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The engineering blunder that'll mean months
It's left residents living along the line seething.
They start early morning, during the week and the same thing at weekends.
You are not getting much peace and quiet.
It took Network Rail months to realise they've installed
the wrong type of poles to electrify the line.
voices his concerns about President Donald
We experience a day-in-the-life of a "modern matron" -
who could help ease the pressure on our struggling hospitals.
What Jane Austen's literary heart-throb
Academics come up with a historically accurate portrait
After months of engineering work and the complete
closure of a section of the London Overground
commuters have been told the job between Gospel Oak and Barking isn't
It's because they've realised the electricity poles in place
Transport For London is furious with Network Rail,
saying it's only just be told of the news - and it
And as far as commuters are concerned and residents
living near the line, well, Marc Ashdown can tell us.
It has become an all too familiar phrase on our
The overground has no service... Planned closures...
14 miles of track between Barking and Gospel Oak known
Closed since June to electrify the route.
Network Rail has admitted some of the overhead structures
which carry the cables were incorrectly designed.
It means more noise and disruption for long-suffering residents.
Who have just received a letter saying to expect weekend and some
It has been an absolute pain because they start early morning
during the week and the same thing at the weekends so you are not
getting much peace and quiet and if you want a lie-in
When you are sitting watching TV, all you can feel is the vibration.
Network Rail has issued an apology to passengers and residents living
nearby for the extra disruption saying it has put in place a robust
plan to get this work finished as soon as possible.
Embarrassing, too, for Transport For London
It says it is talking to Network Rail about compensation
but was only made aware of this two weeks ago.
It is extraordinary such an important project to electrify the
line has gone so badly wrong and Transport For London must take some
responsibility because they have not been keeping an eye on this and
claim they only found out days ago it was behind schedule.
Some services will run during the week from Monday but rail
users face many more months of replacement buses.
There is a complete famine of work because there is no investment,
companies get rid of all of their staff then suddenly
the government authorises a load of schemes and basically
Network Rail has taken on to keep the government happy more work
Network Rail has not said how much the extra work will cost.
But has promised it will be completed in time for the arrival
of a new fleet of electric trains in early 2018.
So that's the situation on the London Overground.
But stay with us, because we've got plenty more to hold your interest
The real Mr Darcy. And I am on the red carpet where fans have turned
out to see the stars of 50 shades. I will speak to Jamie Dornan.
President Trump could be here, in London, in June -
and the cost of policing his State visit is likely to be
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, who steps down as Commissioner
of the Metropolitan Police at the end of this month,
gave the 'rough' details - which haven't been confirmed
by Downing Street - in an interview with BBC Radio London.
Let's get more on this from our Political Editor Tim Donovan.
We saw how quickly protesters were able to organise and take to the
streets within a day of this controversy over the US president
issuing an executive order banning Muslim migrants from several
countries. The assumption is with a few weeks planning there could be
some big numbers on the streets and several different demonstrations.
And preparations are starting now, the stop Trump coalition is holding
what they describe a meeting, it is not too big a meeting from where I
am standing but about 30 or 40 people. And meanwhile, the
Metropolitan police Commissioner, outgoing, has said he is confident
the police could deal with any protests whether in the summer or
whenever but it will be costly. We need to settle on a date and
although there might be people excited at the moment and feeling
strongly about policy, in six months' time, we do not know, it may
be better or not so good. Let us wait and see. My job is to make sure
the state visit takes place safely, we protect President Trump and we
make sure people are facilitated to protest and make sure nobody gets
hurt. Last week Sadiq Khan who has
oversight of the Met Police said it would be important for people to
have the right for peaceful protest and he would ensure the police were
given a space and you know that has been controversial, there were
criticisms over heavy-handed tactics during the visit of the Chinese
president a couple of years ago. It is sensitive and it can be a
sensitive thing politically for More now on the government's
decision to end the scheme bringing child refugees
from Europe to Britain. The Government has AGAIN denied
claims that it did a "special deal" with Surrey County Council to 'head
off' plans for a 15 per cent rise in Council Tax -
to pay for social care. Theresa May was asked today
about the Council's decision - and she admitted that
Local Authorities are under pressure dealing with the rising cost -
but insists the Government On social care funding we have given
the opportunity for councils to have a 3% precept
on their council tax this year and 3% precept on their council tax
next year with extra funding we are putting in, that means
an opportunity for ?900 million, up to ?900 million extra
going into social care. A new centre - believed to be one
of the first of its kind - helping victims and those affected
by Female Genital Mutilation - Organisers say the facility
is 'different' - as it will allow those in law enforcement and health
services to work with those - Queens Park Rangers Football Club
has held 'informal talks' about the possibility of building
a new stadium on the site of the 'Linford Christie Athletics
Track' in west London. The Championship side currently
plays at Loftus Road, but has been looking for a site
to build a new ground The club had hoped to
