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Tonight, Southern rail commuters prepare for more disruption as Aslef

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drivers know I'm strike tomorrow. We will be live in Eastbourne with the

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latest. How well has the Newtown of Crawley

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lived up to its founders' expectations?

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And it is turning much colder by Thursday with the risk of snow

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showers. Southern rail commuters

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are preparing for a day of total disruption tomorrow,

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as Aslef union members begin It comes despite a meeting

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between Sussex MPs and the Transport Secretary this afternoon,

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where the deadlock in the long-running dispute

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over the introduction of Driver Only Operation

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on trains was discussed. Following our debate programme,

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aired earlier this evening, there have been discussions

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between Southern bosses and the RMT union -

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but no indication yet that either Our political editor

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Helen Catt reports. Passengers returning home tonight

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know this evening is the last time they will be able to catch

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a train for at least 48 hours, as Southern drivers

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prepare to walk out again. Their union says an offer to join

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any new talks has not I have not been invited,

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I'm not sure what the We have had correspondence

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seeking talks based said that we will not be shackled

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by any preconditions. At a special BBC South East

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debate screened earlier, Southern and the conductors' union,

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the RMT, repeatedly clashed over the key issue in the disputes,

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whether or not it is safe to run We are not removing a second

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person from the train. There will be a second

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safety-trained person There will be a second

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safety-trained person on more trains than there were at the start

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of this dispute. Tell the public you will

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guarantee a safety-critical We will roster a second

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safety-trained person on as many trains as had

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them before this debate. After the recording finished,

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they went into discussion and it was recognised

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that there is a need Tonight, the RMT told us lines

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of communication remained open. We are definitely

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looking for a solution. We think there is a solution

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that is viable and there are We hope that Southern get together

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with us when we meet with the same attitude,

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the can-do attitude to getting a resolution

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to the dispute that everybody How many more people have to leave

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their jobs or lose their jobs and have their family life

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significantly disrupted May I add, these are not

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down to just strikes, they were bad before

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the strikes started. In Westminster tonight, more talks

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between South East MPs and the Transport Secretary.

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He is under no illusion that the performance of Southern has

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been not good of the last 18 months and he has said he will tackle that.

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Once this is resolved, we need to tackle performance

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But for angry, frustrated passengers facing another week

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of reduced services, talk without action

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Well, from tomorrow passengers face more disruption,

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as the drivers' union Aslef start three days of strikes this week,

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with three further days planned later this month.

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Let's join our reporter John Young now, who's

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to the dispute tomorrow that could see passengers who use

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Southeastern trains sucked into this dispute?

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Yes, very bad news if you rely on South-eastern Trains. Your trains

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might be much more crowded than usual, because Southern and laying

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on buses to take their passengers via text hill to Hastings. In Arc

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and Crowborough buses will be taking passengers to Tunbridge Wells. In

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Oxton there will be buses heading to Southern eats -- Southern Oaks --

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Sevenoaks. Southern said they want only essential travellers to use the

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services because they say tomorrow it will be exceptionally busy with

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the buses and on South-eastern Trains.

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We can return to our political editor, Helen Catt, now.

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Helen, has there been any change in the political

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Not really. The government has been pretty consistently sticking to the

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line that the unions need to back down, we heard that repeated earlier

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Worthing and shorten. If anything Worthing and shorten. If anything

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that has hardened since last week when the regulator Rip -- produced

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its second report saying that with some changes that Southern needs to

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put in place driver only services are safe. The Prime Minister is a

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crow spokesman said that Theresa May still thinks the Southern strikes

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are still creating unfair disruption the people. -- the Prime Minister's

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Questions spokesman. If you And if you missed the debate you can

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see it on the BBC iPlayer - search for Southern Rail Crisis -

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and you can join the debate on our Facebook page and on Twitter

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using the hashtag @SouthernStrike, on our Facebook page and on Twitter

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using the hashtag #SouthernStrike, and our Local Live pages are also

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covering the story. Brighton health bosses say

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they are going to stop funding prescriptions of painkillers

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for some, in a bid to save half The Brighton and Hove Clinical

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Commissioning Group say they want people to think more before

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they book a GP appointment - and say that the savings made by not

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incurring prescription costs for cheaper drugs such

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as paracetamol will help The historic Leas Lift

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in Folkestone could close The Health and Safety Executive says

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the braking system on the Victorian water-powered lift is unsafe,

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and the operators say improvements costing ?80,000

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would be too expensive. 70 years ago the Government made

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the formal decision that 6,000 acres of Sussex farmland should be given

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over to the creation of a new town, based around the ancient

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village of Crawley. Today more than 100,000

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people live there. As Piers Hopkirk reports,

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the experience of building new towns has shaped our planning system ever

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since. NEWSREEL: On the Kent and Sussex

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border, only 30 miles from London, Its population is around 7000

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and its quaint old high street with its timbered houses is among

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the most picturesque in Britain. It is 70 years to the day

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since Crawley was chosen A giant expansion in rural

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development to ease overcrowding I have much pleasure in opening this

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road and in naming it Manor Royal. Designed to provide homes for both

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families and business, Crawley was a place that

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would arrive on the map The New Town was designed

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by Anthony Minoprio and today his son returned to see

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again his father's vision. How proud was your father

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of what he had created here? If you produce a town with parks

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and trees and shrubs and nice things to look out,

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it is going to be a very nice place to live, and my father was always

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very keen that the towns that he created should be

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user-friendly and that he would The town's growth has been matched

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and indeed fuelled by the expansion A report today suggested Gatwick

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could support an extra The future of Crawley as a great

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New Town success and Gatwick Around a third of Gatwick's giant

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workforce comes from Crawley. So what do the New Town's

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new generation think I think it has attracted a load

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of different people, we have a great local economy now

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and I think it is a really attractive place for

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people to come and live. Recently Crawley has had a lot

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of investment into the town centre and the surrounding area and it has

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got a lot better. Seven new garden towns

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are on the way, including Ebbsfleet in Kent, but it was Crawley

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that was at the forefront Brighton have drawn Lincoln

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or Ipswich Town in the fourth The Seagulls' away fixture will be

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played between the 27th In a moment the national

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weather forecast but first let's get the picture

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in the South East by Thursday there is the risk of

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some snow. It is a week of two halves, we start very mild, breezy,

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potentially rain at times. By Thursday a slightly drier picture

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but with the risk of wintry showers. Through tonight there has been some

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rain, that has cleared. We start the day tomorrow dry and bright and

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actually quite mild. By the afternoon we will see a bit more

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cloud cover, potentially a bit of drizzle as well, and relatively

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mild, potentially highs of nine or ten along the coast. A westerly

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breeze stays with us through tomorrow night, rain for a time

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which clears through. Behind it, overnight temperatures six or 7

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degrees. Mostly dry for Wednesday. As we head through the afternoon the

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westerly winds go to a northerly direction, Italy colder over into

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Thursday. precipitation we get will be of a

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wintry nation and Thursday is one we have to watch out for. The weekend

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outlook, it stays chilly with a northerly wind and possibly frosty

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nights. The national weather forecast

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