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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.


Investigations lead to CCTV publication

The incident happened shortly after 3.30am on Saturday, 26 April, at the entrance to the station. Investigations to date have enabled officers to isolate CCTV images of a woman they would like to identify and speak to as they believe she can assist with their enquiries.

A woman approached the station concourse's entrance doors which were closed and locked at that time of the morning. Realising she couldn't gain access to the station, the woman hit the glass pane first with her hands and then with her high-heeled shoes, causing the glass to crack

– Investigating Officer, PCSO Zoe Hawkins

If you can help, please call British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40, text 61016 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

In all calls please quote incident reference GSUB/B8 of 23/05/2014.

Record £1.5m compensation for delayed rail passengers

Rail passengers hit by delays and cancellations on Southeastern trains at the start of this year are to receive a record £1.5m pounds in compensation.

The sum is ten times that paid out in the same period last year. It's largely due to the closure of part of the Hastings to Tonbridge line following major landslips. Services finally returned to normal in March.

Train and guard attacked and injured

British Transport Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after four men were assaulted during a fight on board a train at Southampton Central railway station. The incident began on board the 10:58pm Romsey to Southampton service on Monday, May 12.

Detective Sergeant Dave Peek, leading the investigation, said: “At approximately 11.15pm a fight broke out on board the train at Southampton Central railway station. This spilt onto the platform while the train was waiting at the station.!

He added: “Four people were assaulted, including three members of railway staff. One member of staff was left with a broken nose and the train guard and driver were also attacked.”

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