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Rail union campaigns to retain ticket offices

The public will be asked about the closure of ticket offices Credit: ITV

The rail union RMT says it will fight any plans to close ticket offices across routes served by Thameslink, Southern and Gatwick Express. There will be a formal public consultation, but the union believes there will be efforts to 'bulldoze' the proposals through.

RMT is launching a campaign of opposition to these plans and we will be working with the travelling public to stop them in their tracks. These plans, driven by the desire to de-staff our railways in the quest for profit, would unleash a wave of ticket office carnage across rail franchises.

– RMT
  1. Phil Hornby

The Last Word, January 2016

Alex Phillips from Brighton's Green Party, Maria Caulfield the Lewes Tory MP, and Alan Whitehead MP, Lab, from Southampton; debate the crisis in the NHS and the junior doctors' strike; rail passenger anger; and a new national anthem. And music from Norman Baker's band proves there is life after politics.

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  1. Phil Hornby

The Last Word, January 2016

Alex Phillips from Brighton's Green Party, Maria Caulfield the Lewes Tory MP, and Alan Whitehead MP, Lab, from Southampton; debate the crisis in the NHS and the junior doctors' strike; rail passenger anger; and a new national anthem. And music from Norman Baker's band proves there is life after politics.

Train delays in South East caused by sunshine

The sunshine was too strong this morning Credit: ITV

Small increase in rail fares from Monday

It's the lowest increase in six years for commuters Credit: ITV

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.

Rail disruption continues for thousands of passengers

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.

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Southeastern services will shut down early on Christmas Eve

Services will shut down early on Christmas Eve Credit: ITV

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).

Major disruption for rail passengers over Christmas

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.

Railway elves hand out mince pies to passengers

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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