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Rail passenger numbers rise in South East

The Office of Rail and Road has published its latest Regional Rail Usage.

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The total number of journeys for the South East was 303.8 million in 2017-18, an increase of 1.2% compared to the previous year.

Journeys between the South East and other regions rose by 0.4% in 2017-18, to 221.6 million. Journeys to/from London, which accounted for over 90% of all journeys between the South East and other regions, increased by 0.2%.

This is the lowest growth in journeys between London and the South East since 2009-10.

The reduction in season ticket usage in 2017-18, and the decrease in passenger journeys on GTR services may have had an impact on the number of passenger journeys between the London and the South East.

Journeys to/from Kent, which account for 20% for journeys to/from the South East and other regions, increased by 1.8%.

Journeys within the South East rose by 3.5% in 2017-18, to 82.2 million. The Surrey, East and West Sussex area (which includes Brighton), accounted for 42% of journeys within the South East and increased by 5.3% in 2017-18

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Give Crawley back its police, demands towns council leader

Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb has called for the Prime Minister to return funding to Crawley’s police after he says new figures show cuts to police budgets are much higher than the new funding recently announced.

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In a press statement Cllr Lamb says that Sussex Police have lost 32.3% of their funding from central government, leaving local policing in a weakened state.

Speaking about the state of policing in Crawley, Cllr Lamb said:

“Following the loss of frontline officers, crime and antisocial behaviour are now the top issues residents raise with me on the doorstep. They are tired of seeing it in our town centre and across Crawley’s neighbourhoods. Only the police have the power to end the decline and only the Government has the funding to give us the officers we need.

“We deserve more from our Prime Minister than empty promises, it’s time he learnt to keep his word and gave Crawley back its police.”

Crawley Labour adds that this news comes on the back of recent revelations that despite 98% of police officers lost from the service in recent years having been cut from the frontline, around 7,000 police recruits will never see frontline duty.

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