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Emergency changes to rail timetable for Kent & Sussex

Passengers travelling on rail services from Kent and East Sussex to London have faced more disruption this morning after emergency changes to the timetable were made late last night.

All Southeastern trains that were due to run into Waterloo will now be diverted to Blackfriars because of fears engineering works might overrun at the station.

Services were to use the Waterloo International terminal while London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross are closed this week to allow for works on the Thameslink project.

"We're now unable to run services to Waterloo as planned on Tuesday due to the major upgrade works. We have been instructed by Network Rail to run these trains to and from Blackfriars instead. Our passengers' tickets will be accepted on specific Tube and London buses to ensure a smooth onward journey. We will also have more Southeastern employees at stations to help our passengers.

"We would like to remind everyone to check before they travel and follow us on twitter @SE_railway and check our website for the latest information."

– Ellie Burrows, Southeastern train services director

The affected stations are:

  • Dover Priory
  • Folkestone Central
  • Folkestone West
  • Sandling
  • Westenhanger
  • Ashford International
  • Pluckley
  • Headcorn
  • Staplehurst
  • Marden
  • Paddock Wood
  • Tonbridge
  • Sevenoaks
  • Ramsgate
  • Minster
  • Sturry
  • Canterbury West
  • Chartham
  • Chilham
  • Wye
  • Sandwich
  • Deal
  • Walmer
  • Martin Mill

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"'Driverless' lorries to be trialled on our roads

Video report. It's been announced that driverless lorries are to be trialled on our motorways. Under the scheme being run by the Transport Research Laboratory, a "platoon leader" driving a heavy goods vehicle will lead a small convoy, with the following trucks piloted by computers.

'Driverless' lorry trials on UK roads

Trials have been carried out in Europe and the USA Credit: RoadSafetyGB

The Department for Transport (DfT) and Highways England has commissioned TRL, the global centre of innovation in transport and mobility, to lead the first real-world operational trial of 'platooning' vehicles on UK roads.

The £8.1m trial will see TRL lead a consortium of partners including DAF Trucks, the UK market leader of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) sales; Ricardo, who worked with TRL to deliver the HGV platooning feasibility study for the DfT in 2014; and DHL.

TRL says that by applying experience gained in platooning projects in Europe and the USA, the project will collect information and independently evaluate heavy vehicle real-world operational conditions.

Trials will be tailored to the unique requirements of UK roads and will collate the evidence required to understand issues such as fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, safety, plus acceptance by drivers.

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Man in 20s dies after collision with van on A3

The accident happened in the early hours of this morning

A man in his twenties has died after a collision with a van along the A3 in Surrey. Police officers were called to the southbound A3 junction near Thursley just after 4am today. They were assisted by paramedics from South East Coast Ambulance Service and Surrey Fire & Rescue Service.

The man in his twenties, a pedestrian, was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed about what happened. Surrey Police say the van driver is helping with their enquiries.

There are diversions are in place in both directions between the nearby Hindhead Tunnel and Milford, while investigations continue.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey Police by telephoning 01483 639 922 and quoting reference P17135071.

Urgent talks to avoid new overtime ban on railways

The overtime ban is due to start on Sunday Credit: ITV

Southern is understood to have called an urgent meeting with the train drivers' union Aslef this afternoon in a desperate attempt to try to avert next week's industrial action. Up to 600 trains a day would be cancelled.

Around 1,000 drivers are set to start an indefinite overtime ban on Sunday.

The company is refusing to confirm the peace talks, but union sources say there has been contact with them.

Services will be in chaos for hundreds of thousands of passengers if the action goes ahead.

It is understood both sides will meet at lunchtime.

So far months of talks have failed to reach agreement over driver-only trains.

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