around the studios and spoke to Chief Executive Bill Smith and Head of News Tim Ridgway.

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