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Scheme could reduce rail delays

For rail passengers delays top the list of passenger complaints but now a new scheme could help reduce the chaos they cause.

A new alliance between South West Trains and Network Rail is paying for extra transport police officers to drive emergency engineers to the scene of incidents with blue lights flashing.

The aim is if the engineers get there faster delays and frustration for passengers will be cut.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse was given exclusive access to join the new squads on patrol.

M3 Chaos: Motorists misery

Drivers are facing a second day of chaos on the M3. This time a faulty set of traffic lights are being blamed for a seven mile jam. The problem is at Junction three with traffic almost back to the M25.

It is reported the lights coming of the motorways are only green for three seconds allowing hardly any cars to leave.Yesterday the motorway was closed near Basingstoke following a serious incident involving a bus.

Air traffic manage backlog of flights

NATS air traffic controllers are working with airlines toclear the backlog of flights following runway closures at Heathrow today.

Controllers at Heathrow airport, as well as airports in the South East, are working out which flights are most important to help contain the situation.

Both runways were closed at Heathrow this morningafter a BA flight to Oslo had engine problems and returned to the airport.

We have well-rehearsed plans and processes in place forhandling an incident like this but nevertheless it has been extremely busy forour controllers in Swanwick and at a lot of our airport operations.

– NATS Managing Director Martin Rolfe

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Flooding hits A27

There were long queues on the A27 at Lancing in Sussex today, with the dual carriageway reduced to one lane eastbound. Homes in nearby Manor Way were abandoned. Many gardens have been under several inches of water over the Christmas period.

Emergency pumping work has been going on to try to tackle what residents say is an ongoing problem.

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