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Rail firm's response to drivers' pending overtime ban

“After over five months of intense negotiations and two peace deals agreed and recommended by the ASLEF executive, we are dismayed the union leadership is taking this action, which is designed to impact as many of our passengers as possible.

“Driver-controlled operation with on-board supervisors was fully implemented back in January and thanks to this we are running more trains than before and our service has improved for five consecutive months. We’re safely running over 80,000 trains a month with drivers controlling the doors across our network – we’re sorry that passengers will suffer as a result of this unnecessary action.

“We have worked our hardest to resolve this dispute with ASLEF. If this action does go ahead we will run as full a timetable as possible. We will be working around the clock to evaluate the impact and develop contingency plans which will be advertised as soon as possible.”

– Nick Brown, Chief Operating Officer at Southern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway

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Train maintenance workers to stage 24-hour strike

Workers at a train maintenance company with sites at locations including Eastleigh in Hampshire are to go on strike in a pay dispute.

Members of the Rail Maritime & Transport Workers union (RMT) employed by Arriva TrainCare are to stage a 24 hour walkout on Friday 19th May.

The RMT said the strike was being held because Arriva TrainCare was not prepared to negotiate pay issues because the RMT was not the recognised union for Arriva TrainCare employees.

"RMT members at Arriva TrainCare delivered a massive yes vote for action and the company should wake up and take notice of the anger amongst their workforce over the pay issue.

"Instead they have ignored their staff and offered an insulting increase that systematically undermines our members' standard of living.

"Our members are entitled to be represented by the union they are members of so we can get on with our job and negotiate decent pay and conditions on their behalf."

– Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary

Arriva TrainCare is based in Crewe and has sites in Bristol, Gateshead, Cambridge and Eastleigh.

'Key roads must be improved' M25 jams harm economy

A new report says congestion on the M25 is so bad the region's economy is at risk and urgent action must be taken.

The report by Highways England found the stretch of motorway between the A3 in Surrey and the M40 in Buckinghamshire had the worst traffic in Europe with more than 220 thousands vehicles using it every single day.

In a highly controversial move it says key roads in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey and Hampshire should be improved to cope with the growing problem.

This report is from our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse.

Government responds to M25's 12 hour-long rush hour: 'We are investing £15bn on upgrading roads'

The rush hour can last a long time on the M25

A new report commissioned for the Government has found that the 'rush hour' for drivers using the M25 can actually last from 6am to 6pm.

The finding is a surprising one to many, but some transport campaigners say that people who use the M25 already know that there is a lot of traffic on the route.

The Department for Transport says that it is spending a lot of money on improving the south's major routes.

“We are investing £15 billion up to 2020 delivering upgrades to motorways and major A-roads.

“We continue to work on ways to cut congestion and improve journey times on the M25, connecting people with jobs, leisure and culture venues in the area – and providing an important boost to the UK economy.”

– Spokesperson for the Department for Transport

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Transport campaigners welcome M25 rush hour report

The M25 rush hour is the subject of a new study

Campaigners working for the improvement of our road networks in sustainable way have welcomed a new report about travelling on the M25, and other routes in the region.

“We welcome the recognition that we cannot simply build our way out of congestion. The M25 study is right to focus on improving capacity on the existing network through moving to more sustainable modes. That makes sense for the environment and the taxpayer too.

“Those measures should be implemented in full before any new roads are planned. New roads create more traffic, and it is wrong to sacrifice precious countryside for more tarmac when positive alternatives are available.”

– Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport

Flights to Paris cancelled & diverted after shooting

Police at Paris Orly Airport Credit: AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu

Anyone flying to Paris in France today is being advised to check before travelling. Flights have been suspended at Paris Orly Airport after a man who tried to seize a soldier's gun there was shot dead by police.

Flights between Southampton Airport and Paris Orly Airport have been suspended. A spokesperson said that one inbound flight heading to the UK has been delayed.

Some British Airways flights from Heathrow Airport to Paris Orly Airport have also been cancelled.

A number of flights from various airports have been redirected to Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport. Do check before you travel.

"We are doing all we can to assist our customers while the airport authorities at Paris Orly prepare for the airport to re-open. ​

The safety and security of our customers and colleagues is always our priority."

– British Airways spokesperson
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