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Welcome to BBC London News with me Alice Bhandhukravi.
With the go-ahead given tonight for Theresa May to start
negotiations on Britain's departure from the EU, there's some
uncertainty over how Brexit could affect the capital's workforce
With many workers coming from abroad, there are fears major
infrastructure projects could be affected.
Does Brexit mean boom or bust for our builders?
Well, the forecast was gloomy but today, new figures from one
Well, the forecast was gloomy but today new figures from one
respected source say things are looking up.
The construction sector in the capital is holding up really well.
It's underpinned by big infrastructure projects,
things like High Speed 2, the Thames Tideway tunnels and also
housing projects, like this, which are going forward.
Even though there are some areas which are a bit more
vulnerable to Brexit, like the commercial sector,
office building, overall, we're looking at strong growth over
In fact, the sector is expected to grow at an annual average rate
of 2.4% over the next five years, well above the UK average of 1.7%.
What that means in terms of jobs is over the same period 19,000
The outlook may be rather optimistic now in terms
of London's construction sector but there are still risks to do with
If you speak to the foreman here, he will tell you it's all about how
he keeps and retains his workforce, like Marko here from Albania.
On this site, two thirds of the workers come from Europe.
Across the sector in London, around 40% of builders come from abroad.
That's why, with Brexit and the threat of strict migration
controls, this developer is investing much more in training,
training local London graduates like Conor.
There's a lot of uncertainties and it's all about being pro-active.
I mean, you can wait and see what tomorrow brings or you can act
If others follow and invest more and more in training,
it'll represent a significant change to an industry that has enjoyed
a constant stream of cheap, skilled labour from abroad.
It will also represent a significant cost.
For us, it is about investing in the future
We've talked a lot and heard a lot about the skilled labour shortage
and how the uncertainty of Brexit is going to affect us.
For us, this is the right thing to do.
We need to invest in the future of the construction industry.
So for now, there is plenty of work about and as they get their heads
down with the job at hand, it'll be for others to answer
Which big projects will replace the current ones once
How much of a skills shortfall will Brexit cause?
And will more training plug the gap and by when?
An investigation is under way after several people were injured
as they fled a rush hour train in Dalston.
Passengers were forced to jump on the tracks
after smoke filled a carriage - it was caused by an overheating
Here's our transport correspondent Tom Edwards.
You can still hear the anxiety and panic from commuters,
who just moments earlier, after seeing smoke, used
an emergency lever to open the doors, fled the carriages
and ran down the platform, with some going on to the nearby tracks.
Right, we just need to get people moving.
It all happened at just after 7am at Dalston Kingsland Overground
Robert was on the train and took the footage.
He witnessed the sheer confusion and the stampede.
The only way to run to were the train tracks.
I'm thinking, what if another train is coming?
You know, we had no choice, we just had to run onto the tracks.
I thought that someone is attacking us.
I thought that there someone, possibly with a gun or something
like that because, I mean, the whole train was running.
In the rush to get from the train, a number of passengers were injured.
A battery from a drill overheated and started smoking.
Three off-duty police officers helped to find it.
Transport for London says all the trains in the area had been
People wanted to get away from the event
They did so safely and we were happy that the outcome worked well for us.
Four of those injured were taken to hospital.
The police say this incident was not suspicious.
But transport bosses will review what happened and how
so many passengers ended up on potentially dangerous tracks.
A housing estate in Rainham, which cost ?31 million of public
money, has been beset by problems with the build and maintenance.
Now residents at Orchard Village - which was only finished three years
Ever since Colin Nicholas moved into his new home
a year and a half ago, he's had no end of problems.
It has been particularly stressful because he has two young children.
In the end, she contracted a bacterial infection,
which made her very ill and she was admitted to hospital.
It is one of a long list of problems in his shared ownership home,
This is his neighbour's property, where there is widespread mould.
Across the site, there are poorly fitted pipes,
unsecured doors and gates, faulty smoke alarms.
