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Higher parking charges for commuters

Commuters will have to pay higher parking charges Credit: ITV

Rail passengers in the South are facing big rises in the cost of parking at stations.

From next week Southern will put up prices by five per cent which is twice the amount fares were increased at the start of the year.

Passengers at Brighton, for example, will have to pay 60p a day more. Southern says that, compared to other local car parks, they offer good value.

'Catalogue of failings' led to Xmas rail chaos

Passengers were left stranded Credit: ITV

The report into the chaos at Christmas when engineering works ran late has identified a 'catalogue of failings'.

Passengers were left stranded as no trains ran between Reading and Paddington on December 27th.

The report just made public by Network Rail reveals that engineering work near Heathrow did in fact end on time but safety checks to declare signals safe took ten hours which is five times longer than it should have.

There was confusion over when services would run, leaving passengers not knowing when they could travel.

Now the amount of time engineering works take will be reviewed and in future they may be carried out in the summer when there is better weather allowing for less chance of overruns.

MPs will question Network Rail Chief Executive Mark Carne on the report on Wednesday.

Passengers complain as Reading is hit by more delays

Rail services have been disrupted again today by overrunning engineering works on the line between Reading and Paddington.

Trains have been running with delays for a second day but the problems were due to ease as the day goes on.

Yesterday there was chaos as no services ran between the two stations for most of the day.

Passengers told ITV News Meridian it was the third year of overruns and was nothing short of "pathetic".

Watchdogs and politicians are demanding an inquiry and Network Rail has said it is "deeply sorry" that so many people were affected. The company say it has a record 11,000 staff working over the holiday with most works ending on time.

A Department for Transport spokesman said: "It is extremely disappointing that Network Rail's engineering works have overrun and will affect travellers during this festive season. Passengers will be rightly annoyed.

"This was essential work, but passengers need to be able to plan and rely on Network Rail meeting its deadlines for having the network back in service.

"The Department is in contact with Network Rail to understand what went wrong and if lessons can be learned for the future."

Day of disruption for Thames Valley rail passengers

Thousands of rail passengers have been facing a day of disruption because of overrunning engineering works on the line from Reading to Paddington.

Most services from the Thames Valley to London have been hit.

Trains are being terminated at Reading with passengers diverted to London Waterloo.

It's rail chaos for those travelling by train in the Thames Valley today Credit: PA

The problem appears to be with signalling following engineering works.

Delays are expected for the rest of the day.

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Passengers face record amount of rail disruption during improvement work

Millions of rail passengers face record amounts of disruption as 11,000 rail engineers spend the festive period working to improve rail lines in the region.

For some, buses will replace trains, others will see fewer trains or face longer journey times.

Many of the projects are aimed at helping the overcrowding crisis which is worst on routes into Paddington, London Bridge and Waterloo.

The hotspots will be:

  • Reading, where a £45 million viaduct to ease congestion will be completed.

  • Sussex, Surrey and Kent will all be hit by platform closures at London Bridge with some of the biggest alternations to services ever seen. 750,000 journeys a day will be impacted. Part of £6.5 billion Thameslink scheme.

  • West Coast mainline through Bucks will be badly affected with a closure at Watford.

  • Most SWT services will be hit by the first of seven weekend closures at Wimbledon. This will affect most services from the region to Waterloo.

Crossrail flyover taking shape as track laid down

Crossrail's new flyover project is one step closer - as the first section of track is laid down.

The 120m Stockley Flyover will provide a vital link for commuters between Heathrow and London.

Services between London Paddington and Heathrow will begin in 2018, with the full route opening in 2019

Once Crossrail is operational, this brand new structure will enable us to increase the number of rail services between central London and Heathrow airport. After four years of planning is it great to see this new infrastructure being brought into service, well done to everyone involved."

– Matthew Steele, Crossrail Programme Director at Network Rail

Kent rail passengers asked about policing

Rail passengers and staff across Kent are being given the chance to have their say on the way the county's railways are policed.

Credit: Press Association

By completing a short online survey, British Transport Police wants the general public and rail staff to tell them what concerns them most and about travelling or working on trains and Tubes.

Crime on the railway has fallen for the tenth successive year, but anyone who travels by train is invited to tell BTP their views on how trains and stations are policed, and any concerns they have about using rail services, and if they are worried about any particular type of crime.

The work we have done to reduce crime on trains and at stations in the past twelve months has made a significant impact - Operation Magnum, for instance, has helped to bring down theft of passenger property by 17%

– Chief Constable Paul Crowther

"Railway Policing: What matters to you" can be completed here.

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