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The new route for HS2 is announced - the second part of the high speed


The route links Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds,


It'll be easier for us to do business on a national scale,


it'll be easier for us to attract clients to our offices here,


and for us to recruit talent from around the country.


But it's not universally welcomed - the line will run right


Why build a new housing estate and then potentially knock it down? We


are short of houses already. Where will we move to? We are in limbo.


HS2 has been a project dogged by delays and controversy -


we'll be assessing the winners and losers of the new route.


A terminally-ill man battles in the courts for the right


With slightly different approaches to paperwork -


the second round of formal Brexit talks gets underway.


An extra ?1.3 billion for schools in England -


but the money has to come from education savings.


City of Culture Hull gets listed status for the famous Humber Bridge,


And coming up in Sportsday on BBC News.


Olivia Breen makes it nine golds for Britain


at the World Para-athletic championships in London,


with more medal prospects later today too.


Good evening and welcome to the BBC News At Six.


The routes for the second stage of the new HS2 high speed rail


Trains will run from Birmingham on two lines -


one serving the north west and major cities like Manchester


and Liverpool - the other serving the East Midlands


The first trains are not expected to run until 2026.


For years there have been disagreements about exactly


Now some properties on a new housing estate in Mexborough


in South Yorkshire will have to be bulldozed to make way for it.


Here's our transport correspondent, Richard Westcott.


It's the Trainline that splits people write down the middle. For


supporters, it will boost the economy and bridge the North-South


divide. Critics say costs will spiral and benefits are overblown.


And there's the ?56 billion price tag. We don't have the investment we


need in the future to increase the capacity of our transport system to


increase economic development. Contracts have just been awarded for


the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham, worth nearly


?7 billion and creating 16,000 jobs. That first section will not open for


another nine years. There's been another big HS2 announcement today,


several years late. They have finally put out the route that goes


from Birmingham up to Manchester on one side and Sheffield and Leeds on


the other. It goes right through this brand-new housing estate. In


fact, right through Ben's house. We have been told that the route will


cut through from the show houses, through my property and through my


neighbour's property. We were not told this when we bought the house.


Why build a housing estate and then knock it down? We are short of


houses anyway. Where do we then moved to? Just over the road, the


line could also cut through Karen's farm. We spoke to her last year, and


she was livid. I am not moving anywhere. I will fight this until


death. Today, I'm gutted, to think that we have put all this, over 40


odd years into what we've got... You were fuming last time we were here.


What has happened since then? Have they been to see you? No, nothing.


Too much gone into this over years. You know, I could never imagine


living anywhere else. HS2 creates losers, but it makes winners as


well, like this small digital marketing company in Nottingham. It


will be easier for us to do business on a national scale, easier for us


to attract clients to our offices here, and to attract talent from


around the country, who will be willing to relocate here or even


commute from other cities. The first Leeds HS2 train will not depart for


another 16 years. Plenty of time for opponents to fight the plans.


We can talk to Richard in Mexborough now. So the new line is going to run


right through the middle of that housing estate. But as you said in


your piece, some winners as well. Always winners and losers. Everyone


is coming home tonight to this letter. We can confirm your property


will remain within the area, which has been safeguarded for the future


of the railway. The words they didn't want to hear. You can see


some trees there. The line will come straight through there. They have


stopped building some houses here, because they knew it was the


potential route. We think these two houses on the end will go, but the


houses next to them, would they stay? They are potentially going to


be near a 20 metre high railway viaduct, so they are coming home to


that dreadful news. No one is really sure what to do. HS2 does have its


supporters as well. It is very politically popular. All the main


political parties support it, the unions and council leaders as well.


They are convinced that this is one of the key answers to boost the


economy and to bridge that North-South divide. There is going


to be very close scrutiny of the costs concerned, but when you talk


to people who are directly affected by the line, then number one


complaint is the lack of information, the waiting four years


in limbo not knowing what's happening to their house. And that


is what is happening too many hundreds of people on this estate


tonight. Richard, thank you. Schools in England are to get a ?1.3


billion bailout over two years - but the money will have to come


from savings elsewhere The announcement by


the Education Secretary, Justine Greening, follows


protests by headteachers and MPs that schools have been


facing unsustainable cuts. Labour has criticised


the move as nothing more Our education correspondent,


Gillian Hargreaves, reports. Only yesterday, another protest from


teachers and parents who say their schools need more money. For months,


heads have written letters and parents protested, from the


south-east of England to the north-west. Today, Justine Greening


acted on an election pledge to double it more money from civil


service in London to schools across England. The additional funding I am


setting out today, together with the National funding formula, will


provide schools with the funding they need to offer a world-class


education to every single child. There will be an additional ?1.3


billion for schools and high need across 2018-19. School spending will


rise from ?41 billion in 2017 to ?43.5 billion by 2020. No secondary


school pupil will have less than ?4800 spent on their schooling.


