27 SEPTEMBER 2010
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SOUTHERN RAILWAY is to introduce re-furbished trains on the popular local Brighton to Portsmouth service without a toilet facility. The firm said trains would run in areas with short journeys where most people travel for less than half an hour. A journey from Portsmouth to Brighton can take up to an hour and a half. Independent rail passenger watchdog Passenger Focus said the decision was a blow for passengers who were elderly, had medical conditions and travelled with children. Railways Union chief Bob Crow called the move "unacceptable" and said it runs the risk of turning carriages into "stinking cattle trucks" creating appalling conditions for passengers and staff. A Southern Railway spokeswoman said the new trains would have a "refreshed interior" including new seats and flooring, a passenger information system and flexible spaces for wheelchairs and cycles. www.southernrailway.com
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