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


as a Tube strike paralyses the transport network,


It is a case of just do the best you can, really.


I'm so frustrated that the trade unions have organised this strike


And the strike even caused some university students


The Princes Trust tells us nearly half of young Londoners don't feel


# Just for once don't stop and stare... #.


Here come "The Girls" - we go behind the scenes of


Welcome to BBC London News, with me, Riz Lateef.


Although for millions of commuters it's anything but -


trying to get home after a chaotic start to the week.


And still to come this week, more strikes on Southern rail


and industrial action by BA cabin crew.


Today's action affected much of the Tube network and closed


all underground stations in central London.


We start tonight with our Transport correspondent Tom Edwards


This was a long queues, delays and the disruption. This was Waterloo.


Commuters switched to the buses. It is a nightmare because I'm trying to


get to work and I will get in later. Any sympathy for the strike? Some, I


know what they are after. It seems to be OK, what they want, but it is


wrong affecting people trying to get to work. At Finsbury Park,


frustration. Many did not know about the strike, and they could not get


onto the packed buses. Horrible, horrible. I have been waiting years


since 530. You have not been here since then, have you? Yes. I have


not been able to get on yet, disability. At Clapham Junction, the


stations struggled to cope. Commuters switch to the trains. At


one point overcrowding meant it had to be evacuated. And this was


Victoria. To be honest, I do not know why they are striking but it is


affecting me. I am just trying to be on time. The roads took the brunt


with average speed dropping to two miles an hour in some areas as old


heritage buses were brought back into service to try and help. The


Thames Clippers on the Ripper coped well, but this was structured. It is


not our fault, we are paying money, OK? We should not have to walk or


run. This was the bus queue at Liverpool Street and that stretched


around the station. While many took to two wheels and cycled, the bike


hire scheme did have some glitches. This was elephant and Castle. This


dispute goes back to 2015 and the closure of all London Underground


ticket offices and the loss of 838 jobs. Abundant underground now


admits more staff are required on the Tube but the sticking point and


the reason for the strike is how many? At King's Cross, Mark Hughes


for cabs and buses, there were some Tube teams but not many. Is this the


24-hour strike? I do not support it, it is ridiculous. They have to do


what they have to do. This strike has reduced London's transport


system to a crawl. The badges for commuters is that this dispute has


not yet been resolved. -- the bad news.


The strike is not officially over -- the strike is now officially over,


had finished half an hour ago. However, people, as you have seen,


people are queueing and waiting to see if they can get in, more out of


hope than expectation. Looking at the official statistics that


Transport for London have given to us, they have said that 70% of


stations did eventually opened today and also all Tube lines had a


service. That might be the case, but it has been a miserable day if you


are a commuter. What it also shows is that whoever the mayor is, the


transport union still wield considerable in London.


Thank you for that update, Tom Edwards.


Well, commuters aren't the only ones frustrated because today


was the first day of exams for many university students.


If that wasn't stressful enough, the Tube strike meant some


arrived late or missed their assessments altogether.


Here's our education reporter Marc Ashdown on a testing


The start of exam season could not have come at a worse time. Thousands


of university students were among those in today's commuter crush, not


the kind of cramming they had in mind. Most did make it, but not


without a real fight. Parts of the station have been closed, so we got


a one-hour bus to Shepherd's Bush and running from beer to hear, which


meant we were just in time for the exam, but it was quite stressful,


probably more stressful than the exam itself! That led to claims from


many on social media that it is unfair to expect students to sit


exams during strikes. I have been up since five o'clock this morning


because we had to leave early. I think they should have rescheduled.


When you look at it, I understand that they have booked this place,


but I think more for the students have to commute you. You are not


going to perform well after you have done that. It took us more than one


hour to come down from Waterloo and cost ?50. We will be waiting to more


minutes and not like the 15 minutes we had to wait in the morning. We


will have to get up earlier to make sure that we get here in time. A bit


of a nightmare. We were exhausted before the exam. King's Lynn did not


want to give us an interview but they have said they will continue to


run exams all the key. They have said they are working with students


to review the situation and allow flexibility, where possible, for


those affected by the strikes. It was a similar story in Camden where


UCL students struggle to get to their exams. It is so difficult to


get these exams arranged anyway that on this occasion we have all been


expected to make the effort to get to the exam on time. There are more


exams across London all week, the Tube may or may have been done for


one day, but the next Southern rail strike begins tomorrow.


