Farnborough Airshow Controversy

This year's Farnborough Airshow, which starts on Monday, is shaping up to be one of the most controversial for many years.

Heavy snow caught commuters

Some motorists trapped overnight were caught in treacherous conditions on the M23 in Sussex and on the A23 in Kent

New row over our rails

Rail fiasco could cost taxpayers millions and delay improvements

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London

TfL ambassadors to help keep Tube stations open

Transport for London said its ambassadors will help keep Tube stations open and passengers on the move during the 48-hour walkout by London Underground workers.

TfL said a record 7,961 buses were running in London after 266 were added to the service.

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Tube strike: Licensed & trained TfL Ambassadors will help keep Tube stations open & provide travel info & advice to customers.

Read: Find out how the Tube strike will affect your travel plans

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Commuters report packed trains on Victoria Line

Passengers have reported busy scenes on the Victoria line as rush-hour commuters were warned to expect severe disruption.

Transport for London is operating services between Seven Sisters and Brixton on the line approximately every eight minutes.

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Read: Long queues at Liverpool Street as Tube strike begins

Commuters gearing up for Capital's 48-hour tube strike

If you, or someone in your family, commutes to London - long delays are expected over the next two days because of another tube strike. The 48-hour walk-out by staff will start at nine o'clock tonight.

The industrial action is over plans to close ticket offices with the loss of a thousand jobs. So what will the impact be on travellers from the South? Here's David Wood.

For more information on how your journey to and from London may be affected you can visit the Transport for London website.

For live status alerts on social media you can follow: @TfLTRavelAlerts

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London Overground services unaffected by strike action

London Overground services will be unaffected by strike action but trains and platforms are expected to be far busier than usual, TfL has said.

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Strike update- London Overground services are not expected to be affected by industrial action, but will be much busier than usual.

Read: Over 250 extra buses to be deployed on key routes

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Delays on Channel Tunnel crossings

Two separate incidents have led to hours-long delays to those taking Folkestone-Calais shuttle trains and high-speed Eurostar services between London and Paris and Brussels via the tunnel.

The first problem came earlier today when a fatality near Lille in northern France involving a French high-speed train resulted in diversions and delays to Eurostar trains.

Then, just as Eurostar services were getting back to normal, a Eurotunnel passenger shuttle train broke down in the tunnel leading to further delays to Eurostar services and long hold-ups of up to four hours for shuttle-train passengers.

Full details of new HS2 compensation deal announced

by Mike Pearse

The Government has announced a £600 million compensation scheme for homes and businesses affected by the new HS2 rail line that will pass through Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

The Government insists it is one of the most generous packages of its kind. It has been revealed that 532 properties and businesses will be demolished. Residents have already reacted saying the plan is "an insult."

Those living within 60 metres of the line will get the full value of the property and 10 per cent on top - up to £47,000 maximum.

Those between 60-120 metres will be able to get the market rate of their properties or a cash payment of between £30,000 and £100,000 if they decide to stay put.

And for people living 120 and 300 metres from the route there will be compensation payments of between £7,500 and £22,500.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse has been gauging the public reaction to today's announcement.

Rail firms to invest £1.2 billion on South's trains

Network Rail and South West Trains are promising more trains, improved stations and more seats for rail passengers travelling through Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire. The alliance between the two firms will invest £1.2 billion in a five-year scheme that starts tomorrow.

The money will be spent on the rail network connecting Waterloo to Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire and beyond between now and 2019. The investment is part of a wider programme to deliver an extra 115,000 seats a day into the capital by 2019 - an increase in capacity of 20 per cent.

"The growth we are managing now is phenomenal - more than 95m passengers at Waterloo with us every year -there is a clear need to improve the railway in the area.

"Improving Waterloo is a key part of our strategic plan and it will benefit passengers across our network, not just in London. In the next five years we are delivering longer trains between Reading, Ascot and Waterloo, 10-car trains throughout our suburban network.To do this, we need to upgrade the power supply and extend a number of platforms to cope with the extra demand. We also will run additional capacity on some of our main line routes.

"We are also working on plans to improve the resilience of the railway to extreme weather and renewing our focus on safety. While we are the safest railway of our size in Europe, we are not complacent - particularly when it comes to level crossings and the safety of our workforce.

"The next five years will make a huge difference to everyone who travels by train and we are committed to delivering a better, safer, more reliable railway for them."

– Tim Shoveller, Managing director, Network Rail/ South West Trains Alliance,
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