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Which? says fare rises are 'a bitter pill' for rail users

More reaction to next year's rail fare rises

The consumer watchdog 'Which?' has criticised the 2.3% average increase in rail fares for next year.

"Today's confirmation that rail fares are on the rise again will be a bitter pill to swallow for passengers who continue to experience cancellations, delays, overcrowding and poor service from their train companies.

"If trust in the rail industry is to be rebuilt, more must be done to ensure passengers are able find the best ticket for their journey and cheaper fares must not be hidden. Passengers need to be able to easily access compensation where it is owed and the system for handling complaints must be urgently overhauled."

– Vickie Sheriff, Director of Campaigns and Communications at Which?

ASLEF union on rail fare rises: Passengers treated like 'sheep to be fleeced'

The head of the ASLEF union which represents train drivers has said that the 2.3% average increase in train fares next year is 'scandalous'.

The trade union's General Secretary, Mick Whelan, accused the government of allowing the privatised train companies to make even more money than they were already making, even though for some passengers it was an 'ever poorer service,’

‘This new price hike – well above the rate of inflation – is indefensible and designed to punish passengers. Fares have now soared 25% in the last six years.

‘The train companies see passengers as sheep to be fleeced but it is shameful that the government is going along with them. No wonder so many commuters, many of them Tory voters, are now saying they’ve had enough.

‘Just look at Southern – a company which MPs say lets down passengers every day of the year – yet wants to be rewarded even more handsomely for its failure to deliver on the pledges it made when it was awarded its franchise by the DfT.

‘We have the most expensive railway in Europe and the train companies, aided and abetted by this Conservative government, are about to make it even harder for people to travel at a time when so many families are only just about managing.’

– Mick Whelan, General Secretary, ASLEF

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Revised service on Southeastern due to poor rail conditions.

Southeastern Trains are advising of potential disruption

Advance Warning - revised service on Southeastern between Victoria and Dartford, between London Charing Cross and Sevenoaks and between Cannon Street and Hayes (Kent) due to poor rail conditions around the network.

An amended timetable is in operation on some Metro routes on Monday 7 November, Tuesday 8 November, and Wednesday 9 November. Morning peak trains to London are unaffected by the amendments..

Some evening peak trains are expected to be revised from 7th to 9th November.

£6m of improvements for railways in Fareham area

Six million pounds of work to improve the rail line in Hampshire got underway today at Fareham in Hampshire.

The works mean disruption for thousands of passengers for nine days. However, Network Rail has said it will be worth it, because the changes will make the service better and more reliable. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

The interviewees are Suella Fernandes, the MP for Fareham; and Owen Jones from Network Rail.

Local politicians visit rail upgrade works at Fareham

Suella Fernandes MP and Cllr Seán Woodward visit rail improvement works at Fareham

£4.6 million pounds is being spent on a major railway track renewal project at Fareham in Hampshire. Network Rail says the work should make a better, more reliable railway system for the area.

Nine sets of points are being replaced, as are the crossings which allow trains to move between lines, 240 metres of track are also being replaced.

The town's railway station is also being upgraded for an additional £1 million investment being jointly invested by Network Rail and Hampshire county Council. Today the Fareham MP, Suella Fernandes - and Hampshire County Councillor Seán Woodward visited the site to see work on the project start.

Passengers are being advised to check on their routes before leaving home. There are replacement buses in place. Check below for changes to timetables.

Portsmouth Harbour to Southampton and Eastleigh

Southampton & Eastleigh to Portsmouth Harbour

You can also visit South West Trains for more information about the closure and the disruption.

£1 million upgrade to Fareham station underway - train users warned of disruption

The railway tracks have been removed as work starts at Fareham train station

Hundreds of rail engineers will spend the next week replacing nine sets of points and track at Fareham railway station in Hampshire. The station will get a big upgrade costing about £1 million pounds.

For passengers buses are replacing many trains between Southampton and Portsmouth.

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How will you get home tonight? MP visits flooded train station

A passageway at Didcot Parkway railway station

The MP for Wantage, Ed Vaizey, has been giving his reaction to the flooding of Didcot Parkway railway station in his constituency, after visiting the site earlier today.

While there are services, in one direct. Services to Reading and Paddington have been disrupted for much of the day.

For the latest information on services at Didcot Parkway railway station visit the National Rail website.

Flooding: Didcot Parkway station - service update

Didcot Parkway station is surrounded by flood water

The flooding at Didcot Parkway station in Oxfordshire has left the station inaccessible to customers wanting to travel in the Oxford and Reading/London Paddington direction.

Access to the station has been cut off by flood water

The Didcot Parkway platform towards Swindon, Bristol and South Wales is open. Customer travelling from Didcot towards London are advised to travel to Swindon and then back towards Reading/London Paddington.

The bus stop is surrounded by water

Flooding: Didcot Parkway station under water

Staff walking through floodwater in station shops Credit: Michael O'Shea

There are delays and some cancellations on Great Western Railway services through Didcot Parkway because of heavy flooding on railway lines in the area.

Therefore trains from Swindon heading towards London Paddington can not call at Didcot Parkway train station..

Floodwater rising at Didcot Parkway railway station Credit: Michael O'Shea
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