Well, the Mayor, who during his election campaign said he would roll


up his sleeves to make sure there are zero days of strikes,


So does he see it as a sign of failure?


Here's our political correspondent, Karl Mercer.


Sadly, not to each other, but fighting a war of


The Mayor and Transport For London condemning the strikes...


Their only common ground they claim - a willingness to talk.


Yeah, we are absolutely open to talks at any moment in time. We will


get back there tomorrow, as soon as they want. Get on with it. We have


to resolve these things amicably around the table. I would suggest


once they get through this we get back around the table.


Are you discussing when you will talk them? We have said that we will


do this through the auspices of ACAS. We have made it clear to them


that we are available for talks and we would expect them to be in


contact with a similar way. But nothing is planned as we speak?


Nothing at the moment. Not good news then for Londoners


who battled to work today. I think the strike today is


completely unnecessary and causing misery to millions of commuters.


Businesses will lose millions of pounds in revenues and patients will


not be able to reach their hospital appointments, the strike could have


been avoided. We have to get the mere and the attention of the senior


team to let them know that we cannot essentially be pushed away with an


inadequate offer. It's an embarrassment for the Mayor,


who said during his election campaign he'd aim for zero


days of strikes... Much harder to deliver


when you're actually in power. And to put more staff back


in stations to help solve the dispute would mean taking money


from somewhere else. If as a result of this we must


change things within our organisation, to ensure that we


provide that right service at the front line, those of the decisions


people make and that is what we will do. So you might have to move the


Budget is around? It is not about extra money, it is about moving the


Budget above. The politics of the strike will be


far from the minds of commuters, but it seems they have also put


the Mayor at odds with his party. Would you like to see the Labour


Party nationally condemn the strike for the damage caused to the economy


of London? All I can talk about is London and I know that the strike


could have been avoided, I know that it is unnecessary. The Ljubomir has


described this as unnecessary, the strike. Well, look, I was not in the


room when the discussions were taking place. But I do know that


there is a ledger -- legitimate beef when we lose that much money to the


economy. Not quite on the same


page it would seem then. The Mayor's immediate focus


though will be on getting So today's strike may


have just finished, Yes, not the start that the unions


and the London mayor would have wanted. But the unions have shown


Sadiq Khan that they can bring London to a standstill and they will


be hoping to get back around the table and talk. As I have said Anton


said in his piece, this comes down to money and the numbers. TFL and


the mayor has said that they will put 200 staff back in and of they do


that, if not more than that, because the unions have said that is not


enough, they will have to find the money from elsewhere in the TFL


Budget, it is a tricky one. And as we mentioned earlier,


this is a week that's going to test Yes, they will get home tonight and


those of the travellers who have come from further afield and perhaps


using Southern rail, they will be facing two days of strikes, strikes


on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, that will bring that network to a


standstill and there will be severe disruption on the other days and we


know that British Airways cabin crew are beginning a 48 hours strike


tomorrow as well. For the moment, Karl Mercer, thank you.


We will have more on those other strikes later in the programme.


Well, strikes aside, stay with us because still to come tonight...


I will be speaking to Gary Barlow about this new musical and the


producer Tim Firth. Although the latest weather to come later in the


programme. -- all of the latest. Young people living in the capital


say they are stuck in a cycle The Prince's Trust has found


that almost half of 16 It comes on the day


that the Prime Minister introduced new measures to spot the signs


of mental illness early on. You just feel isolated and out


of touch with the world. You just like nobody cares


and you've given up, Feeling despair was just


part of life for Faz growing up in east London,


but the serious mental From the age of about eight years


old I have been feeling I did not know what that was


until recently, if I am honest. I was just really sad all the time,


I just felt like I was not good enough and didn't have any goals


and hopes for the future More than 2000 16 to 25-year-olds


were asked about their state 37% felt it down or depressed


and 46% were anxious. It is about giving them the skills


and the confidence as early as possible to help them with their


struggle. But now Faz has been supported by the Prince's Trust and


is mentoring other young people in London suffering with depression. It


is a process that will now be supported in schools by the


Government. We will pilot a new approaches such as offering mental


health first aid training for teachers and staff, to help them


identify and assist children experiencing mental problems. We


will try new approaches to ensure that schools and colleges work


closely with local NHS services to help local mental health services.