All this at a site which is less than five years old.
It cost ?80 million to build and out of that, more than ?30 million
Colin and other residents blame Clarion Housing Group who are now
responsible for the site, but only since last
November when they merged with Circle Housing,
But Clarion Housing blame the builders.
We want to find out exactly what's wrong with the whole estate
so we can go in and do the job properly and put it right.
And we'll also be looking at putting the bill at Willmott Dixon as well
because to be honest we think that they are
These are substantial problems and it is so unfair for people
to be living like this, including the elderly and children.
What will you be doing to rectify those problems?
I think they have had a truly awful time.
So we've already done some of the repairs that
are needed but actually, we want to capture them
all and go back and do all the repairs that are needed.
The builder, Willmott Dixon, told us tonight that they take
their responsibilities very seriously and gave an absolute
commitment to put things right and said they never walked away
But they went on to say, before they could complete the repairs,
the housing association took over responsibility for the work.
Havering Council, who signed off the build, said
during their numerous inspections, they did not find any issues that
breached building regulations during construction.
Colin says unlike other residents, he does not want to see
the development torn down and rebuilt.
But he does want a decent home to raise his family
It's all change for Great Britain's Fed Cup tennis team
as Anne Keothavong takes over from Judy Murray.
On day one of the tournament, Heather Watson won in straight sets
against Portuguese opponent Ines Murta in Estonia.
Our sports reporter Emma Jones met the new captain before
Game, set and match, Miss Keothavong.
Anne Keothavong was once in the world's top 50.
Now she's back as captain of Great Britain's Fed Cup team.
She's taking over from Judy Murray, someone
Because, let's face it, I think she's been the most
successful tennis coach in this country.
She's produced two world number ones in Jamie and Andy, so she knows
She is so passionate about the game and that rubs off
Anne is part of her own tennis dynasty.
Her brother, James, recently umpired the men's final
And, having recently added to the family, she says,
like so many working mums, it can be tough to find a balance.
When I was in Australia earlier this year, I must admit for the first
week I cried every day, because I missed her so much.
But I take comfort in the fact that I'm not the only woman
who is working and not the only woman out there who has
to occasionally spend time away from their kids.
British women's tennis seems to be on the up,
with Johanna Konta currently ranked tenth in the world.
You always want to leave the sport in a better place
I think that's the aim of every athlete, whatever
The short-term goal, with Konta playing and Keothavong as captain,
is to get further in the Fed Cup than the team has in decades.
That's it from me. Time for me to wish you good night and I will leave
you with Louise who has the weather. Good evening. Expect a winter
flavour on the menu as we go through the remainder of the week. Tomorrow
will be a cloudy and cold day. To the north of London we will see
temperatures around minus two first thing. A scattering of showers
running in off the Thames Estuary and down to the south of the Thames
as we go through the day. These containing a few flakes of snow from
time to time. It will be a cold afternoon too. Those showers are
likely to continue overnight, again we could see a light dusting of snow
perhaps across the higher ground, nothing particularly special. But
with temperatures falling there could be icy stretches first thing
in the morning. Again a cold start on Friday and perhaps a frost,
particularly to the north of London. Friday is likely to see fewer
showers but still a cold day with that brisk breeze. Let's look ahead
to the weekend. It stays cold and cloudy and Ben Rich will take you
through the bigger cloudy and Ben Rich will take you
through the bigger picture. Good evening. Over the next few days
I suspect it's going to feel like we have been plunged into the deep
freeze. Cold weather on the way and not necessarily crisp cold weather,
with blue skies. A lot of cloud, there was some sunshine today across
parts of west Wales, for instance. That lifted temperatures up to 11.
But further east as you can see from the picture, there was a lot of
cloud feeding in and that pegged temperatures down into single
figures, because there is increasingly cold air heading in
this direction on a cold and fairly strong wind. Tonight that wind will
continue to deliver wintry showers, particularly close to the east
coast, a mixture of rain and sleet along the