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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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‘Blood all over the road’ Stabbing in Broadfield last night only 150 yards from Primary School closes road

The cordon is not expected to be lifted till the afternoon.

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Police have cordoned off part of Seymour Road in Broadfield as they investigate a stabbing.

It occurred last night only 150 yards from a Primary School.

Officers were informed by ambulance a man had been injured in Seymour Road, Broadfield around 1.25am on Friday (May 24).

The victim, a local man in his 40s, was walking home when he was approached by another man, who had his face covered, and assaulted. He was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

A scene guard currently remains in place.

Chief Inspector Rosie Ross said:

We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the assault or thinks they saw the victim either before or after the incident.

“We are relying on witnesses to provide first-hand accounts of the assault which is vital to aid our investigation.

“Serious violent crime in Crawley, which is not associated with other types of criminality, is rare.

“Communities will see an increase in high visibility patrols and we are encouraging witnesses to speak to those officers with any information they have.”

One resident said:

“I live yards from this and didn’t hear a thing last night. There’s blood all over the road!”

Anyone who witnessed the assault or has information on the incident is asked to report online or call 101 quoting Operation Gull.

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