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As you will have heard, rail fares have gone up today
at a time when strikes, delays and cancellations have
blighted the lives of hundreds of thousands of commuters
It's left many passengers angry, including those who thought
New year, new real prices for Londoners and for hundreds of
thousands of commuters, the only way is up when it comes to the cost of
their journey. Many had hoped they would be included in the mayor's
four-year fare freeze. I have a fully funded package to freeze fares
over four years, so Londoners pay not a penny more until 2020. It
emerged the mayor can only set fares not travel cards or caps. He said
his pledge only referred to TfL prices. Many say they feel duped. He
said he promised to do this thing and he's failed us. It's another
disappointment. Always delays. Always cancelled trains. I don't
think that's very fair. He should stick to his promise of freezing the
fares till 2020. I don't think it's acceptable really. They've
privatised it, but don't, yeah make it better or put on more or make the
trains bigger or make the service a nicer experience. Tomorrow morning,
some will be protesting at London's stations. There's still no end, it
seems, to these disruptions. We have no guarantee that there will be no
disruptions next year. Passengers need to come together and work with
us to lobby the Government. Fares won't change for those commuters
making tube journeys within London. How that will be funded is another
point of political contention. Sadiq Khan will be out and about at London
rail stations in the morning. Not only to defend his pledge, but also
to appeal for TfL to have more control over commuter trains.
If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of people affected
by the strikes and disruption on our trains, we'd
We're hosting a televised debate - recorded on Sunday evening -
Just e-mail your contact details, including your opinion
about the service you've experienced, to bbc
Well, the increasing frustration of the London commute
is affecting drivers too, and at least one has decided to take
action about the delays over the Dartford Crossing.
Anand Surve from Orpington has started a petition calling
on the Government to pay compensation to drivers
Thomas Magill has been speaking to him.
Rush hour at the Dartford crossing and queues like this is a familiar
sight for those who use it regular. Anand commutes from Orpington to
brents wood in Essex. What's more frustrating is the fact that he has
to pay for the pleasure of sitting in traffic, a situation he's decided
to do something about. These delays are unacceptable. They're getting
worse day by day. Therefore I've launched this petition calling for
drivers to be compensated in the event of long traffic delays. The
petition calls on high ways England to compensate drivers who get stuck
in traffic. If he manages to get 100,000 signatures, the idea will be
debated in Parliament. One motoring organisation has concerns about the
proposal. You can never really be completely sure who is to blame for
the congestion. It could be on a high ways England managed stretch of
road, it could be the crossing itself. There could be a broken down
vehicle. So it's very difficult to be able to Pinochet the blame. But
in theory this sounds great. In practice it might be more difficult
to operate. In a statement, hayways England said:
This commute continues and whether things change in the future, well,
that, he hopes, will depend on the success of his petition.
There's been a large fire at a recycling centre in west
London, which sent thick smoke billowing across the M4 motorway.
Firefighters were sent to Transport Avenue in Brentford
this afternoon, after dozens of calls were received from
A Freedom of Information request has revealed that the Government spent
an average of ?10,000 a day on consultants and law firms,
ahead of its decision to build a third runway at Heathrow.
The bill was paid by the Departments of Transport.
The Government says it was right to seek expert advice.
And now a look at the weather with Sara.
Good evening. Today's clear skies are allowing temperatures to drop
rapidly across the London area. As we go through the night, subzero for
most of us. Minus one to minus three degrees that. Leads to a Met Office
weather warning for the risk of ice on the roads that. Runs until
mid-morning. The day itself not as bright as today. Drizzle from the
north. It's largely fine and perhaps even not as cold as today, with a
high of seven degrees. Next few days dry and settled with overnight
frosts. But sunshine by day. We're back again from 6.30am
tomorrow with the latest news, Good evening. It's been a dry and
bright day across most parts of the country today. Despite the chilly
feel to the weather, there has been some sunshine. Clear skies as the
sun set in east Essex. With those clear skies around, temperatures are
plummeting, particularly across southern parts. Here we see the
coldest temperatures. We could see icy stretches on untreated surfaces,
pavements and roads first thing Tuesday morning. Not quite as cold
towards the North West. Cloud moving in here through the overnight
period. Lows to minus six or minus seven degrees in one or two spots. A
cold start to Tuesday. If you have the commute