build at Old Oak Common, This week, we've been looking
at the pressures faced in the NHS - and new figures show us -
that every health trust across London and Home Counties -
missed their A targets in It's means all hospitals failed
to transfer, discharge or admit 95 per cent of patients
within four hours. Simon Dedman has spent the day
at Basildon Hospital in Essex - to see first hand the challenges
of getting patients It is 7am, it is the first meeting
at Basildon Hospital to work out We are in a position where we have
no more beds in the hospital so we have 28 patients
unplaced so at the moment if we have any more ambulances
arriving, we only have one trolley If you have more than one patient,
what are you going to do? Basildon's managing director takes
me through the latest situation. What we are having to do is move
patients into an elective orthopaedic ward which means
we are not able to do joint surgery, hip operations, knee operations,
things like that after the morning meeting, nurse Natalie Cook goes
ward to ward to find patients who could be discharged
from hospital and get their treatment from Basildon Hospital
nurses in their own homes. She has found one who will hopefully
be discharged today. She heads now to find four other
patients who can get But the real problem
is being dealt with here. Sick, elderly people
who get stuck in hospital. This ward aims to treat
the frail quickly and get That is what this team works
on every day at nine. Some patients have been
here for ten days though but after two days on this ward,
Eileen is looking I am on some tablets, I don't know
exactly what they are for. I am having those in the mornings
and apart from that, it is being Some patients here are waiting
for social care to kick in. The majority of patients who come
here we treat within a day or two. The longer they stay,
more complex problems arise. Having access to community services
and talking to them, Every bed in this ward is taken,
every bed in Basildon Hospital is taken and it is pretty much been
that way since the beginning of the year so much so if you needed
something like a hip replacement, None have taken place
in this hospital. Basildon Hospital is trying
but getting slack in the health Another problem faced by the NHS,
is that of 'bed-blocking' - when patients are kept in hospital
because there's nowhere more A solution often touted -
is the return of 'ward matrons'. Well, Kathryn Carruthers
is one of them - and works at Northwick Park Hospital -
where we joined her on shift to see Chock-a-block, all those patients
you can see are waiting and there are probably more patients
here, and more patients all down the corridor here,
everybody is trying but sometimes When you feel that everything
is gridlocked, that can My name is Kathryn Carruthers, I'm
the matron for ambulatory emergency care here at Northwick Park
Hospital. We are part of the emergency
division, we try to see patients that need urgent care and get
a treatment without A E have already rung this morning
to see if we can take some patients who have been down
there for quite some time. Staffing it is a huge challenge,
we don't always have the number It's busy, lots of staff,
patients, trolleys and They have been waiting,
you can tell. I'm Kathy, I'm the matron,
I know you've been here For me, currently this is probably
the worst I have seen the NHS. When it is completely relentless,
I think you do drain staff. There's a woman who just moved
in to the plaster room to look She's been sitting here
all night in a chair. It's absolutely full,
nowhere to examine patients, which is not the hospital's fault,
it does its absolute best. Sorry, do you mind
if I take this call? Orthopaedics patients,
a chap in a chair. I've seen the doctor, the nurse,
than I had to wait again, and wait. Our department ticked
along quite nicely. I don't think it's sustainable
to continue this much pressure. I'm off training, a meet
at the athletic club before going home and seeing to the rest
of the family. Our thanks to Katherine
Carruthers for allowing us And if you want more
analysis and coverage - take a look at the BBC news website,
or you can follow the hashtag More now on the government's
decision to bringing child refugees
from Europe to Britain. Councils across London have taken
in many of the children who've come into our country -
and THEY say the government MUSTN'T turn its back on the problem -
as there are many more vulnerable it was once home to thousands of
people desperate to get to the UK among them are many children. Last
summer, before it was disbanded, a group of council leaders visited the
Calais jungle to show they were willing and able to take them in.
The government has said the number of child refugees from your group
would be reduced and the head of one at London borough says he is
dismayed. We offered to take 50 extra children and I must say it has
been very hard. When you look at their actions you would think they
have tried not to send us the children. 200 refugees came under
the Dubs Amendment. 60 were resettled but on arrival the
government immigration office they were given but it got was the bishop
who believes the get should rethink its position. Disappointment, London
capacity to absorb new people. As we all know, there are huge need to
reinvent them numbers were lot about under the Dubs Amendment and it is
Age UK what, the numbers were talking about are really incredibly
small. Government says it fears and allowing further chart produced
could allow traffickers and see more young migrants attempt to the UK are
grateful for the way local authorities have stepped up the
provide places to those arriving and will continue to work closely to
address capacity needs. Mike believes Syrians like himself can
make a positive cop in a cave. He supports a group matching refugees
to host families. It is not easy so there are plenty of people still
suffering in Greece and France and other places in the cold weather so
it is not easy. I'm sure they arrive here to start a new life it will be
good for this country and good for them. Government insists it is not
giving up on vulnerable children fling conflicts but those working
with chilled -- chart refugees believe extra support needed.
You're watching BBC London news on BBC One.
Still to come before the end of the programme.
