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New trains for Gatwick Express in £145m project

New trains on the way for airport service

ITV Meridian can reveal 145 million pounds is being spent on a new generation of trains for the Gatwick Express - that will also serve Brighton.

More than 100 carriages are being built - and the first will enter service within weeks. Our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse, has been given exclusive access on board one of the new trains.

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Small increase in rail fares from Monday

It's the lowest increase in six years for commuters Credit: ITV

Rail fares go upon on Monday by just over 1%. It's the lowest increase for six years, with the price pegged to low inflation levels. But passenger groups have warned that more work is needed to achieve a 'truly affordable railway', with ticket prices 25% higher than in 2010.

Rail disruption continues for thousands of passengers

Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers are facing severe disruption to services as the big shutdown of the region's railway continues: fewer trains, longer journeys and buses replacing rail. Key lines hit are to Gatwick and Brighton to London, services to London Bridge and the lines to Paddington from the Thames Valley. Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

Major disruption for rail passengers over Christmas

Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers in the South East are preparing to face 10 days of major disruption over the festive break because of engineering works.

The lines from Brighton and Kent to London will be the worst hit.

From late on Christmas Eve until the New Year the region's key lines to the capital will be closed when 20,000 engineers work to upgrade track and signals.

The biggest disruption will be on the line to London Bridge.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse has been to the station to see what work will be done and how the £6.5 billion upgrade of the station is progressing.

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Railway elves hand out mince pies to passengers

Passengers on the Chiltern line in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire have been getting into the festive spirit with thousands of mince pies being handed out by staff dressed as elves.

The company say it's to wish passengers a merry Christmas and bring a bit of festive cheer.

The company is the only one in the region to run services on Boxing Day and is not affected by engineering works that will hit Great Western, Southern and South West Trains.

Interview with Chad Collins Chiltern Railways

Southern conductors to be balloted over industrial action

The union is unhappy with rostering arrangements Credit: ITV

Rail Union RMT is to ballot nearly 400 conductors on Southern Rail for strike action and action short of a strike over a range of issues which, they say, have led to a comprehensive breakdown in industrial relations. The ballot will open next week and close on 15 December. One of the main issues is rostering. The union is required to give seven days notice in event of any action being taken.

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