09/01/2017 London News


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Welcome to BBC London News with me Riz Lateef.

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The Prime Minister's called it "unfair and

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Millions of commuters struggled with journeys today as the tube

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strike closed all underground stations in central London -

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Services won't be fully back to normal until at

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Our Transport Correspondent Tom Edwards is at Oxford Circus station,

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It doesn't look too promising. Frustrating day for many, Tom. Yes,

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this strike finished more than four hours ago but as you can see many

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stations in zone one remain shut. This strike has had a considerable

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impact. It has been a long day

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for London's commuters, and as they headed home tonight,

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a weary indignation. It's been a complete,

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absolute nightmare today. I should be revising with my

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daughter, who's taking her mocks. I'm probably not going to get

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in and have at least I'm not quite sure what their

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striking about, to be honest. I think us commuters should

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have a ticket strike instead. I do have sympathy,

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because I imagine they are striking for something, but I think doing it

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like five days after everyone gets back to work, they could have timed

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it a little bit better. This was a day of long queues,

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delays and disruption. This was Waterloo, as commuters

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switched to the buses. It is a nightmare, because I'm

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going to get to work I know what they're after,

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and it seems to be OK, what they want, but it's wrong

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affecting people Many didn't know about

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the strike, and couldn't get We were here at 5:30am

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and I couldn't get on the 29, You've not been here

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since five though, have you? No, I've been here

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since half past five. I've tried to get on three buses

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this morning so far and I haven't been able to get on yet,

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it's so busy. At Clapham Junction

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the station struggled to cope. At one point overcrowding meant it

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had to be evacuated. To be honest, I don't know

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why they're striking, but I know it's affected me

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because I'm late for work. The roads took the brunt,

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with average speeds dropping to two miles an hour in some areas,

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as old heritage buses were brought The Thames Clippers

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on the river did cope well, It's not our fault,

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we're paying money, OK? Why I'm paying money and have

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to walk, run, for what? Today was also the start of the exam

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season, and for some students the strike couldn't have come

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at a worse time. At Kings, the university

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says it will offer Most did make it to their exams,

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but it wasn't straightforward. Clapham Junction station was closed,

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so we ended up getting a one-hour bus to Shepherd's Bush,

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and then running from Shepherd's Bush here,

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which meant we were just in time for the exam, but it

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was quite stressful. I think it was probably more

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stressful than the exam itself. And many Londoners

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took to social media. At Liverpool Street,

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this was the bus queue. It stretched right

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around the station. And while many took to two wheels

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and cycled, the bike hire scheme This dispute goes back

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to 2015 and the closure of all London Underground ticket

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offices and the loss of 838 jobs. London Underground now admits more

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staff are needed on the tube. The sticking point and the reason

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for this strike is, how many? At King's Cross, more

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queues for cabs and buses. There were some tube

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trains, but not many. What are they striking for,

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was it the 24-hour thing still? It's making it very inconvenient

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now, but they have to do And tonight the bad news

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for commuters is this dispute First let's hear from

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both sides involved - including the Mayor,

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who during his election campaign said he would roll up his sleeves

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to make sure there are zero So does he see today

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as a sign of failure? Here's our political

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correspondent Karl Mercer. Sadly, not to each other,

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but fighting a war of The Mayor and Transport for London

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condemning the strikes. Their only common ground they both

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claim - a willingness to talk. Yeah, we are absolutely open

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to talks at any moment in time. We will get back there

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tomorrow, as soon as We have to resolve

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these things amicably I would suggest once

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we get through this we get Are you discussing

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when you will talk them? Are you discussing

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when you will talk then? At the moment we have said

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that we will do this We have made it clear to Acas

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that we are available for talks and we would expect them to be in

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contact with Acas in a similar way. Not good news then for Londoners

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who battled to work today. I think the strike today is

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completely unnecessary and causing Businesses will lose

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millions of pounds in to reach their hospital

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appointments, the strike could have We have to draw the powers that be,

