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Gatwick wins Airport of the Year award

It's the second award Gatwick has won recently Credit: PA

Gatwick Airport has scooped two awards including Airport of the Year at the National Transport Awards.

Reduced queuing times and adding more choice to its retail concessions are among the factors that the Airport believes helped them win the title. It follows the busiest ever October for the site, where 3.9 million passengers walked through its doors.

As a result of Gatwick’s continually increasing global connectivity, long-haul traffic also continues to boom. Passengers can now travel further across the globe, with 22 new long-haul routes added in the last 12 months, including flights to Cape Town, Singapore, Chicago and Seattle.

Gatwick Airport CEO, Stewart Wingate said it’s a reward for the commitment and hard work of staff and partners right across the airport.


Southern reaches agreement with ASLEF

Southern have reached agreement with ASLEF Credit: ITV

Southern Rail says it has reached agreement with ASLEF, the drivers' union, after crippling industrial action.

We are pleased to let you know that we've reached an agreement with ASLEF, the trade union that represents most of our drivers. Thank you for your patience.

We can now plan better to provide you with a more reliable service. We would like to reassure you that:

• We have more on-board staff than ever before

• This is an independently assessed safe operation

• One third of UK trains already run this way

We are undergoing the biggest modernisation programme in generations, as part of our commitment to future-proofing the busiest part of the UK rail network. We will keep you posted about future developments.

– Angie Doll, Passenger Service Director

More disruption on day two of rail strike

Services are being disrupted by the action Credit: ITV

It's day two of the RMT Union's strike on South Western Railway, Southern and the Island Line.

The walkout is part of the dispute over driver-only operated trains. South Western Railway is using a contingency timetable with buses used on some routes.

Rail passengers face disruption during strike

Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers from across the region faced difficult journeys - as they struggled to get home because of strike action by South Western Railway workers. Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

Commuters' views on rail strike

Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers face two days of disruption on the trains as guards strike on services run by South Western Railway, Island Line and Southern. It is over changes to the role of guards and having a second member of staff on trains.


Rail strike: Disruption on trains as guards walk out

There is disruption for hundreds of thousands of rail commuters in the region this morning, after some rail staff walked out on strike in a row over the role of guards and a dispute over having a second member of staff on trains.

Services operated by South Western Railway, Island Line and Southern have been affected. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse sent this from Basingstoke railway station.

Two days of misery for rail passengers

Buses will replace trains on some parts of the network.

Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers face two days of misery from this morning as guards strike at South Western Railway, Island Line and Southern.

Here is the impact:

South Western Railway usually run 1,700 trains a day with 650,000 passengers, the busiest commuter network in Europe covering Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire.

The company will use managers and other staff trained as guards to run about sixty per cent of trains but that means around 700 services are cancelled.

All routes that have trains will see fewer running with fifty per cent less on some lines including Salisbury to Waterloo.

  • Yeovil Junction – Exeter St. Davids.
  • Salisbury – Eastleigh via Chandler’s Ford (Great Western Railway run services will run from Southampton to Salisbury via Romsey).
  • Virginia Water – Weybridge (via Chertsey).
  • Ascot – Guildford (via Camberley and Aldershot).No trains in service on this specific route.
  • Check and for other routes to / from London.Poole – Weymouth

More disruption in row over driver-only trains

Hundreds of thousands of South Western Railway passengers are facing two days of major disruption from midnight on Tuesday. The RMT union says South Western Railway refuses to guarantee guards on every train.

The action on Wednesday and Thursday will also see more strikes at Southern in the ongoing row over driver-only trains. Ahead of the action, both sides in the dispute have been talking to our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse

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