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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 12 September

Live Reporting

By Stuart Maisner and Claire Cottingham

All times stated are UK

Get involved

That's it from us

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Thank you for getting involved today.

I'm sure we'll be returning to this issue again in the future.

You can still get involved on Twitter using #BBCRail, send us a message on Facebook or email us.    

RMT in the hotseat

On BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey, Paul Cox from the RMT union is in the hotseat.

He's taking your questions about the dispute between the union and Southern rail.

What's your question about their role in the dispute and the affect it has on passengers? Tweet @bbcsussex or call 03459 57 00 57. You can listen here.

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Southern rail strike: 'A real pain' say parents

These parents in Bexhill were affected by the Southern strikes last week.    

How are rail strikes, delays and cancellations affecting your life?

You can send us your thoughts on Twitter using #BBCRail, send us a message on Facebook or email us.  

Your rail stories

BBC Radio Kent is taking your calls about the rail travel experience this morning.

You can get in touch of 03459 811111.

Here's a selection of what some callers have had to say already:

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RMT union takes your questions

On BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey from 09:00 BST, Paul Cox from the RMT union is in the hotseat.

Hes taking your questions about the dispute between the union and Southern rail.

What's your question about their role in the dispute and the affect it has on passengers? Tweet @bbcsussex or call 03459 57 00 57. You can listen here.

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'First delay of the day'

It's been quite a good morning on the trains for BBC Surrey's Jack Fiehn - but he's just experienced his first delay. 

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'My train has been cancelled'

BBC Sussex's Simon Jenkins travelled from Seaford to London Victoria this morning.

Now he's trying to get back - and his train has been cancelled.

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All lines now open after problem at Redhill

Here's an update from Southern rail.

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'My experience has been excellent'

Not everyone's unhappy with their rail journeys.

BBC Surrey's Jack Fiehn spoke to this commuter at Leatherhead.

Southern worker speaks out

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Southern and the RMT union are in dispute over the role of conductors and the introduction of more Driver Only Operated Trains.

A Southern guard has given an anonymous interview to Inside Out, saying he believes the move isn’t safe.

You can see the interview on BBC One at 19:30 BST tonight.

Southern train
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Lifeline for unpaid ambulance drivers

Ambulance drivers in Sussex who’ve not been paid in full this month will have some respite – after their Union stepped in.

The GMB union, which represents workers at Docklands Medical Services, will give them each a £100 supermarket voucher.

Docklands Medical Services provides ambulances and drivers to Coperforma’s patient transport service in Sussex, and says cash flow issues have led to late payments for staff.  

'Why can't they sit down to find an agreement?'

This commuter at Arundel station is frustrated that Southern and the RMT union can't sit round a table and come to an agreement.

Sympathy or anger? The view from the street

The Southern rail dispute has been drawn out and divides opinion.

Here's a snapshot of opinions from people we spoke to on the streets of Brighton.

Commuting on the railways: How is it for you?

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

With the news this morning that commuters spend over 10% of their disposable income on annual rail season tickets, I'm out at Nottingham station to find out what your experiences are like.

nottingham station
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If you see me, say hello!

Alternatively get in touch via email, Facebook and Twitter.

'I've been waiting for months for my appointment'

Latvian Elena Mikhaylova, who lives in Brighton, couldn't get to London for her long-awaited residency appointment because of last week's strike on the Southern network.

Call Jules on BBC Radio Kent

Julia George is asking: do you think train travel is good value for money?

She'll be taking calls after 09:00 BST.

You can listen here.

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'Busy on the Seaford to London service'

BBC Sussex's reporter Simon Jenkins is speaking to commuters travelling to London this morning.

And it's standing room only for some.

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'Journeys to London Victoria are appalling'

BBC Surrey's Political Reporter Jack Fiehn is travelling from Guildford to London this morning.

This is what one commuter just told him.

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Southern strike timeline

Those affected probably don't want to be reminded of what's happened.

But just in case, how many of these strikes have disrupted your travel this year?

Please get in touch on Twitter using #BBCRail, on Facebook or send us an email.    

Sussex's rail services back to normal 'in weeks not months'

That's what BBC Sussex's Political Reporter Ben Weisz has been told by the Rail Minister.

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'It's affecting my business'

It's not only commuters who have been affected by strike action on the Southern network.

Heather Barrie runs Harrie's coffee bar at Arundel station in West Sussex.

She says the strikes have left her out of pocket.    

The RMT in the hotseat

On BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey after 09:00 BST, Paul Cox from the RMT union will be in the hotseat.

He'll be taking your questions about the dispute between the union and Southern rail.

What's your question about their role in the dispute and the affect it has on passengers? Tweet @bbcsussex or call 03459 57 00 57. You can listen after 09:00 BST here.

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BBC

A journey from Surrey to Waterloo

BBC Surrey's Political Reporter Jack Fiehn is travelling into Waterloo this morning. 

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A (faster than normal) trip to Lewes

Here's BBC Sussex's Simon Jenkins' sped up video of his train into Lewes.

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How late was your train?

Daniel Wainwright

Data unit - English regions

I've been looking at Govia Thameslink Railway's performance in terms of how many of its trains have been late.

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'On the whole it's not too bad from here'

Jack Fiehn

I spoke to this rail passenger at Guildford station this morning.

And he's quite happy with the service he gets.

A view from Sussex

BBC Sussex reporter Simon Jenkins is travelling on the 06:54 service from Seaford. #BBCRail

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'Since April I've had to say goodnight to my daughter on the phone'

There's been months of misery for Southern passengers - with not just the strikes but also bus replacement services brought in during temporary timetables.

These commuters were on the bus replacement service from Seaford to Lewes in East Sussex last week.

And it's having a big impact on their lives.

The scene at Guildford station

BBC Surrey's Political Reporter Jack Fiehn is travelling from Guildford station this morning.

It's relatively quiet there at the moment.

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Train lateness through the years

Daniel Wainwright

Data unit - English regions

It's not as bad as a few years ago...

Graphic showing train lateness
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Sussex MP secures rail debate

Henry Smith, the MP for Crawley in West Sussex, has secured a debate on rail services in the South East tonight.

He said: "I’m looking forward to continuing to stand up for local passengers who further endure delays, disruption and industrial action at the hands of GTR and the RMT union."

The debate is expected to start in the House of Commons at about 22:00 BST.

Henry Smith
Henry Smith

Southern commuters 'not happy'

We spoke to Southern commuters at Brighton station during last week's 48-hour strike.

It's fair to say they weren't happy. 

'People have had to leave their jobs'

That's according to Summer Dean from the Association of British Commuters.

She says strikes and cancellations for Southern customers has been going on for far too long. 

'I never got to see my family'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Meet the man who gave up his job in London because the commute got so bad.      

We'll be speaking to commuters travelling by train in Sussex, Surrey and Kent throughout the morning.

Please get in touch on Twitter using #BBCRail, on Facebook or send us an email.