Will the cold weather last into the weekend, will we see any snow? More
before 7pm. But what if Mr Darcy
from Jane Austen's novel may Experts at London University have
revealed what they claim is the first "historically accurate"
portrait of Jane Austen's Mr Darcy. And he's probably very different
to what you'd expect. They've used fashions from the 17
hundreds to put together a picture of what he probably looked like,
and as Gareth Furby reports, He has been called
the nation's favourite hunk. And this scene first broadcast
in 1995 was responsible. But what if Mr Darcy
from Jane Austen's novel may have been meant to look
a bit like this... Well, academics from the University
of London think he might have been and one of them
is Professor John What we did was to use historical
information as a way of composing a plausible image
of Fitzwilliam Darcy and it sure The academics put together a sort
of identikit of what a leading man might have looked like given
the fashions and expectations of 1813 when the book was published
- starting with the head. The hair, hair is
terribly important. Perhaps that is a bit
of white powder in his hair. We tend to associate large
noses with mobility. I speak as a man and I find them
rather luscious, yeah! Well, there is only one way
to find out, of course. Take this new picture
onto the streets of London. And for the new guy,
it is not good news. The powdered hair is not
such a good look, is it? Would you have liked
to have seen him walking Colin Firth didn't do
it for me, either! And it might be a first
for academics at London University as well -
a bit of research that almost The book and film 'Fifty Shades
of Grey' was a massive success for the London born author,
E L James. And tonight the follow up film -
'Fifty Shades Darker' gets it's European Premiere in Leicester
Square. Caroline Davies has been there -
and a few minutes ago, I am used to doing television so you
get to do that with TV, return to a character and develop it and it is
rare you get so it is nice and give him more and it exciting. He is an
inscrutable character, did you work with the author to develop him more
in the second film? A lot of that was done make it a good one, the
script opened him up a lot more and we see a softer side of him. That
was always the intention and I would have liked to have seen more of that
in the first one. He is more relatable and I like him or filming
the first and second right after each other? It helps and keeps the
momentum and I think if we did the second one and then came back to it
it will be harder for me to pull off playing a 28-year-old! I'm starting
to look older. It made sense for everybody. 114 million people
watched the trailer within 24 hours. What you think that says about the
trilogy? I mean, it proves there is still an appetite. You do not want
to get too bogged down by comparing the numbers of the first movie which
were incredible because it would not need to get anywhere near that to be
a successful film. We are trying not to get bogged down without but it is
exciting when so many people watch the trailer. Hopefully it turns into
people going to see. A loss of crowds here today and they are here
for Christian grave. Are you looking for alternative roles that take you
away from that character? Yeah, it is easy, there were not many
characters like him in film and TV. Everything since has been 1 million
miles away from him. The thing I'm shooting now and in the summer are
miles away from him. Will not get stereotyped? How many films are
there about a billionaire S you do small screen as well. Any other
projects in mind at the moment, more small screen? I am doing a movie now
and in the summer but I'm trying to develop something with a friend of
mine that is television, a one-off television thing. I love television
and would love to do more. It is a balance, really. If you like the
material and project and character you go for it whatever medium.
It is damp, drizzle and I would prefer to be in here this evening,
it is perishing. This is a shot of London, what a grey afternoon it has
been, grey and cold, drizzle and some sleet. The general weather
pattern is with us for the next three or four days. Little changes
as we head further ahead. This is another weather watcher picture in
Greater London. You can see the extent of this grey cloud around. It
is not showing the rain and drizzle because it is fine but it is
dampening the ground and it is mostly to the north and east of
London but progressively the breeze will blow a fuse bits and pieces
further eastwards. Do not be surprised if there is some snow,
temperatures are close enough to freezing. A cold start tomorrow, and
another cold day, cloudy and the wind will be stronger than today so
if possible it will feel colder than today. All of that cloud, if you
wintry flurries, mostly wintry but not exclusively on the hills so you
could see a sent here and there. Two to four Celsius, stronger wind and
feeling cold. Tomorrow night, the greatest risk of a a few centimetres
of snow. Something more organised coming off the North Sea by the end
of the night to the east of London. Through Saturday morning, it will
progressively head westwards so a wintry feel to the start of the
weekend or though it may turn back to rain later in the day close to
the coast. Over the Chilterns and downs, a light covering. Further
west, by the time the weather front gets to Cardiff they could beat the
risk of showers but it will feel bitterly cold wherever you are. The
cold weather remains with us. Temperatures slightly higher but the
wind will be stronger. Time for the thermals!
Just before we go tonight, a reminder of the day's main news
Official figures show record numbers of patients waited for more
than four hours in Accident and Emergency units
Fewer than 90 per cent of patients were seen within the target time.
The Government says it's capping the number of child
Only 350 will be bought here - far fewer than the three thousand
The decision has been called "shameful".
Commuters on the London Overground are set to face months
of further disruption - after engineering works will need
Network Rail say the wrong types of poles were installed.
Alpa will be back with our late news tonight at 10.30pm on BBC One.
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