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Cleaners on Southeastern railway to strike in pay row

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The rail union, the RMT, has announced cleaners on Southeastern will strike in what they call their fight for workplace justice over pay and working conditions.

Members are instructed to take strike action by not booking on for any shifts that commence between the hours of 8.30pm on Thursday 19th October 2017 and 8.30pm on Friday 20th October 2017.

The dispute is with subcontractor Wettons, who hold the cleaning contract on Southeastern.

Mother's tearful tribute to daughter 'electrocuted' on railway track in Herne Bay

The mother of a teenage girl who died on the railway track at Herne Bay station has paid tribute to her. Sixteen year old Taiyah Peebles suffered serious injuries, believed to have been caused by electrocution. Sarah Saunders spoke to Taiyah's mum, Hayley Peebles.

Investigations are underway into how a 16-year-old girl came to her death on the railway at Herne Bay station, in Kent.

Emergency services were called to the station shortly before 7am yesterday morning. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining serious injuries believed to be caused by electrocution.

Her death is being treated as unexplained whilst officers make enquiries into the circumstances leading to her receiving these injuries.

Officers say formal identification had yet to be completed; however the girl’s family have been informed. A post mortem examination is due to take place on Friday.

Understandably the family are now desperate for answers and my officers are focussed on understanding how this girl came to be on the tracks.

What we know so far is that the girl was with a group of friends near the station shortly before 11pm yesterday evening. Sometime between then and 7am this morning she came to receive these injuries. Therefore, I would be looking to speak with anyone who might have been near to Herne Bay station during this period. If you were in the area or have any information, no matter how small, please do get in touch as soon as possible. Your information might prove vital in our enquiries.”

– DCI Paul Langley from British Transport Police

Sarah Saunders has a full report with family reaction.

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"Reading is always delighted to welcome the Queen"

Rob Wilson has given this statement on the Queen's official visit next month to open Reading Station.

Reading Station is part of securing a bright economic future for the town, so it is only fitting that Her Majesty the Queen should officially open it 25 years after she visited to open the previous station.

When I met the Duke of Edinburgh at a Buckingham Palace reception last year I did ask him whether he would be coming back for a return visit after all the intervening years, to which he jokingly replied; “You don’t want us again!” Well Reading is always delighted to welcome the Queen and the Duke and it will be a great honour and privilege for the town to do so again.

I can see this being a very big day for Reading where we will all come together and celebrate.”

– Rob Wilson MP

Reading station to be opened by the Queen in July

The Queen will officially open the redeveloped Reading railway station next month Credit: Hackett/PA Wire

The Queen will officially open the redeveloped Reading railway station next month.

An £850 million Network Rail scheme has seen major improvement on the station, including new platforms and entrances.

The work on the station started in 2011 and most of the major works are now complete.

It will be the second time the Queen has carried out an opening ceremony at Reading Station.

Her previous visit was to mark the construction of the Brunel Arcade in the 1980s.

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VIDEO: Repairs to flood hit railways

Groundwater levels are continuing to rise with residents along the river Avon in Wiltshire, the Stour in Dorset and the Meon in Hampshire warned about the risk of more flooding this weekend.

16 Flood Warnings remain in place across our region tonight. River levels also remain high along the Arun in Pulborough, flooding nearby fields.

In the New Forest, firefighters transported bales of hay to around 30 cows who became stranded by flood water.

Meanwhile, up to a million pounds is being spent repairing railways on the Isle of Wight. Islanders have been without any train services for almost three weeks because of floods and landslides. Today, work continued to repair the tracks - as Dave Russell reports.

Southern announce fare rise of under 3%

Southern commuters will face a fare rise of 2.87% and Gatwick Express fares will be frozen at the 2013 prices.

The average fare rise will come into effect on 2nd January 2014.

Southern railway announce their season ticket price increase Credit: PA

Southern’s Commercial Director, Alex Foulds said: “There is good news for all of our season ticket holders as we have chosen not to use flex, meaning that all our season ticket holders will pay a lower increase.

"It’s also great news for our Gatwick Express passengers as we are freezing fares on the route, and for those looking for cheap off-peak travel, we continue to freeze our cheapest Advance fare at just £5.”

Hayling railway revamp given go ahead

Local volunteers have secured a grant of nearly £89,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the Hayling Billy heritage project.

The project will explore the history of Hayling Billy line on the island and enable conservation to take place.

It will also provide volunteering opportunities for local people to develop skills and work on the historic site.

To help guide people around the site there will also be leaflets, digital material and a new website to engage visitors.

The benefits for the local community will be a heritage project for generations to come, a focus for community volunteers to work on together to create a lasting legacy for local people and visitors. The Partnership have worked really hard with the council officers on securing the funding however, this is just the start."

– Councillor Yvonne Weeks, responsible for Economy and Communities at Havant Borough Council

A new Gateway for Winchester

A new report shows how the railway station area of Winchester could be revitalised.

Winchester City Council commissioned a ‘Development Assessment’ from planning and urban design specialists Tibbalds to look at the potential of the Winchester Station approach.

The report, which will be considered by the City Council’s Cabinet in December, reveals how appropriate development could improve a major gateway into Winchester from Andover Road, increase employment in the city and maintain parking for rail users.

Improvements to the Railway Station approach, the Carfax site and Andover Road area are something that many have asked for and want to see. The City Council agrees that it is a good idea and is working towards an overall masterplan for the area. This will, if accepted by Council in due course, form part of our local plan.”

– Cllr Keith Wood, Leader of Winchester City Council
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