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Changes to trains after Dartford signalling problem

Southeastern has made some changes to its train timetable after a signalling problem caused major disruption on lines through Dartford.

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'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.

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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Multi-million pound rail investment to ease overcrowding

£50m investment to ease overcrowding Credit: ITV

It's been described as the biggest investment in rail services for a generation. Today millions of pounds worth of improvements have been announced in the Thames Valley to help provide a solution to daily overcrowded commutes.

200 First Great Western trains will be renewed or refurbished. More carriages and services will also be added to provide an extra three million seats a year. And stations in Berkshire, Surrey, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire will benefit from a £50 million upgrade scheme.

It's all part of the company's new three and a half year contract to operate the service. Rachel Hepworth was in Reading to hear the announcement.

Multi-million pound investment in trains goes ahead

A multimillion pound investment in trains in east Kent gets the go-ahead today.

Network Rail are to upgrade the line between Ashford and Thanet to improve journey times for High Speed trains.

A new station's already been earmarked for Manston Parkway near Ramsgate.

"This upgrade to our high-speed service is of enormous importance to Thanet, opening up a whole new range of economic opportunities for our area. Before my election, local residents told me that they felt left at the end of the line. We have fought tirelessly to change this and worked hard to secure Government funding for Thanet. I am absolutely thrilled that with this, journey times are now being reduced which will open the doors to more investment and more visitors. This is a huge win for Thanet."

– Laura Sandys, MP for Thanet South

TRAVEL - TRAINS: Landslip causes delays - Banbury

There is disruption for rail passengers after a landslip between Leamington Spa and Banbury. A limited bus service is running between the stations. Buses are also running between Banbury and oxford.

Chiltern Railways and Crosscountry passengers can use both services during the disruption.

The National Rail Enquiries Service is advising that passengers can follow the incident by using the hashtag #BanburyTrains on social media.

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