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TRAVEL - TRAINS: Southeastern revised service

There is a revised rail service on Southeastern between London Charing Cross and Dartford, between London Charing Cross and Gravesend and between London Charing Cross and Orpington due to flooding. All lines have now reopened following disruption caused by heavy rain and thunderstorms across the Southeastern network.

Services are still subject to revisions, delays and cancellations.

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TRAVEL - TRAINS: Revised service on South West Trains due to bad weather

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Revised service on South West Trains between London Waterloo and Salisbury due to flooding and signalling problem. London Waterloo to/from Salisbury and Exeter will terminate and start at Basingstoke. Passengers will need to use an alternative train between Basingstoke and London Waterloo.

TRAVEL - ROADS: OXFORDSHIRE - Lorry carrying offal overturned near J6/M40 southbound - severe delays

Severe delays and road blocked due to overturned lorry on M40 Southbound before J6 B4009 (Watlington), congestion on M40 to J9 A34 / A41 (Bicester). All southbound traffic is being held. A lorry carrying frozen offal crossed over the central reservation at 12:30. The northbound carriageway is closed between J6 and J7, and there is a diversion in place via A40.

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Haslar Bridge in Gosport closed on way out of town

Hampshire Roads Policing Unit say that the Haslar Bridge in Gosport is closed in the direction heading out of town. The inbound route remans open. Southern Electric are working on the problem.

When is a late train late? Government to tighten 5 minute window - rail operators could face more fines

Train companies could be fined if services are more than a minute late under new Government rules to cut delays.

At the moment commuter services are allowed to be five minutes behind schedule before they are classed as late and companies are penalised. It is ten minutes for long distance services.

The new measure is one of a number aimed at getting more trains on time.

Currently around 90 per cent of services are classed as being on time to within the five or ten minute rule. But the figure is just 65 per cent when measured to within a minute and it that the Government say the new rules will be aimed at addressing.

Southern rail strikes: Will the Government step in?

The ongoing dispute between the rail operator Southern and its guards over changes to their role has led to another 24-hour strike this week.

Our political correspondent Phil Hornby, who experienced some of the disruption himself this week, interviewed the Rail Minister Claire Perry and asked her if the Government will step in to resolve the dispute between Southern and the unions - or strip the operator, Govia Thameslink Trains, of its franchise.

Southern Rail guards' strike continues - passenger journeys disrupted

Rail guards' picket line in Brighton as row continues

There are calls for the Government to intervene in the ongoing row between the rail operator Southern and its staff.

The calls for action comes as guards have walked out again in a dispute over driver-only operated trains. Thousands of passengers have had their journeys disrupted with services being cancelled or reduced. But the Rail Minister, Claire Perry MP, has said she does not think it is the Government's job to step in. She has called for an end to the dispute.

The Campaign for Better Transport wrote to the Minister for Rail, Claire Perry MP, and urged her to take action over what the organisation called 'the failing Southern Rail franchise'.

“The ongoing problems with Govia Thameslink need to be urgently addressed. Passengers have now endured many months of cancellations and delays, so it is an outrage that the Government recently amended their franchise agreement to allow even more cancellations.

“The Department for Transport must take urgent action to restore public confidence in the franchise, to ensure passengers receive greatly improved services and appropriate compensation, to enforce franchise commitments, and to agree mechanisms so performance levels do not fall to such levels again. When train operators let down passengers, it is only right that they face penalties.”

– Lianna Etkind, Public Transport Campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport
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