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Southern has been shortlisted for a number of awards at this year’s Community Rail awards, recognising a range of community and passenger improvement programmes.

The awards, organised by the Association of Community Rail Partnership Awards, provide an opportunity to recognise the unsung heroes and heroines of the community rail world, recognising hard work and dedication.

Southern has been shortlisted as finalists in the following categories:

Community Art Schemes – Renewable and Small Projects – Purley station subway art mural, which saw Southern work with a local school to produce a stunning piece of art to brighten up the subway. The work was the suggestion of one of the local team and the children used the local town and its location as the inspiration for the mural.

Most Enhanced Station Building – Development of Hassocks station. Over recent years Hassocks station has been transformed, with a brand new building, which is both modern and blended into the local area, and made accessible, with new lifts. Alongside this the station’s partnership has provided beautiful flowers and the new cycle hub includes a community-run bike hire shop.

Passengers Matter – This Is Me campaign, brought together feedback from passengers with access needs to create posters, leaflets and videos. For staff this has become part of the training and team brief process. The material was also used to promote the assistance services Southern offer to passengers. The campaign has been extremely well received, with our assistance feedback improving to an even higher standard.

Southern is also shortlisted with the Sussex Community Rail Partnership (SCRP) for two projects: the National Citizenship Project art mural at London Road (Brighton) and Chatsmore art project. The SCRP works closely with Southern across the south of the network and has a further four shortlistings with other partners too.

Winners of the awards will be announced on 1st October.

E-cigarettes have split opinions across the UK and Southern Rail will introduce a ban across all services as well as at stations. From the 26th of July, passengers will not be able to use the devices on trains or on stations that are operated by the company.

The operator runs the Gatwick Express service and so it brings these companies and other firms in line with the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise. Overall, Southern manages 156 stations in London, Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Kent. Its passengers make an average of 446,500 journeys per day on the trains, the firm stated.

Other businesses have already banned e-cigarettes and this includes Thameslink and Great Northern as well as Transport for London.

Not only are transportation services banning e-cigarettes, but also people will be banned from using the devices in enclosed spaces in Wales. This includes restaurants, pubs, taxis, lorries and at work and is likely to come into effect during 2017. This plan has divided opinions between health and medical groups, which includes some anti-smoking campaigners.

A grand total of 2.6 million adults use e-cigarettes in Britain and so the new laws in Wales as well as the ban of them on rail services is bound to cause controversy.

Posted by: In: News, Transport 28 Feb 2014 Comments: 0 Tags: , , ,

If you’ve had to head up to London recently you may have found it a bit arduous at best when travelling by train. This has been due to landslips caused by the huge amount of rainfall we’ve had over the last couple of months. The good news is that the delays that commuters and other travellers from Hastings to London have had to endure are nearly over.

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A normal service to London is about to resume

SouthEastern have today informed Business in Hastings that the Hastings to London line will be partially reopened over the weekend and fully operational on Monday 3rd March.

This means no more replacement bus services and journey times should go back to what they were during normal service. Incidentally there have been three landslips, one near Battle, another at Stonegate and also at Wadhurst.

Here’s what’s happening this weekend and next week.

  • The line between Wadhurst and Robertsbridge will be running as normal from Saturday 1st March 2014.
  • A replacement bus service will continue over the weekend for the other stations mentioned above.
  • The line is expected to be fully open on Monday 3rd March 2014 and normal service is expected to resume.

Have you been affected by the landslip? Let us know in the comment below or join the conversation on our Facebook page here.