Plans to reallocate spending, which would have seen losses for some


schools, especially in inner cities, will now seek cash to games. The


devil will be in the detail. It is not universal. We will have to see


what the impact is elsewhere. Although the money will be welcomed,


schools are facing rising bills for teachers pay and pensions, and


running costs. This extra investment will come from money already set


aside for education. I welcome the ?1.3 billion announced today, but


can the Secretary of State confirm if it will affect per-pupil budgets


in real terms, just the overall budget? This is all being funded


without a penny of new money from the Treasury. The government has


been galvanised to dig in its pockets because of frustration in


classrooms across England, and anger at the school gate. Whether it will


be enough to help relieve the pressure on class sizes and teachers


jobs still unclear. The second round of formal talks


on Britain's departure from the EU The Brexit Secretary,


David Davis, says it's time to get down to business,


focussing on EU citizens' rights, the so-called divorce bill


from the EU, and the Irish border. Meanwhile, Theresa May


is to try to reimpose discipline on her senior ministers


after a series of leaks over the weekend suggesting cabinet


splits and infighting. Here's our political


editor, Laura Kuenssberg. They don't really have much time to


hang around. The two men who will haggle over how we leave. Especially


with the UK's political situation rather fluid, at best. It's


incredibly important we now make good progress and we negotiate


through this and identify the differences, so we can deal with


them, and identify the similarities, so we can reinforce them. It's time


to get to work. Now we have to work. There is a lot to do. Working out


the Irish border, the Brexit bill, writes for Brits abroad... That


government ministers don't agree completely about what should be on


the table. Perhaps that is why the Brexit secretary seemed to arrive


without his notes. Perhaps chatter around the Cabinet at home suggests


the big beasts are split. Is the cabinet split on the Brexit? We have


seen in another part of town today, I'm very pleased that negotiations


are beginning, and as you know, is very fair, serious offer has been


put on the table by the UK Government. It's not just that


government has to wrangle Brexit through Brussels and Parliament, but


deal with disagreements on public sector pay and on spending. Above


all, the disagreements have emerged into daylight because the discipline


Theresa May had imposed on the Tories has all but disappeared since


the general election. Tomorrow, she will warn the cabinet to behave, to


keep their views to themselves, but those for desire for the top job


believe the game is on. It's got to stop. Whoever is doing it, everybody


needs to get into a rather cold shower, and then get together and


have a warm pint afterwards. This is damaging. It's damaging to the


party, to the Parliamentary MPs, and to the country. Remember him, urging


the Tories today to inspire, not to look to the past? The risk to the


Tories the current generation hurt each other fighting old battles


anew. A teenage boy has appeared in court


in Stratford charged in connection with a series of acid attacks in


London. He faces charges of serious bodily harm with intent and


possession of a dangerous weapon in the form of a liquid.


A terminally ill man has begun a legal challenge


to the ban on assisted dying in England and Wales.


67-year-old Noel Conway has motor neurone disease.


He says he fears becoming entombed in his body and wants to be able


to choose when and where he dies, without those who help


Currently it is illegal to help someone to die.


Our medical correspondent, Fergus Walsh, reports.


It's an issue which polarises opinion, and keeps coming


The latest challenge is from Noel Conway from Shropshire,


who was too weak to attend today's hearing.


Motor neurone disease means he increasingly


Once fit and active, his muscles are progressively wasting.


He fears how he will die, and wants a doctor to be allowed


I want to be able to say goodbye to the people that I love


at the right time, not to be in a zombie-like condition,


suffering both physically and psychologically.


It is only three years since the Supreme Court rejected


a similar plea for a right to die from Tony Nicklinson,


though he was not considered to be terminally ill.