Campaigners have said every person that is given out was a poor product


on this will reduce the long-term burden on the NHS. For Faz it has


meant getting back a life worth living. To know that there was


people younger than me going through the same thing, that breaks my heart


because I felt like I was alone, no one would understand me and was no


way I could get out of this. To be added are pleased I was in and be


able to give support to other young people, I see no reason why I should


not help them. Sarah Harris, BBC London News.


A jury has heard how police failed to tape off a pathway under a tree


in central London that later fell causing the death of housekeeper.


Teresita Sison was walking to work in October 2014


when the tree came down, causing a wall to collapse on her.


The tree was uprooted in high winds as the UK was battered


by the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo.


The inquest at the Royal Courts of Justice also heard


that the 80-year-old poplar showed signs of decay.


Thousands of police officers are to be asked if they want to be


routinely armed with a gun or electric Taser.


The Met says more than 90% of officers are currently unarmed


and there were no plans to change this.


The Metropolitan Police Federation, which represents London's 32,000


officers, says that with more of them being armed to counter


the threat of terrorism, it was only fair to ask them


And Karl mentioned the ongoing problems on Southern rail.


Well, one woman has told the BBC how she feels


she was forced to quit her job because of the poor service.


As Sonja Jessup reports, both sides in the long-running


bitter dispute have been brought together as part of


a special televised debate being broadcast tonight.


Taking centre stage, but would they have any answers? Southern rail and


the RMT union faced a studio audience, many of whom had personal


experience of the ongoing rail crisis. Emma Green, a single mother,


had started a new job in London only to feel forced to quit. Literally


from the first aid I experienced horrendous delays, getting warm on


average 2.5 hours after I had left the office and up to as bad as for


hours. My question to the panel is how many more people's lives must be


affected, how many have to leave their jobs or lose their jobs and


have their family life significantly disrupted as a result of your


services? And may I add, these are not purely down strikes, they were


bad before the strike started. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE


. Southern rail has been locked in a bitter dispute with unions over


driver only operated trains. What is stopping the settlement is the


attitude of the company towards changing the way that the trains are


operated and they are backed up by the DFT and Chris Grayling and they


are refusing to come to a compromise. I am deeply sorry for


the inconvenience caused to customers now and I think the


union's action is grossly disproportionate and I also think


that they are causing immeasurable damage, not only to passengers, but


also to the regional economy. There were questions also for politicians.


Why had they not done more? When it comes down to it, we the Suju is


about safety, not politics, so there must be a technical solution rather


than a political intervention. Have we not been let down by the


government on this issue, should they not have intervened earlier? It


is not the government that is refusing to drive trains which the


independent safety regulator has talked about. Others have suggested


that the late -- Mayor of London should get involved directly. They


have to respond to local concerns, that transforms the network and we


do not have that for some of these train operators at the moment. The


main sticking point remains, would a second person be employed on every


train? People want this brought to an end and you can do that. You can


do that as well. But you will not do that. If you can guarantee a second


person on steamy tangle and Andrew Wright a deal now. BBC London


understands the dead talk informally afterwords, but no deal was reached.


The moral's strike is still set to go ahead. -- to moral's strike. --


BBC London understands the dead speak informally afterwords but no


deal was reached. And you can see the full debate


Southern Rail Crisis later this evening at 7.30pm,


here, on BBC One. The Girls is a new musical comedy


written by Take That's Gary Barlow The two grew up together in the same


village in the north of England The production is based on the 2003


film Calendar Girls and will open Our entertainment correspondent,


Brenda Emmanus, has been to meet The 2000 the film, the calendar


girls, was a huge success, taking over ?75 million worldwide. We will


need considerably bigger buns. The true story of a women's institution


group who decided to fund raise for a local hospital by posing nude for


a calendar had inadvertently become movie stars and then he had played


before now finding life as a musical, courtesy of Take That front


man Gary Barlow and writer Tim Firth. Is it not wonderful that the


story is in it third incarnation? It is, and a reason to do it was that


the play followed the movie and any sense, the musical allowed us to


expand that story and spend more time on new story elements like


those of the husbands and the children. So it gave a new life to


the full story. Seems on stage with the task of the original calendar


girls in Manchester, Gary Barlow is excited to see his new musical come


to the West End. What about this story, but attractive pop star to


it? Initially my friend Tim Firth, who I have known for many years, I


will not even count them! But I have watched them have success with the


film and the play and we both went to watch it up in Milton Keynes and


I was sat there are, initially wondering why he had invited me, but


then I realised what he wanted to do, that was the good music to it.


