A high-speed Javelin train travelled along the East Sussex coast for the first time today - in what's being billed as a 'transformational' moment for transport and regeneration.
The arrival of the train was a PR stunt. But the Government - and Network Rail - say it underlines an 'absolute commitment' to extending HS1 from Ashford in Kent to Hastings, Eastbourne and Bexhill. Derek Johnson reports.
Swanage Railway volunteers and staff are celebrating after their heritage line carried a record-breaking 216,267 passengers during 2014 - that's more than the combined populations of Bournemouth, Wimborne and Bridport.
And there is further cause for celebration because festive 'Santa Special' steam trains carried a record-breaking 9,205 passengers.
There is some disruption on South West Trains this morning between London Waterloo and Clapham Junction due to emergency engineering works at Queenstown Road.
Some lines are blocked and trains may be cancelled, delayed or revised at short notice. Disruption is expected to continue until around midday.
Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers are being warned to expect major disruption over the Christmas holiday with a record amount of engineering work scheduled to take place across the region. Our transport correspondent, Mike Pearse, has the details.
Signalling problems at Farnborough Main are causing delays of up to 50 minutes between Woking and Basingstoke.
Disruption is expected to continue until 15:00.
Passengers diverted from southampton are crammed on a platform at Basingstoke waiting for a delayed train to Waterloo.
South West Trains said cancellations and short notice alterations should be expected for some time.
Train services running through Southampton station may be cancelled, delayed by up to 60 mins or revised at short notice. Disruption is expected until 4:00pm.
Signalling problems at Farnborough Main are causing delays of up to 35 minutes between Woking and Basingstoke.
Replacement Transport has been arranged and will operate between Fareham and Southampton Central and Eastleigh and Southampton Central.
Mutual ticket acceptance has been agreed between South West Trains, Southern, CrossCountry & First Great Western in the area. Customers may use any operators services to complete their journey.
Southampton passengers who were told to take the diesel CrossCountry service are now stranded at Basingstoke due to signalling problems.
Train services running through Basingstoke can expect delays at short notice. There is currently no estimate for when services will resume as normal.
There are delays to South West Train services at Farnborough Main due to signalling problems. Basingstoke bound lines at Farnborough are currently blocked.
Train services running through this station may be delayed at short notice. There is currently no estimate for when services will resume as normal.
Engineers are investigating the problems.
Mutual ticket acceptance has been agreed between South West Trains, Southern, CrossCountry & First Great Western due to disruptions and delays on train services running through Southampton.
Customers may use any operators services to complete their journey.