Rail fares go upon on Monday by just over 1%. It's the lowest increase for six years, with the price pegged to low inflation levels. But passenger groups have warned that more work is needed to achieve a 'truly affordable railway', with ticket prices 25% higher than in 2010.
Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers are facing severe disruption to services as the big shutdown of the region's railway continues: fewer trains, longer journeys and buses replacing rail. Key lines hit are to Gatwick and Brighton to London, services to London Bridge and the lines to Paddington from the Thames Valley. Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.
Southeastern is reminding passengers that all services will shut down early for Christmas Eve.
Train passengers heading back to their families should check journey times, as services shut down slightly earlier than normal.
Early peak time services will move to between 1 and 4pm.
After this there will be a limited service with the last train leaving Charing Cross at 7.45pm (to Hastings) and 7.50 from London Cannon Street (to Orpington).
The last high speed service will depart at 21:12(Margate) and the last Victoria service will depart at 20:55 (Orpington).
Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers in the South East are preparing to face 10 days of major disruption over the festive break because of engineering works.
The lines from Brighton and Kent to London will be the worst hit.
From late on Christmas Eve until the New Year the region's key lines to the capital will be closed when 20,000 engineers work to upgrade track and signals.
The biggest disruption will be on the line to London Bridge.
Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse has been to the station to see what work will be done and how the £6.5 billion upgrade of the station is progressing.
Passengers on the Chiltern line in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire have been getting into the festive spirit with thousands of mince pies being handed out by staff dressed as elves.
The company say it's to wish passengers a merry Christmas and bring a bit of festive cheer.
The company is the only one in the region to run services on Boxing Day and is not affected by engineering works that will hit Great Western, Southern and South West Trains.
Interview with Chad Collins Chiltern Railways
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Hundreds of thousands of train passengers who use Great Western are facing major disruption over Christmas with some services taking up to 90 minutes longer than usual.
From late on Christmas Eve the line from Reading into Paddington will close for four days with services diverted to Waterloo.
Network Rail say 20,000 engineers will be out working on the lines. But passengers fear a repeat of the chaos last Christmas when engineering work overran. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.
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The new Thameslink trains depot serving Sussex and Kent will be opened today by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin.
The depot at Three Bridges will be the home of a new generation of trains and create hundreds of jobs.