It is very moving, it is a true story and it is in Northern, very


moving piece and instantly, I could hear the music and I could hear what


I could bring to this. The women whose amazing true story


has inspired the film, play and musical have much to be proud of,


having helped to raise nearly ?5 million for the charity Blood Wise.


What has your input added to this story? What has been musical version


of it done? The funny bits seem even funnier because the sad bits are


sadder. It is broken. They will rehearse for another couple of weeks


but prepare for laughter, tears and sticky buns when the new musical,


The Girls, opens at the London theatre.


Let's return to our top story now and commuters are trying to get home


We can join Tom Edwards at Oxford Circus now.


Although the strike ended almost an hour ago, how are things looking?


Well, some people, would you believe, are still waiting to see if


the Tube will open. I think it is going to be a very long wait. TFL


have said services will not return to normal until tomorrow. Also, in


the last few minutes we have received a statement from Downing


Street from the Prime Minister Theresa May who has called this


action unfair and unjustified. What you must remember is that this


dispute is far from over, there is a long way to go. It has not yet been


resolved. OK, well, with the latest from


Oxford Circus, Tom, thank you very much.


Well, as you can imagine, social media has been in overdrive


today as people struggled into and now back from work.


Our correspondent Alex Bushill has a round-up of some of the best posts


Liverpool Street station, the queue for the bus that said it all. Many


wondered if it would never end. Others had anticipated just how hard


the journey end would be, like Jacqueline who posted this... Some


were lucky, however, extremely lucky, like one commuter who posted


this picture of what he said was his eerily quiet train.


This year had a more scenic route on one of the vintage buses laid on to


cope with the demand. -- this viewer. Both were oblivious to what


others were enduring. Yes, still no end in sight. There were queues


everywhere jubilant. Even for the tens of thousands who walked here.


This prompted all sorts of comparisons like this from Clara...


Many agreed, if you did not laugh, you would cry. Alex Bushill, BBC


London News. That is so true. Time for a check on the weather,


and Wendy, it's not great out there for anyone struggling to get


home, is it? Yes, the weather did not help. We


started OK but by the time ago to the middle of the afternoon. It was


a case of raindrops on Windows from the North West. And by the time we


got to sunset, it was pretty glum, damp and grey as well. But it was


not too cold. The attempt was 11 degrees in London, Sir David is


beginning mild but it will turn much colder as they go through it. There


is some colder weather to come tonight. Here is the brain that we


had throughout the day and some quite heavy burst of it. Not least,


a little line of showers that followed on. That was just around


this evening's rush hour. That is now out of the way and we will have


dry and clear conditions for most of tonight with a bit of a breeze


picking up. Little bits of patchy cloud as well and that means we will


not have temperatures falling below freezing, that agrees with that


little bit of cloud. We are looking at loads of three or 4 degrees


across London and the Home Counties and it will be each cellist Antony


and Cleopatra model. We will have sunshine to moral first thing at


least, it will be a breezy day once a day gets going and that sunshine


is replaced by some cloud from a wide weather front that will dry


slowly over the waters and introduce perhaps one or two patch outbreaks


of rain towards the evening's rush of. Temperatures, the notch or two


Matt Gallon on what we had today, around seven or 9 degrees but the


really cold weather sets in eventually during Wednesday. This


cold front will go through, then we have been subjected to this


North-Westerly wind. That really is going to make things feel quite


better as we go to the end of the beat. Some snow showers are


developing across the North of England. Not too much of a problem


here. It will start mild on Wednesday, the temperatures reached


double figures after the cold front comes through, after that


North-Westerly wind drops. We will hear words like better getting used


towards the end of the week. There should be some sunny spells but in


many showers that crop up through Thursday, Friday and Saturday, do


not be surprised if there is some wintriness and this one will make it


feel really, really cold. We will keep an eye on the end of the week.


Chilly weather to come. Thank you for the warning, windy.


Just recapping the national headlines...


Martin McGuinness has announced his resignation


as Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland in protest


at the Democratic Unionist Party's handling of a botched


The Prime Minister's outlined plans to address what she calls


the "hidden injustice" of mental illness.


She wants to change attitudes towards the condition


and improve support in schools and the workplace.


The Hollywood musical LA LA Land has broken the record for the most


Golden Globe Awards, winning seven prizes.


British actors also enjoyed a golden night in the TV categories,


with prizes for The Night Manager and The Crown.


I'll be back later during the Ten O'clock News, but for now,


from everyone on the team, have a lovely evening.