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Improved facilities for rail passengers from Reading

Major changes at Paddington Credit: Network Rail

Over the next 18 months Network Rail will be making significant changes to Paddington station to provide passengers with new and improved facilities and ultimately a better travelling experience. Large numbers of commuters travel there from Reading.

The Grade 1 listed structure is currently benefitting from a renovation of its roof and an upgrade to its lighting system above the platforms.

Now Network Rail is starting a major programme of work to significantly improve the appearance of the station as a whole and provide growing numbers of passengers – 61 million forecast for this year - with a wider range of places to eat, drink and shop.


MP calls for major changes on the railways

Caroline Lucas MP is supporting commuters Credit: Meridian

Passengers at Brighton railway station will be joined by a local MP on Monday. Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, says Britain’s railways should be returned to public hands.

She is taking part in a rally to oppose rises in fares - and drawing attention to the second reading of her Railways Bill on 9 January.

Caroline’s Bill calls for Britain’s rail franchises to be brought back into public ownership as they either fail or their contracts expire.

Rail commuters get free WiFi on mainline routes

Free WiFi goes live on South West Trains mainline routes Credit: PA

Thousands of passengers using South West Trains will now be able to use free WiFi on some of the busiest routes.

It's now available on the Main Line from London Waterloo to Weymouth and Portsmouth and could benefit more than thirty thousand people who travel along the line every weekday.

More disruption for rail commuters

Tens of thousands of rail passengers in the south east are facing a week of chaos with severe disruption to some of the busiest commuter routes from Sussex and Kent into London.

Half of the platforms at London Bridge are closed all week to allow for a key part of the £6.5 billion Thameslink project.

Well passengers told us today it meant journey times doubling from key commuting places like Brighton, Horsham and much of the south coast.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse has been speaking to them and was this afternoon given exclusive access to see the work.


Campaign for Kent rail commuters to get fairer deal

There are demands for a better deal for Kent rail commuters after it emerged they are paying 10% more than train passengers in other counties.

The leader of Kent County Council Paul Carter is calling on MPs to back a campaign for a "fairer deal for commuters".

He believes that commuters into London paid 10% above those from other counties, putting people off moving to East Kent regeneration areas.

The county council has called on the Government to ensure fairer prices, a move which has been backed by Canterbury MP Julian Brazier.

Tube strike causes delays for South's commuters

Train passengers from across the South East have been facing Credit: Joshua Coupe
London Waterloo was crammed full of delayed passengers Credit: Joshua Coupe
Tube strikes have meant major delays for the South's commuters Credit: Joshua Coupe
Tube strikes have caused problems for commuters Credit: Joshua Coupe
  1. National

PM: Unacceptable that millions are disrupted by strike

David Cameron described travel disruption caused by the Underground strike in the capital as "unacceptable" on Twitter.

  1. London

Thousands 'keeping London working' during strike

Thousands of staff and volunteers are working hard to keep the capital working during the "pointless" Tube strike, London Underground said.

TfL said the Victoria line was now running fully with the Central line running to Holborn and the Jubilee line running through from Wembley Park to Stratford.

London Underground managing director Mike Brown said:

Thousands of staff and volunteers are working hard this morning to keep London working and our customers informed in the face of this pointless strike.

More London Underground staff have come to work this morning than during the strike back in February, and a record number of London buses are operating.

A Transport for London spokesman said the RMT could not "claim a shut down in any sense of the word."

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