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There could be light at the end of a very long tunnel for users

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of Southern Rail after a new deal was agreed to bring an end

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to a long-running bitter dispute and strikes.

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But - and it's a big but - it has to be agreed by Aslef Union

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members, and there's no guarantee that'll happen.

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It's all over who's job it is to open and closes train doors.

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We can cross now to Victoria Station to speak to Louisa Preston,

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That is right. A deal has been made between the Aslef union and Southern

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Railway. We are in the same position last month, at the beginning of

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February. As you say, Aslef's members didn't agree to the deal, so

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it didn't go-ahead. Both sides have been back at the table and any

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concerns have been addressed. Now this bitter dispute has been

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paralysing one of the busiest train lines after days of strike action in

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the row over the role of staff on trains. Southern wants drivers not

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conductors closing the doors. The unions say that is not safe. It has

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affected commuters lives. Some have given up their jobs because they

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can't face the stress of knowing whether they can get into work or

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out again. I have spoke to commuters here tonight. Many are dubious as to

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whether this agreement will make a difference at all.

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We don't have a Tube station near us, it's just the overground.

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So, if we can't get on that, then we can't get into London.

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We've decided to buy out of London, so we're changing our train line

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to South Eastern because it's more reliable as well than Southern.

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They always seem to be coming to an agreement and my commute

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So it doesn't really make any difference.

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When will commuters know for sure whether the dispute has ended or

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not? Well, this is where it gets complicated because the RMT union is

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also in dispute with Southern. Even if the Aslef members agree to this

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deal, it doesn't mean that this problem is going to be resolved.

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Aslef members are set to be balloted before the 3rd April. We are meant

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to find out the result on the 3rd April, they will be balloted in the

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next few weeks. There is still an extremely long way to go. As we

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know, back in February, Aslef were extremely confident that its members

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would go-ahead with this deal. We will have to wait and see what

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happens. OK, Victoria, it's Louise not Victoria. Thank you.

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Survivors of last year's tram crash in south London,

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which claimed seven lives, have expressed relief at the fact

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that Transport for London and the tram operator have begun

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It means they won't have to go through a civil trial,

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but there's still a long way to go before any compensation gets paid.

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Our transport correspondent, Tom Edwards, has been

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On board the tram when it derailed, Matthew Parnell's life,

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since that day, in his words, has been destroyed.

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He suffered a serious head injury in the crash and because of that

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he's had his driving licence suspended and now he's

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In a way, I've kind of had my fatherhood taken away.

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It's a total nightmare, absolute nightmare.

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I was just travelling to work, a normal day,

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As a result of it, it's pretty much destroyed our lives.

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And he's one of many who want and need financial compensation.

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Seven passengers died and 51 were injured last November

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when the tram derailed on a sharp corner travelling at three

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Now, the operator and Transport for London have admitted liability.

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This is the first step in a long legal process,

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but it is still nonetheless significant that Transport

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for London and the operator have admitted liability

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What it means is, the families of those who died and the survivors

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will now not have to endure a civil trial.

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Lawyers say there will still be a long journey ahead for those

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What it means is they'll no longer have the burden of having

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That's the requirement if they are to be able to secure

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compensation for their injuries and for reimbursement in respect

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So it's good news from that point of view.

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Matthew Parnell says he doesn't know what the future holds or how long

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Answers as to why the tram was travelling so fast

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An artist in north London, who created and put-up

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original road signs, has apologised to the Jewish

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community for any offence he may have caused when one of them

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was interpreted by some as being anti-Semitic.

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The sign went up in Stamford Hill, close to a synagogue.

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Earlier, I went to meet the artist to ask him about the sign.

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Warning, children crossing, give way, but what do you make of this?

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Is it a road sign, an anti-Semitic image or a work of art?

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Well, among Jews in Stamford Hill, close to where it was put

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It's a sign which shouldn't be there.

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It's a sign which traumatises a large and important

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segment of the community in this neighbourhood.

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The range of fake road signs were a work of art by a French

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He certainly didn't mean for the wannabe orthodox Jew to be

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We are so full of identity in London and I feel sad.

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So, you know, my big thing, is you know, it is no...

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For me, it's more about how amazing it is their character.

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It was nothing or attack to one person or one community.

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I see what London's made of it, all these communities around.

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It's certainly got the community in this part of London talking,

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even though it was just the one sign with a Jew, no others have

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So as far as others are concerned, is it anti-Semitic?

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Not at all because this one of the most popular

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But a formal complaint was made to police.

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What would you say to somebody who is offended by that

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sign of an orthodox Jew near the synagogue?

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I apologise for hurting their feelings, but wasn't

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This is definitely, I want to stop this.

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The Metropolitan Police asked to speak to Frank minutes

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I will keep you informed with what happens.

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The introduction of Crossrail is the biggest infrastructure

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project for London since the turn of the millennium, but its boost

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for jobs and business go far beyond the M25.

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In Derby, for instance, Crossrail trains are being built,

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but there they warn that Brexit could mean any future

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contracts are that much more expensive.

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Things have looked shakey for the firm Bombardier

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until Crossrail came along, now it's booming.

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The first half a dozen trains have already been delivered,

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they'll soon be making one a week here, 60 in all.

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That's meant jobs and apprenticeships and opportunities.

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Without contracts like Crossrail, I wouldn't be going to university.

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There probably wouldn't be as many jobs available,

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but they've been made available, so it's given me the opportunity

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This is exactly why London's politicians and transport bosses

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like to stress that infrastructure in the capital has wider benefits.

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We hadn't got nothing until this order come through.

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We got bits and bobs, finishing orders.

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So to win this here gave us that stability.

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I can only speak for my wife, because that keeps me employed.

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But the benefits fan out much further.

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This firm builds the fibreglass exterior of the Crossrail driver's

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A company down the road does the painting, 40 staff here.

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This major supplier, with 80 workers, builds the steel

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safety frame for the cab and much more as well.

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We've designed, manufacturered and we will be installing this train

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The boss here says it's hard for him to plan ahead.

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I can't invest in apprentices and the skills we need to go forward

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without a good order book and feel the strength of the order book.

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10,000 different components go into a Crossrail train and there's

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a worry about extra tariffs and restrictions after Brexit.

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Primarily about cost, but secondly about delay.

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We can't tolerate components being held at ports

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That just builds in delay to the process.

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What are the impacts potentially, from where you're sitting there,

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of Brexit, say, on future infrastructure

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projects on London, Crossrail 2, is it going to be

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To the degree that there are tariffs on our business,

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I guess we'd have to try and pass those on to the customer.

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Contracts will start becoming more expensive?

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But these carriages are what links them in wanting a good Brexit deal.

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That's it for now from me, but let's find out what the weather's up

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Decent, perfect. Not so perfect tomorrow, we are back to reality

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reality. It will be cloudier, not just as warm. The rain will hold off

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until late on in the day. Dry out there at the moment. Some clear

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skies, but with time it will turn mistier. There will be fog around,

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over the high ground. Watch out for that. There will be areas of low

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cloud pushing in from the west. Not cold, temperatures down to six or

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seven degrees in some places. There could be a foggy start to high

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ground, it should lift. Brightness to the east of London, not as sunny

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as today. By the end of the day, dampness will turn up out west.

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Mild, but not as mild as it has been. The outlook, rain around, if

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it stays dry I will be surprised. it stays dry I will be surprised.

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Here is Nick with the national

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