Police appeal for help tracing suspected Brighton burglar

Sussex Police issued an appeal for help tracing a burglary suspect today (Friday 23 June).    The force said: “Police are searching for Nicholas Cooney, who is wanted on suspicion of committing two burglaries in Brighton. “Officers would like to speak to the...
Posted On 23 Jun 2017 at 10:12 pm

Southern plans revised timetable as train drivers prepare for overtime ban

Southern said that it would operate a revised timetable if the company’s train drivers go ahead with a proposed overtime ban from next Thursday (29 June). The company said: “Southern Railway plans to operate a revised timetable that would give passengers more reliable services if...
Posted On 23 Jun 2017 at 1:51 pm

Bishop of Chichester responds to report into handling of abuse claims against Peter Ball

The Bishop of Chichester Martin Warner has responded to a report about the church’s failings when claims of sexual abuse were made against the former Bishop of Lewes Peter Ball. Dr Warner said: “We who serve in the diocese of Chichester welcome the report of the independent...
Posted On 23 Jun 2017 at 2:36 am

Top national architecture prize awarded to Brighton i360

The Brighton i360 has been awarded one of the leading architectural prizes in the country. The Brighton seafront attraction, which opened last summer, is one of 49 buildings to receive a 2017 RIBA National Award for architectural excellence. The RIBA (Royal Institute of British...
Posted On 22 Jun 2017 at 10:22 pm

RMT calls another 24-hour strike in dispute with Southern

The RMT guards’ union has called another 24-hour strike in its long-running dispute with train company Southern. The union said that guards and drivers would strike “over the safety impact of the extension of driver only operation (DOO) and the removal of guards from services”....
Posted On 22 Jun 2017 at 5:25 pm

Unions respond to Gibb report

The two main rail unions have responded to the Gibb report which was published by the Department for Transport (DfT) this morning (Thursday 22 June). The RMT guards’ union described the report as a government “fit up”. RMT general secretary Mick Cash said. “No wonder the...
Posted On 22 Jun 2017 at 2:17 pm

Grenfell Tower cladding has not been used on Brighton council tower blocks

The cladding used on Grenfell Tower has not been used on any high-rise blocks of flats owned by Brighton and Hove City Council. The council said: “We can confirm that none of the cladding on local council high-rise blocks is made from the same material, or supplied by the same...
Posted On 22 Jun 2017 at 12:58 pm

Train service is improving and will get better, says Transport Secretary in response to Gibb report

The train service for passengers from Brighton and Hove was not good enough last year but it is improving, the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said this morning (Thursday 22 June). Mr Grayling, responding to the Gibb report, which was published this morning, vowed more...
Posted On 22 Jun 2017 at 12:15 pm

Gibb report criticises rail unions and DfT

The Gibb report has been published this morning (Thursday 22 June). It blames the rail unions for many of the problems of the past year and a half on the railways. It also criticises the Department for Transport (DfT) for not listening to Network Rail’s concerns about the...
Posted On 22 Jun 2017 at 10:59 am

Southern train drivers hold fresh strike ballot

Train drivers are holding a fresh strike ballot, Southern said this morning (Thursday 22 June). The train company said that the train driver’ union ASLEF had notified the company that voting would start next Thursday (29 June) and close on Thursday 13 July. If drivers vote to...
Posted On 22 Jun 2017 at 10:12 am