The blanket ban on assisted dying has been challenged many times,


and in every case, the courts have rejected the central argument


that the current law breaches human rights by preventing people


Mr Conway's lawyers argue that his challenge is different,


as it applies to a narrow group of people - those who are terminally


ill, with less than six months to live, and to have a settled


But those safeguards have already failed to persuade parliament.


It's only two years since MPs overwhelmingly rejected proposals


Baroness Jane Campbell, a disability rights campaigner,


says changing the law would send all the wrong signals,


This case must not become law because it will burden disabled


people across the country, who will not feel safe


without the protection of a law that says it is wrong


Noel Conway's health is faltering, and he knows he may die


The High Court will reserve its judgment until October,


and it may then go all the way to the Supreme Court.


The routes for the second stage of the new HS2 high speed rail


A family affair - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take


the children on an official visit to Poland.


Coming up in Sportsday on BBC News...


The morning after the historic day before.


Why eight Wimbledon titles are not enough for Roger Federer,


as he eyes the top of the world rankings again


All this year Hull is celebrating being the UK City of Culture,


and to mark the event, nine places in the city are getting


Among them, the Humber Bridge, built in 1981 and one of the largest


and most spectacular bridges in the UK.


Other locations include the flat where the poet Philip Larkin wrote


many of his best-known works, and some art nouveau public loos.


Our Arts Correspondent Colin Paterson has more.


The Humber Bridge - for years the longest single span


bridge in the world - now joining Westminster Abbey,


Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing St as a grade one listed building.


A place of exceptional architectural and historic interest.


It gives me great pleasure to unveil this plaque and declare


The new honour comes exactly 36 years to the day


The bridge cost more than ?100 million.


At the other end of the scale, something from the very


This art nouveau public convenience from 1926.


These toilets on the Hull waterfront have been chosen


because they were designed to cater for both men and women.


And most of the original fittings survived.


When I flushed the chain it felt like they were grade


Impressive? Yeah!


I mean...They could do with a bit of a clean, I reckon!


Hull has always been known by most people as the place,


as Philip Larkin put it, where only salesmen and relations


go, and perhaps they are the kind of people you meet in toilets.


And speaking of Philip Larkin, also protected from change,


the house where he lived for more than 18 years and wrote some


Walking around in the park. Should feel better than work.


The lake, the sunshine. The grass to lie on.


And the hope here is that Hull's history will have an important role


Hull did lose, sadly, a lot of good buildings


in the Second World War during the heavy


And so, things are now on the up and up and people


And so this status we are getting from the listed buildings


The Humber Bridge was only designed to have a life span of 120


years, but now its place in history is secured.


A former soldier has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for raping


and killing a schoolgirl more than 40 years after allowing another


Stephen Hough was found guilty of the manslaughter of 15 year


old Janet Commins in Flint in North Wales in 1976.


Hough's DNA, which was taken for an unrelated matter last year,


matched that retained from the crime scene.


It's taken more than 40 years for Janet's family to learn


The 15-year-old had choked during an horrific


Today former soldier Stephen Hough was brought


He'd lied to police when originally questioned back in 1976,


and continued to deny his guilt when he was arrested last year.


Stephen, are you responsible for those injuries?


Do you understand what I'm saying today with respect


to those injuries? I do.


Are you responsible for those injuries?


Stephen Hough had watched while another man,


18-year-old Noel Jones - an illiterate scrap metal dealer -


He told the jury in this trial he had been innocent,


and had confessed to Janet's manslaughter following police


If he's to clear his name, he'll have to appeal that conviction.


Janet's family say they believe justice has been done.


It has brought it all back after 41 years.


And of course, you never get over it, but you learn to live it.


To me, he can't have a conscious, this Hough, he can't


Janet's disappearance on her way home from the swimming pool had led


to a huge investigation by North Wales Police.


How it handled the case back then is now being examined


by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.


Janet's family still live just a few streets away


The area hasn't changed much over the last 40 years.


But forensic science has developed at a rapid pace,


and that's what led police to her real killer.


During a cold case review of the evidence in 2006, police


When a sample of Hough's DNA was entered on the database ten


The court heard the odds of it being anyone other than Hough's


Members of Janet's family were in court today.


They've described Hough as an animal.


Tonight he begins a 12 year sentence for a brutal attack he thought he'd


Sian Lloyd, BBC News, Mold Crown Court.


