02/01/2017 London News


02/01/2017

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As you will have heard, rail fares have gone up today

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at a time when strikes, delays and cancellations have

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blighted the lives of hundreds of thousands of commuters

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It's left many passengers angry, including those who thought

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New year, new real prices for Londoners and for hundreds of

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thousands of commuters, the only way is up when it comes to the cost of

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their journey. Many had hoped they would be included in the mayor's

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four-year fare freeze. I have a fully funded package to freeze fares

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over four years, so Londoners pay not a penny more until 2020. It

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emerged the mayor can only set fares not travel cards or caps. He said

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his pledge only referred to TfL prices. Many say they feel duped. He

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said he promised to do this thing and he's failed us. It's another

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disappointment. Always delays. Always cancelled trains. I don't

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think that's very fair. He should stick to his promise of freezing the

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fares till 2020. I don't think it's acceptable really. They've

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privatised it, but don't, yeah make it better or put on more or make the

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trains bigger or make the service a nicer experience. Tomorrow morning,

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some will be protesting at London's stations. There's still no end, it

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seems, to these disruptions. We have no guarantee that there will be no

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disruptions next year. Passengers need to come together and work with

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us to lobby the Government. Fares won't change for those commuters

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making tube journeys within London. How that will be funded is another

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point of political contention. Sadiq Khan will be out and about at London

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rail stations in the morning. Not only to defend his pledge, but also

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to appeal for TfL to have more control over commuter trains.

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If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of people affected

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by the strikes and disruption on our trains, we'd

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We're hosting a televised debate - recorded on Sunday evening -

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Just e-mail your contact details, including your opinion

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about the service you've experienced, to bbc

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Well, the increasing frustration of the London commute

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is affecting drivers too, and at least one has decided to take

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action about the delays over the Dartford Crossing.

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Anand Surve from Orpington has started a petition calling

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on the Government to pay compensation to drivers

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Thomas Magill has been speaking to him.

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Rush hour at the Dartford crossing and queues like this is a familiar

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sight for those who use it regular. Anand commutes from Orpington to

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brents wood in Essex. What's more frustrating is the fact that he has

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to pay for the pleasure of sitting in traffic, a situation he's decided

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to do something about. These delays are unacceptable. They're getting

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worse day by day. Therefore I've launched this petition calling for

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drivers to be compensated in the event of long traffic delays. The

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petition calls on high ways England to compensate drivers who get stuck

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in traffic. If he manages to get 100,000 signatures, the idea will be

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debated in Parliament. One motoring organisation has concerns about the

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proposal. You can never really be completely sure who is to blame for

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the congestion. It could be on a high ways England managed stretch of

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road, it could be the crossing itself. There could be a broken down

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vehicle. So it's very difficult to be able to Pinochet the blame. But

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in theory this sounds great. In practice it might be more difficult

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to operate. In a statement, hayways England said:

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This commute continues and whether things change in the future, well,

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that, he hopes, will depend on the success of his petition.

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There's been a large fire at a recycling centre in west

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London, which sent thick smoke billowing across the M4 motorway.

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Firefighters were sent to Transport Avenue in Brentford

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this afternoon, after dozens of calls were received from

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A Freedom of Information request has revealed that the Government spent

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an average of ?10,000 a day on consultants and law firms,

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ahead of its decision to build a third runway at Heathrow.

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The bill was paid by the Departments of Transport.

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The Government says it was right to seek expert advice.

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And now a look at the weather with Sara.

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Good evening. Today's clear skies are allowing temperatures to drop

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rapidly across the London area. As we go through the night, subzero for

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most of us. Minus one to minus three degrees that. Leads to a Met Office

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weather warning for the risk of ice on the roads that. Runs until

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mid-morning. The day itself not as bright as today. Drizzle from the

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north. It's largely fine and perhaps even not as cold as today, with a

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high of seven degrees. Next few days dry and settled with overnight

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frosts. But sunshine by day. We're back again from 6.30am

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tomorrow with the latest news, Good evening. It's been a dry and

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bright day across most parts of the country today. Despite the chilly

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feel to the weather, there has been some sunshine. Clear skies as the

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sun set in east Essex. With those clear skies around, temperatures are

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plummeting, particularly across southern parts. Here we see the

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coldest temperatures. We could see icy stretches on untreated surfaces,

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pavements and roads first thing Tuesday morning. Not quite as cold

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towards the North West. Cloud moving in here through the overnight

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period. Lows to minus six or minus seven degrees in one or two spots. A

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cold start to Tuesday. If you have the commute

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