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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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Teenager attacked by burglar with bat in Tilgate home

Police are investigating an aggravated burglary in the early hours of Thursday (March 21) at a property in Gresham Walk, Crawley.

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Around 12.45am a man came into the property and attacked a 19-year-old man with a bat. He was treated at hospital for head and arm injuries.

The suspect, who fled the scene, is described as white with blonde hair and in his 20s.

Detective Inspector Colin Garman said:

“The victim has some serious, but not life threatening, injuries and remains in hospital. We are appealing to anyone who saw someone enter the property or was seen running away to contact us.”

Please contact police online quoting serial 55 of 21/03. Alternatively you can talk to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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