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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Anne Davies.
First tonight ` 0 Midlands, I'm Anne Davies.
First tonight ` a faster rail service between the region and
London that should have saved commuters' time has left passengers
furious at what they call 'broken promises'. East Midlands Trains
announced the quicker times last year but it made those 0
announced the quicker times last year but it made those promises
knowing it may not be able to deliver. Jo Healey's been
investigating. Two months ago in December at Derby
station there was quite a fanfare. The Transport Secretary announced
the new faster link to London, trains travelling at 125 miles an
hour knocking minutes off the journeys from the East Midlands. Two
weeks before the announcement, East Midlands Trains knew that network
rail had not completed critical work on the lines which could have slowed
the trains at times. Last week East Midlands Trains talked of network
rail failing to deliver the promised line speed improvements on time.
They say they underestimated the scale of the work and it was, they
said, completely unacceptable and has meant some delays. This is what
some passengers said. My last few journeys have been late which is an
issue if you have connections. Every day I come to get the train,
it is always ten minutes late. It is normally on time and also
coming back. It is annoying because I had to
catch a connecting bus in Leicester to get to work on time. There was a
more united front from the companies apologising for the delays insisting
they are small. But look at this, a record, one
passenger kept it in January logging the delays she 0 0
passenger kept it in January logging the delays she has 0 0
passenger kept it in January logging the delays she has experienced
between East Midlands and London. Trains were cancelled, many trains
were late and in one case there was a half hour delay. She is furious,
passengers were told in December there will be faster links even
though East Midlands Trains and Network Rail knew they may not be
able to deliver them. Today, East Midlands Trains told me they went
ahead with the announcement in December thinking they could
mitigate some of the delays but were caught out by problems like bad
weather. They say work should now be completed by April after that the
timetable they promised in December will finally be up and running.
16 people have been arrested during a series of drugs raids in Derby.
Officers from the National Crime Agency helped Derbyshire police with
the operation. A total of 12 homes were raided in the Peartree area and
suspected Class A and B drugs were seized. Four dogs, thought to be
banned under 0 seized. Four dogs, thought to be
banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act, were also recovered. It's part of an
investigation into an organised crime gang and follows complaints
about drug dealing. The 0
about drug dealing. The impact has been unbearable for
them and frustrating from their point of view. I understand the
frustration because they see the drug dealing going 0
frustration because they see the drug dealing going on daily and
wonder what the police are doing. Today is to show we have been doing
stuff in the background. There's anger at a decision to spend
sixty five thousand pounds of public money sending Nottingham City
Council delegates to the French Riviera. Council representatives are
attending the Annual International Property Fair in Cannes. They say
it's an opportunity to attract investment. But the Tax Payers'
Alliance argue it's a waste of money, at a time of budget cuts. For
the past three years, the cost of the trip's been met by private
backers. Elsewhere cutting the number of
councillors and merging councils could save ?30 million a year on
running costs according to an independent report. The shake`up
proposed for Leicestershire would create one single big authority but
it could reduce council tax and help balance the budget. Our Political
Editor John Hess reports. Emptying the bins is one of 0
Editor John Hess reports. Emptying the bins is one of the most
valued of services but is it time to tidy up the councils? In
Leicestershire there are seven councils and County Council.
Accountants suggest 0 councils and County Council.
Accountants suggest replacing them all one powerful authority, the
report was commissioned by a politician, the leader of
Conservative run Leicestershire. If you 0 0
Conservative run Leicestershire. If you believe the Chancellor going
forward, in the next ten years the savings will get greater.
Maybe the time has come for a sensible debate about local
government. The report target duplication, eight chief executives
and 19 council directors, merging those could save ?15 million.
Merging the districts and County would save ?31.4 million annually.
Setting up a new council would cost ?13 million, says the report but the
move would cut council tax. The number of councillors would be cut
from 316 to 100. Even if Leicestershire opted for the new
council, the chamber here would have to be expanded to take more
councillors to ensure there was fair representation. For the district
councils, are the recommendations are cut too far? This leader of one
of the smallest councils says this. You end up with less representation
and less ability to connect. Tories say it isn't a grab for cash or
power but it may take more than a chocolate cake as a sweetener for
this District Council leader. Onto football and tonight's results
In 0 0 0 Onto football and tonight's results
In the 0 0 Onto football and tonight's results
In the Championship it was Huddersfield zero Nottingham Forest
three which means Forest extend their unbeaten run to 16 games. And
in League Two Mansfield's game with Bury was called off because of a
water`logged pitch. That is the picture across the
country. Goodbye. A lot of whether going on, we saw
some snow today but now the attention is focused back on the
wind and rain. Another area of low pressure pushing in. There is the
chance of snow tonight, a few showers around and we can see some
pushing in in the Airlie hours of the morning. Temperatures below
freezing. The snow replaced tomorrow with the rain, the rain started off
quite liked and patchy but you will see more persistent and heavy rain
from the middle part of the day. It eases off but as the rain eases off,
the wind will pick up. Gusty winds tomorrow evening, gusts of 50 or 60
miles an hour. Another wet and windy when, I leave you with the Outlook.
That is when the wind is going to pick up. Thursday looks like a
quieter day. Good evening, a roller-coaster ride
of weather continues across the British Isles. We want to get off,
but unfortunately we have got more white knuckle rides to come. This
area of low pressure is bringing wet and extremely windy weather. It
happens again on Friday with another deep low moving in from the
south-west. That means that potentially over the next five days
we could see as much a 60 - 80 millimetres of rainfall, among's
worth in just five days. Before that there are lots of tricky conditions
out there at the moment. We have got snow across Scotland and Northern
Ireland. As these showers pushed further inland and temperatures fall
away, we could see snow at lower levels as well. It is a similar
story for South Yorkshire and into Derbyshire and perhaps the Midlands.
Even if we do not get the snow, and we keep the showers, it will be a
cold night, so that could lead to icy stretches on the roads. That
will pale into insignificance because the wind is already picking
up and an intense band of rain continues to push in across the
country. This time it will be a bit more prolonged for tomorrow. The
wins either significant feature There is an amber warning for the
gusts of wind. Let's look at the afternoon. In the Northern Isles and
the far north of Scotland it is quite quiet. Snow continues across
the mountains and sharp showers in northern Ireland and northern
England. The winds pick up into the North West and the South of Wales.
The band of rain is still clinging on to East Anglia and the Essex and
Kent coasts. Blizzard conditions are possible overnight in Scotland and
on the higher ground. By Thursday things potentially get a little
quieter. There will be some showers around, but wet and windy weather
set to return as we move towards Friday.