The Dutch royal family has attended a memorial ceremony in memory of


Dutch passengers who died on MH 17 after it was shot down over Ukraine


three years ago. A missile hit the fight as it travelled from Amsterdam


to Kuala Lumpur. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge


have arrived in Warsaw for the first part of an official visit to both


Poland and Germany. They brought their children,


three-year-old George and From Warsaw, our royal


correspondent Peter Hunt reports. At three, he's far too young to know


if he's a reluctant royal, but Prince George definitely wasn't


keen to embrace Warsaw One future king did persuade another


one to follow in his footsteps. On the tarmac, George struck a


nonchalant pose and practised the art ballet move. A fidgeting toddler


with a lifetime under an intense spotlight ahead of him. Princess


Charlotte's freedom of movement was constrained by being in her mother


's's arms. Does anyone speak English? The language divide isn't


the only challenge and stop here, a country that relatively recently


embraced the EU is welcoming royals from one on its way out of the


institution. The union Jack. The nitty-gritty of Brexit will not


feature here. Rather, William and Kate are in Warsaw to remind people


of the depth of parcelling sand the potential for future ones between


the UK and Poland. During the Second World War, the polls tried and


failed to an German occupation. He wore this all the time during the


uprising? Yes. This woman, aged 20, joined the Warsaw uprising. Now aged


92, she says they had to fight for independence. You couldn't stand it


any longer those from Germany. Five years, it was impossible. Be spoken


for royal with an admirer in the crowd. A crowd like this elsewhere,


curious to see the future of the British monarchy. Peter Hunt, BBC


News, Warsaw. Cricket, and England have been


thrashed by South Africa Set a massive 474 to win,


England collapsed to lose by 340 At the start of a day's


Test cricket, you must England's task was to stay


out there, hang around. Keaton Jennings didn't last ten


minutes this morning. With South Africa so far


in front, wickets take Joe Root, England's


captain, out for eight. Alastair Cook is a throwback


to a more patient age. He waits till it's


safe and then scores. While he's out there,


that's half full. Just before lunch, that


concentration cracked. Cook tricked, flicked,


momentum tipped. Many of his team-mates


thrive at shorter forms of cricket, which offer big


rewards for risk-taking. It can be difficult


to rediscover restraint. Ben Stokes earned ?1.7 million in


the Indian Premier League this year. For England's new


captain, an awakening. We need to make sure we learn


from experiences like this. If that means playing in a slightly


different manner then so be it. But I think it's important


the individuals out in the middle This test has squared the series


and also posed a question. Can England's cricketers no


longer handle the wait? Time for a look at the weather


with Chris Fawkes... Top marks, yes. It was pretty


widespread, the sunshine today. Temperatures peaking at 27, into the


80s in terms of Fahrenheit. The satellite picture tells the story of


the day's weather with sunshine pretty much up and down the whole


country, except for the far north of Scotland where we had a weather


front sliding in across the Northern isles that has brought cloudy


weather across Shetland and even some showers passing in from time to


time. Overnight we will keep the clear skies but after a warm day the


temperatures will be slow to come down. They warm night for southern


England and Wales with temperatures around 16 as a low in London, 17 in


Cardiff, and fresher conditions across the northern UK. Tomorrow,


the sustained high pressure is with us again. It has moved position


slightly, changing the wind direction. Across eastern Scotland


and in two parts of north-east England, the wind will come from the


North Sea and that means it will be cooler and fresher. Temperatures


around 5 degrees lower for some. There are winners and losers, for


West Wales, north-west England and western Scotland, a warm day, 6


degrees warmer for some. These are the temperatures you might expect in


the afternoon. 26 in London, but just to the west, the South Midlands


and Hampshire, we could see temperatures up to 2728. Going


through Tuesday evening, thunderstorms will start to break


out. Initially they will swing up across the English Channel into


southern England, then driving north across Wales, the Midlands and East


Anglia. The amount of rain we get from these downpours will be


variable from place to place however, the some areas could see


half a month of rainfall in a couple of hours. We could see localised


surface water flooding. It will feel humid with temperatures potentially


reaching 30 across the east of England. Getting to the end of the


week, the humidity will ease off, as will temperatures, and we will see


some more on settled conditions pushing in across the Northwest.


A reminder of the main story this evening. The route for the second


stage of the HS2 high-speed rail network have been confirmed, linking


Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and East Midlands.


That's all from the BBC News at Six - so it's goodbye from me -


and on BBC One, we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.