06/01/2017 London News


06/01/2017

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Millions of commuters face major travel disruption after talks

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to avert a 24-hour Tube strike collapsed this afternoon.

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Industrial action is due to start on Sunday and will pretty much

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shut down all Zone One stations on Monday.

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Here's our transport correspondent, Tom Edwards.

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Arriving for talks, there was some optimism this long-running

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acrimonious dispute could be resolved, but not much.

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Is this about the unions showing the mayor who's boss?

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Absolutely not, it's about having a safe London Underground

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for the 4 million people that use it nearly everyday.

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This dispute goes back to the closure of the Tube ticket

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offices under the previous mayor, Boris Johnson, in 2015.

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The unions always hated the policy, saying it was unsafe,

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But the closures happened, and around 840 jobs went.

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London Underground says it saves ?50 million annually.

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Now under a new mayor, both sides agree more staff

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But the sticking point is how many, and whether LU can afford them.

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And by 3pm, talks had collapsed, with no agreement on extra

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We're very disappointed to find London Underground were unable today

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to put one additional job on the table that they

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A miserable response from them to a crisis

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We're now in a total crisis situation, so there needs to be

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something fairly drastic immediately, as well as

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a longer-term solution to staffing on the Tube.

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Tonight, commuters were disappointed.

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From last strikes there were hours of delays.

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It took like four hours, which normally takes half an hour.

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It stinks, it's not good, especially what's going on with Southern.

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The bad news for commuters is there's going to be considerable

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disruption from Sunday at 6pm, and all day Monday.

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On Monday, all Tube stations in Zone One will be shut.

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The Victoria and the Waterloo City lines won't run.

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There will be a severely reduced service on all the lines,

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What we'll be doing is adding 150 additional buses around

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We'll be putting our travel ambassadors out

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into the stations as well, to help to give people advice.

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Our key advice to people would be to make sure that they check before

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Tonight, one union says it will be attending more talks tomorrow.

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A strike would be a blow to the mayor, who wanted better

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It's also a blow to commuters, who at the moment face

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A whistle-blower has claimed that people lost their lives as a result

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of a computer failure at the London Ambulance Service.

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BBC News can reveal that at least one 999 patient died

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during the technical failure in the early hours

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The service say staff were trained effectively in using a manual

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back-up system and continued to prioritise patients

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A warning - Jon Ironmonger's report contains flashing images.

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Shortly after midnight, when the streets of London

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were packed with people, the multi-million pound computer

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system which logs emergencies and assigns ambulances collapsed.

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For five hours control staff were forced to process hundreds

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The service say they'd been given effective training.

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With an investigation under way into the technical meltdown

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at the London Ambulance Service, one death is now being looked

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at to see if the computer problems were a contributing factor.

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The BBC has heard damning claims from a whistle-blower that the real

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The people of London were failed on New Year's Eve.

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They were watching their loved ones and their friends suffering,

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waiting, not knowing if or when help was going to arrive.

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Do you think there's a chance that people might have died as a result

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If you'd had a cardiac arrest we aim to get you within eight minutes.

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The BBC have seen leaked photographs of the internal staff Facebook page,

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which suggests that some employees felt under extreme pressure

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One member questions why so many patients had to suffer,

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while workers are described as being in tears, shell-shocked,

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Staff are trained to cope in the event of technical

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difficulties and it's not the first time that the computer

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But never before, we understand, for such a long period

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We're very sorry to anyone who experienced delays during those

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We are obviously taking that matter very seriously and to that end

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we've launched a full and comprehensive

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In 2015, the London Ambulance Service was placed

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Since then it's taken steps to improve.

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The Care Quality Commission said it would follow up concerns

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about control room problems during a planned

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Let's find out what the weather's up to with Darren Bett.

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The weather is fairly bland this weekend. Today, after a bright and

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cold start we had always cloud coming our way. It's brought some

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rain and drizzle. Not wet so much as damp, over the next few hours. When

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I drove in it was an intermittent wiper. The rain and drizzle will

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tend to push away southwards, leaving behind low cloud. You don't

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need to worry about frost tonight for once. It will be a mild start,

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but not that mild, as we head into the weekend. There will be a lot of

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cloud in the morning and probably into the afternoon as well. You can

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see a glimpse of sunshine, that will be about it, I would have thought.

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Probably dry. Not much went to shake things up but temperatures may get

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into double figures. -- not much wind to shake things up. On Sunday,

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similar. A peep of sunshine if you are lucky. The wind is gentle from

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the north-west. Temperatures pretty good for the time of year. We

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entered the monotony next week with more unsettled weather over the next

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few days. Good evening. The weather has been

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turning milder and also cloudier through the course of the day. We

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did see some clear spells moving in from the North will stop this was

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the sunset, captured in Dundee. Some clear spells as we headed through

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the course of the afternoon into the evening. Really, through the

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weekend, wiki with a similar theme. Much milder than it has been. A lot

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of cloud around in general, but for most of us think. Dry. Not dry

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everywhere at the moment, particularly across central and

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southern parts of England and Wales. We have a lot of

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