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Should we pay to keep trains running in Scotland and Wales?

Rail passengers in the South East are paying millions of pounds in fares to keep trains running in other parts of the country, a new report has revealed.

Figures from the Office of Road and Rail suggest the money is being diverted to subsidise less popular routes in Scotland, Wales and the North - like those connecting towns and cities in Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Fred spoke to Seb Gordon from the Rail Delivery Group which represents train operators.

Drunk passengers: we join police on the frontline

There has been a big rise in violence and sexual offences on the South's railways according to new figures from the British Transport Police. But the force say overall crime is down for the eleventh year in a row.

In our region, there were more than 11,500 crimes on the rail network in the past year - that's down 7 per cent.

There were 13 per cent fewer thefts reported.

But drunk passengers on our trains remains one of the key problems. Our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse, spent the night with officers on the frontline in Brighton.


'Too many near misses' on our railways

There are 'too many' serious near misses on the region's rail network that could have ended in disaster. That's the view of safety watchdogs, who say death and injury are being narrowly avoided too often.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch say half of the most serious incidents over the past two years have been on the lines from our region into Paddington and Waterloo. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse has the details.


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.

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