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Good evening and welcome to BBC London News, I'm Alex Bushill.
Southern rail passengers have been warned that services will be
"severely disrupted" over the next few days because of a fresh strike
by guards and an ongoing overtime ban by drivers.
Members of the RMT union will walk out on New Year's
Eve for three days.
Our political correspondent, Karl Mercer, reports.
Not strike one, not strike two, not even strike three,
but strike day 28.
For months, customers on Southern Trains have suffered.
Even on days when there haven't been strikes,
the service has been well below par, now they face going into
the new year with more of the same.
Over the next three days, the RMT union will be on strike.
A week later, they'll be joined by drivers from the Aslef union
in the long-running row over changes that would see drivers
being responsible for shutting the train doors instead of guards.
I'm not looking to take any credit or to get a victory,
I'm just looking for common sense to help the travelling public
to maintain a safe and secure railway and provide the train
company with the benefits of enhanced customer
service that they require.
So on the eve of the new year, I make this challenge to them -
sit down with us, let's work our way through it.
Let's forget about the dogma and let's do this for the public.
The company insists it will continue with its plans
for driver-only operated trains.
It too says it's willing to talk but, once again,
the strike will go-ahead.
Well, it has been a very, very frustrating number of months
now and I'd like to apologise for the service we've been offering
which of course has not been anything like good enough.
We've continued with our plans.
We are continuing to roll out our plans and we do intend to do that.
We feel that our plans are very reasonable.
They are all about the better service for our custumer
and they're all about improved
punctuality and more opportunity for our people to work
with our customers on trains.
So we think it's an entirely good thing that we're doing.
We think the response of the trade unions has been unreasonable
The company is warning it will only run around half of services over
the next three days.
The following week it won't run any, if the drivers strike goes ahead.
A new year perhaps, but the same old problems on Southern.
Karl Mercer, BBC London News.
Christmas may be over, but Londoners are being urged
to do more to recycle.
The capital currently only recycles around 30% of its rubbish -
well below the national average.
Sarah Harris reports from Ealing.
After the festivities the clean-up begins across London,
many councils will collect overflowing rubbish for the next
three weeks, but with the less than sparkling record on recycling,
households in the capital are being asked to make it
a new year's resolution to do better.
It's vital that we up the amount of recycling that we do.
We're below the national average in London, 31%-33% around there,
we need to up it significantly and it's in order to look
after our planet, basically.
The borough of Surrey Heath recycles more than double the average amount
in London and with so much more waste created during the holidays,
it's a chance to reduce the load on south-east landfill sites.
But in Ealing, big improvements have been made just by making the system
simpler with Londoners doing their bit to make
the capital greener.
Sarah Harris, BBC London News.
Students at a school in north London have come up with an idea that
could raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.
And all from - children's lunch money.
The group, from Skinners Academy, in Stamford Hill, won a competition
for young entrepreneurs.
Now, their idea is being put into practice,
as Caroline Davies discovered.
Henrique was born with cystic hygroma and he needed a tracheostomy
when he was two-and-a-half months.
Henrique's parents didn't know if he would ever talk.
Oh, that's so nice.
But last month, after only a few hours of music therapy classes,
he said his first word.
He got so chuffed when he first realised that sound
was coming out of his mouth.
It was really emotional.
He said, "water", "grandma" and "hello..
So, we're very, very proud of him.
Without fundrising, the charity that helps pay for these
classes couldn't survive.
And these students in Hackney have come up with a new way of raising
more money for them.
iRoundup is a system where pupils can round up every payment
for their school lunch, so a small part can be
donated towards a charity.
We thought it would be easy to implement into the real world.
Their idea won a competition for young entrepreneurs,
run by a charity called Mosaic.
Now, the company that runs school lunch payments, ParentPay,
has taken on their idea.
It's very rare that you hear a genuine new idea
for the first time.
We've already raised nearly ?10,000, just during this trial period.
We've a full launch in 2017, we're expecting to raise
between ?150,000-?200,000 in the first year.
So, what do the students think about their idea of raising money
for children like Henrique?
We didn't think anything like that.
Close to tears.
Can you play the chimes?
Oh, the big drum.
Thanks to the students, small change can make a big difference.
Caroline Davies, BBC London News.
It's been another cold and foggy day, so let's have a check
on the weather with Louise Lear.
Well, it's been a cold, dismal day, that fog not shifting.
It's with us through the night, so much so we've got
a yellow weather warning.
Be aware, there could be some disruption.
As we move into tomorrow, a cold start with temperatures
hovering close to freezing but, hopefully, for our New Year's Eve
day, as we go on through the day, a breeze will pick up and that
will lift the fog into low, grey cloud, but it stays dry.
Top temperatures of eight or nine degrees.
So looking quiet for your New Year's Eve celebrations.
That's it from me.
We'll be back tomorrow morning on BBC One.
Have a very good night.