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the Mayor and his senior that we cannot essentially

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be pushed away with It's an embarrassment for the Mayor,

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who said during his election campaign he'd aim for

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zero days of strikes. Much harder to deliver

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when you're actually in power. And to put more staff back

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in stations to help solve the dispute would mean taking money

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from somewhere else. If as a result of this we must

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change things within our organisation, to ensure

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that we provide that right service at the front line,

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those are the decisions that we will make and

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that is what we will do. So you are saying there

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might be extra money, you might have to move

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the budgets around? I don't think there's extra money,

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it is about moving the The politics of the strike will be

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far from the minds of commuters, but it seems they have also put

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the Mayor at odds with his party. Would you like to see the Labour

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Party nationally condemn the strike for the damage caused, as you say,

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to the economy of London? It is for them to talk about what

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they do nationally. All I can talk about is London

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and I know that the strike could have been avoided, I know

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that the strike is unnecessary. The Labour Mayor has described this

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as unnecessary, the strike. Well, look, I was not in the room

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when the discussions were But I do know that

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there's a legitimate beef when over 800 jobs go

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out of the system. Not quite on the same

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page it would seem then. The Mayor's immediate focus

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though will be on getting Let's go back to Tom

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at Oxford Circus. The strike finished

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almost five hours ago - There are some services running

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tonight but not many. Tfl says the Tube will not get back to normal

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until tomorrow, until first thing tomorrow. If we look at the

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statistics that Tfl have put out, they say 70% of stations in the end

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today were open. But I think it's still really a pretty appalling

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service for commuters. And obviously the worrying thing for passengers is

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this dispute has still got a long way to go. It's still a long way

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from being resolved. Tom, is it fair to say this week will test the

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resilience of Londoners? Yes, and I have been struggling to

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think of a worse week for commuters. Certainly rail and Tube commuters.

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Tomorrow there is a drivers' strike again on Southern Railway is and

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also a strike on Wednesday the 11th and Friday the 13th, another

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three-day strike later in January. The operator says there will be no

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service at all on Southern. It is all pretty grim for commuters, I'm

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afraid. Tom, many thanks, transport correspondent, Tom Edwards.

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And leave you with Wendy for a look at the weather -

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which wasn't too kind to commuters today.

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All we needed was a bit of rain. At least while we went about time it

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was on the mild side, that is how we start this week. It was 11 degrees,

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I know it didn't feel it in the rain. It is becoming windy through

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this week and that will turn it much colder. Here is the rain we had

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today, it really set in once it got to us and as it shifted through

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during this evening's rush hour a line of showers went through quite

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heavy in some clear sky above. We have the moon and stars out and that

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is how it will stake through tonight. Just a bit of patchy cloud

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and maybe the odd shower. Mostly dry with the breeze picking up which

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works in our favour because temperatures will not fall to freeze

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and although near enough, three or four and maybe as low as one in some

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rural parts. Either way, a chilly start to the day tomorrow for the

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next struggle into work. There will be sunshine first thing but the

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breeze picks up from a westerly direction and it is from that

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direction cloud will arrive later in the day. Probably bringing one or

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two outbreaks of rain into the evening rush hour once again but not

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so much as today. Temperatures will be down on what we had today at

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around 7-9 but the really cold weather starts to dig in and

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eventually through Wednesday after this cold front has gone through. We

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have north-westerly winds and you can see wintry showers across the

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North of England and Scotland. I think Wednesday will start on the

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mild side but when the cold front works through and the wind picks up

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as well it will feel quite bitter by the end of the day. You will more so

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feel that on Thursday and Friday unfortunately. They will be some

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sunny crisp weather but any precipitation we get will be of a

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wintry nation and precipitation we get will be of a

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wintry nation and Thursday is one we have to watch out for. The weekend

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outlook, it stays chilly with a northerly wind and possibly frosty

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nights. The national weather forecast now.

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Wet and windy weather across the western side of Scotland.

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Blood-pressure is in charge of the weather, lots of isobars and it

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