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Drivers urged to switch off car engines

The campaign is aimed at reducing pollution Credit: PA

New signs encouraging drivers to switch off their car engines are being installed across Brighton and Hove.

It's all part of a new campaign, aimed at reducing pollution. The 'Cut Engine - Cut Pollution' signs will be put up in the city centre and outside the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

Specialist teams tackle leaves on the line

Autumn has just arrived, but already trains are being cancelled or delayed because of leaves on the line. It's a huge frustration for commuters, who see it as a poor excuse for slow services.

But Network Rail is spending £4 million to combat the problem with hundreds of miles of track across Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey being treated with a special water jet.

Heather Edwards has been out with specialist teams.

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Man falls to death on "middle-aged gap year"

A man from Oxford has fallen to his death in India on the final leg of a so-called "middle-aged gap year" with his wife.

Roger Stotesbury's family said the documentary maker had just finished taking photographs of the scenery from a temple in Orchha, about 160 miles south of the Taj Mahal, when he fell about 30ft (9m) on Friday.

Mr Stotesbury, a father of two grown-up children in his mid-fifties, was travelling with his wife Hilary. A spokesman for the family said they were devoted to each other.

The couple were writing a blog, ourmiddleagedgapyear.wordpress.com. In it they said:

"Hilary's motto is 'just do it' whilst Roger's is 'to die young as late as possible'. "We took the view that on your deathbed you never wish you'd spent more time in the office. We've seen our two kids off into the wider world and we have no more caring responsibilities for our parents. So we thought now is the time to take a gap year and travel whilst we still have the health and energy. After all you only live once."

The couple started with a two-month tour of Italy before taking in south and north America, Australia, and several Asian countries. India was intended to be their final stop, according to the blog.

An inquest this week heard how a south-east Asian tourist in the UK fell to her death while taking selfies at Sussex's notorious Seven Sisters cliff-face in June.

Roger and Hilary Stotesbury days before his death Credit: Roger Stotesbury

Weekend of chaos for rail passengers

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There will be disruption through Reading this weekend Credit: ITV Meridian

Tens of thousands of rail passengers across the Thames Valley are facing a weekend of chaos.

Engineering work means many services through Reading will be cancelled.

It's to allow further testing of overhead wires ahead of an extension to commuter services next year.

Limited replacement buses will run, but will be very busy.

Tickets bought for Saturday or Sunday will be accepted all day today and Monday

Passengers are advised not to travel unless they have to.

A34 closed near Oxford after crash

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The A34 is currently closed in both directions between Marcham and the Hinksey Interchange due to a crash.

Emergency services are currently at the scene.

Drivers are asked to avoid the area.

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Major rail disruption on services into Waterloo

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There is major disruption on railway services between Reading and Waterloo and Windsor and Waterloo this morning due to a signalling problem between Putney and Barnes.

Disruption is expected to continue until approximately 11am.

The following services were cancelled earlier this morning:

  • London Waterloo to London Waterloo via Twickenham and Brentford
  • London Waterloo to London Waterloo via Brentford and Twickenham
  • London Waterloo to London Waterloo via Kingston and Twickenham
  • London Waterloo to London Waterloo via Twickenham and Kingston
  • Between London Waterloo and Weybridge
  • Between London Waterloo and Windsor and Eton Riverside
  • Between London Waterloo and Reading

Lines have now reopened, but trains may still be cancelled, delayed or revised.

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South Western Railway advise passengers not to travel between Reading and London Waterloo and Windsor and London Waterloo.

Passengers are able to use their ticket on the following routes:

  • London Underground via any reasonable route
  • Great Western Railway services between Reading and London Paddington
  • TFL buses via any reasonable route
  • Southern services between Clapham Junction and London Victoria
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