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Now on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.

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Welcome to BBC London News. I'm Louisa Preston.

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First tonight - hundreds of thousands of commuters

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using the UK's busiest railway station face weeks of disruption

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with major engineering works due to begin this weekend.

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A multi-million-pound revamp of Waterloo station will see half

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The upgrade work is in order to create extra space for passengers.

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From tomorrow, there won't be any trains leaving

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Commuters will have to find other ways to get into London.

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From here, it is bus service part of the way,

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onto a train that is already probably going to be rammed.

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I'm going to suffer it for a week, probably work from home for a bit,

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It is just one of those things, really.

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It is a pain, but if it is needed, it is needed.

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Waterloo is the UK's busiest station with 100 million passengers

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It is essential we do this work, lengthen platforms,

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delivering more modern trains, getting more bums

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At the moment, platforms 1-4 are pretty short.

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Look at the rest of the platforms. They are much longer.

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That is hundreds more passengers per train.

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There is no doubt, then, there will be some long-term gain.

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South West has colour-coded the level of disruption.

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Stations in green should be OK, yellow more crowded than usual.

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Stations in orange will be extremely busy, with fewer trains.

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Those in red will be closed at least some of the time.

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Notably, the line through Clapham Junction will be cancelled

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to Chessington and severely disrupted out to Dorking,

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on the Shepperton line and as far as Winchester.

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Services to Reading will also be affected.

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Controversially, there won't be any blanket compensation

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Compensation will continue to be available throughout

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August as it always is, and that is based on the journey

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that our passengers have compared to the timetable that we have been

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At Earlsfield station some commuters are already planning

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The plan is I am going to cycle every day into town I hope.

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That is good for you. Yeah.

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I like an extra half hour in bed but that is gone now.

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I wouldn't mind if it was a week but three weeks is a bit extreme.

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But the works are extensive, costing ?800 million,

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Extra trains will be laid on to try and cope but with 250,000 journeys

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likely to be affected every day, it could be a long

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The terror attack on London Bridge saw hundreds of businesses suffer

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financially because of the closure of Borough Market for 11 days.

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Two months on, and a number of traders say they've yet

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to receive sufficient insurance payments to cover their losses.

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One claims staff may even have to be laid off as a result.

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It is one of the city's most popular destinations,

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with millions of people visiting every year.

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But earlier this year, a terror attack here forced businesses

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The consequences have been significant.

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In the months following the attack, one stallholder said it had

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Another said it only survived because of a charitable donation.

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But the whole market felt the effects.

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Sean estimates his business lost between ?10,000 and ?15,000.

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We couldn't get to our business. We couldn't access our stock.

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We couldn't get to our office. We couldn't do anything.

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You have been in touch with your insurers and you are getting mixed

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It has been a real challenge with the insurers.

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They've not been helpful at all in this process.

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Our initial enquiry, we were told they wouldn't

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Most of the other businesses here have had that message.

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Our insurers have now sent a loss adjuster down to review

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the claim but two months on, no sign of any money.

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And if Sean doesn't get the insurance money he says he might

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His MP Neil Coyle believes some businesses here could even

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He believes the Government has not done enough to help.

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Not only have they not provided direct support but they have failed

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to ensure that the Government-backed insurance system pays out swiftly.

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If businesses are forced to close, jobs and livelihoods

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are lost and income is lost, then the Government

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The Government set up an insurance system to make sure companies

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are covered if they are damaged in a terror attack, but currently it

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doesn't include business closure, which is what happened here.

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But some stalls here say they need help and action now.

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After a spate of horrific acid attacks in London,

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there are calls for tougher charges, for those using it as a weapon.

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Today the Crown Prosecution Service has clarified how the crime

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Acid attacks are pretty high profile at the moment, aren't they? They

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feel like the new menace on our streets, the threat of an acid

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attack. And so the Crown Prosecution Service have responded to the fact

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that lots of people have been calling for tougher laws and

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sentencing and clarified what the sentencing actually is and it is

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already pretty tough. If you are caught carrying acid with intent to

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cause injury, you face a four-year sentence. If you throw acid on

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someone, even if it misses its target, you face a life sentence.

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The big news really is that the Home Office are carrying out a review at

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the moment and that could lead to even tougher sentences. And also,

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restrictions on access to acid because essentially, what we are

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talking about are corrosive liquids that anyone can currently buy from

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pretty much any DIY store. Thank you for joining us. Jim weevil, there.

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That's it for now from me, but let's find out what the weekend

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How good-looking? Not too bad at all and today was

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pretty spectacular at its best, hopefully the sunflower was not the

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only thing which saw some sunshine. The odd light shower overnight,

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temperatures starting Saturday where we started Friday. Saturday

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morning's early showers will be quite light compared to what comes

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later in the morning, on through lunchtime and into the afternoon.

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They could be heavy enough of the odd rumble of thunder. Top

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temperature if you see the sunshine, 21 degrees or so, showers tending to

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fade away and under clear skies, look at this, I know it is August

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but single figure temperatures for some so chilly start but that

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equates when the sun is up to a bright and sunny start to the new

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day. Can we keep it going all day? The cloud fills in a bit but if you

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have a plan for the day, the weather will fit in with it, drive for the

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most part with a high of 21 or 22. Into the start of the new week,

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changeable weather Into the start of the new week,

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changeable weather to say the least. Good evening, mixed, unsettled,

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changeable, many words you could use to describe the weather we've had in

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the last week but heatwave would not be one of them. That is a far cry

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from the weather we have been seeing across southern Europe. Today was

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another day of dangerous heat in places from the Balkans westwards

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towards southern Spain, temperatures well up into the 40s, close to 45

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degrees in parts of southern Spain, a lot of this down to the jet

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stream, southern Europe is on the southern side of the jet stream and

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we are on the northern side of it, the cold side of the jet stream. It

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is the jet stream, the winds high in the atmosphere, that pushes the

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weather systems around the globe. And you can see we have a queue of

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them waiting in the wings to moving over the next few days. The weekend

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essentially stays pretty changeable with a mixture of sunshine and heavy

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