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  1. Phil Hornby

The Last Word, January 2017

Clean. Soft. Hard. Red, white and blue. We're getting a better idea of what sort of Brexit we're heading to.
And we may be getting an idea of what destination the long-running Southern Trains dispute is heading to, as well. And Donald Trump - does he know where he's heading? The Dorchester ... in Southampton?

To discuss all this -

  • Conservative Ed Vaizey MP, from Wantage in Oxfordshire;
  • Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb in Brighton from the Greens;
  • Peter Kyle, Labour MP for Hove in Sussex

join Phil Hornby, our Political Correspondent

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Angry train passengers take petition to Westminster

Angry rail passengers from Sussex went to the Department for Transport today to demand an end to the misery caused by the long running dispute at Southern.

They​'re angry many services at Seaford have been replaced with buses and say the move is having a major impact.

Here's our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse.

Rail union boss explains latest strike decision

Steve Hedley, RMT's Senior Assistant General Secretary, talks to our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse, about the forthcoming Southern Rail strikes.

"Unnecessary, unjustified and futile." Southern Rail slams decision to strike

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Southern Rail say they are "appalled" by the RMT union members' decision to strike. Here is their full statement:

Passengers and staff will once again be appalled by the RMT’s decision to hold yet another strike. We are moving forward with our plans for the benefit of customers after nine months of fruitless attempts to reach an agreement.

This action is unnecessary, unjustified and futile – we have guaranteed all our onboard staff a job until the end of the franchise, as valued members of our future operation, with no reduction in salary.

And claims that safety is at risk are just untrue. The independent rail safety body has said so, and nearly half our trains run without conductors already.

– Alex Foulds, Southern Passenger Service Director

BREAKING: Southern Rail staff announce new 48-hour strike

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Rail passengers will face more travel chaos as Southern Railway announce a new 48-hour strike.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union say its members will walk out on 7th and 8th September. It's over the long-running row over the role of guards on trains, changes which were imposed from Sunday.

The strikes will come on top of months of disruption to Southern's services because of industrial action and staff shortages.

Passengers have staged demonstrations to protest the level of services.

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  1. Tom Savvides

Train services back on track after major railway repairs

The railway line between Dover and Folkestone, which was badly damaged by storms, is to re-open three months ahead of schedule. It was closed on Christmas Eve after part of the sea wall collapsed, making the track unstable. It has caused travel problems for thousands of commuters but train services will start running again next month. Tom Savvides talks to the chief executive of Network Rail, Mark Carne. This report also includes interviews with Richard Dean of Southeastern and the MP Charlie Elphicke.

Disabled could be 'hardest hit' by Southern Rail changes - full report

Fresh talks are underway between Southern Rail and union leaders to try to resolve the ongoing dispute over the role of the guard.

The two sides have been meeting at the conciliation service ACAS. This week's 5-day strike has been called off but that hasn't stopped further cancellations today - although things should improve by tomorrow.

But campaigners claim the real victims of any changes will be wheelchair users who could be forced to book their travel 24-hours in advance.

Andy Dickenson investigates and speaks to rail users Esther Fox and Sam Taylor.

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