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Many Southern services 'still running late'

Trains are still running late because of problems at London Bridge Credit: ITV

One in five trains on the lines to London Bridge and Victoria 'are still late' despite a new timetable that gave services more time to arrive and saw some from Brighton axed.

That is the claim from members of the London Assembly who questioned rail mangers, saying far too many services were still late. Southern said the situation had improved and two per cent more trains were now on time but admitted it was still struggling to meet punctuality targets.

More criticism is expected in a survey of passengers to be published by the official passenger watchdog Transport Focus later this month.

Problems are centred on London Bridge where the number of lines into the station have been reduced to allow for the station to be rebuilt as part of the £6.5 billion Thameslink project.

Railway workers to stage two strikes next month

A new pay offer has been rejected Credit: ITV

RMT workers are to stage a 24-hour and 48-hour strike next month after rejecting a new pay offer from Network Rail.

Members of the union at Network Rail will walk out for 24 hours from 5pm on 4 June and for 48 hours from the same time on 9 June.

The workers - including signallers and maintenance staff - will also ban any overtime between 6 - 12 June.

The industrial action is expected to cause widespread disruption to rail travel.


Plan for 'more flexibility' if you lose your train ticket

Passengers who make a genuine mistake with their train tickets will no longer be treated 'like criminals' as the Government prepares to overhaul the penalty fare system.

The group Passenger Focus - in a damning report - says that, for too long, over-zealous inspectors have unfairly penalised some people - and have even threatened them with criminal proceedings.

You can be fined £20 or twice the full single fare to the next stop - whichever is greater. The new plan urges train companies to be a bit more flexible.

Fred spoke to Jocelyn Pearson, from Passenger Focus, at Reading Station.

Landslide causes disruption for Thames Valley rail users

Disruption to rail travel between Banbury & Leamington Spa continues Credit: Bing

Rail passengers across the Thames Valley have faced misery today after a landslide blocked part of the line from Oxfordshire to the Midlands.

The landslide happened on Saturday afternoon near Harbury Tunnel in Warwickshire. The incident closed the line between Banbury and Leamington Spa.

It means services on the Chiltern Line - are seriously affected. Network Rail says it's still too dangerous to access the site as three hundred thousand tonnes of earth and rock is still moving. Callum Watkinson reports.

The interviewees are: Liam Sumpter from Network Rail; and Thomas Ableman from Chiltern Railways.


Revised timetable put in place following landslip

Rail companies say the line and surrounding area is still at risk of greater damage if the ground moves again Credit: Chiltern Railways

The line remains blocked between Banbury and Leamington Spa due to a landslip, so there are no trains are running along that line.

Engineers say there is the potential for further ground movement, so they expect the line to be closed until at least Saturday 7 February.

Chiltern Railways has published a revised timetable, and CrossCountry has also released travel advice for passengers.

Two routes are currently affected:

  • Chiltern Railways trains between Birmingham Snow Hill / Birmingham Moor Street / Stratford-upon-Avon and London Marylebone
  • CrossCountry trains between Manchester Piccadilly / Newcastle and Bournemouth / Reading / Guildford

Major landslip causes rail disruption

There has been an extremely significant landslip in the Harbury area between Leamington Spa and Banbury affecting both train lines and the tunnel. After an initial assessment it is estimated that around 350,000 tonnes of material will need to be removed and the line between Leamington Spa and Banbury will have to remain closed for at least one week to allow for an investigation to determine the scale of the problem.

Major landslip Credit: Network Rail

Engineers are currently monitoring the site to see if it continues to move and to know if it’s safe to begin a detailed assessment, which may take several days. This is a known problem area experiencing elevated levels of ground water and engineers continue to work with local landowners to try and rectify and control the situation safely.

Landslip near Railway tracks Credit: Network Rail

Customers using Chiltern Railway and Crosscountry services are asked to check the National Rail website before they travel for any service modifications

Rail disruption after landslip Credit: Network Rail

Services between Manchester and Bournemouth and Newcastle, Reading and Southampton are currently being disrupted. There are bus replacement services operating between Leamington Spa and Banbury (and between Leamington Spa and Oxford for Sunday 1 Feb only). A revised service is in effect between Banbury and Marylebone, Birmingham and Leamington Spa, and Stratford upon Avon and Leamington Spa. Passengers for London are encouraged to drive to Banbury and use the large multi-storey carpark there. For those travelling north, Warwick Parkway is the best station to drive to.

Faster service promised for commuters

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 breaks records during 2014

Record-breaking year for Swanage Railway Credit: Meridian

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.

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