25/08/2017 London News


25/08/2017

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After huge disruption on trains in-and-out of London this month -

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things are about to get even worse over the Bank Holiday weekend.

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In fact Network Rail says it'll be their biggest

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ever August Bank Holiday of engineering works.

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Several main London stations will be affected -

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No bank holiday break for these rail engineers,

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working to modernise the network across the capital.

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When it comes to the disruption to services over the next three

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days, it's a fairly comprehensive picture, with most of the main

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Except for Euston, which will be closed altogether.

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This is all a small price to pay for improvements

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that will last for decades, that's according to Network Rail.

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It's about increasing capacity through the centre of London,

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but also improving the range of destinations passengers

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For instance, travelling from Cambridge down to Brighton,

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So the range of travel opportunities will increase significantly

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At Wembley, fans gathering for the Rugby League Cup Final

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And Arsenal fans going to Liverpool on Sunday won't be

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But for many Londoners, it's the continued disruption

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into the next working week that they're really bracing

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They're all saying go with plan B - stay at home,

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But I'm not quite sure that'll happen for some people,

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because they have to be in and be seen.

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Apparently I've only got trains into Victoria,

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So I've got to work out how to get there.

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I think if it has to be done at this time of year when it's quieter

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than the commuter time, then so be it.

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There are three separate, large projects working simultaneously,

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so why not stagger them rather than cause so much chaos at once?

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The majority of work we carry out actually takes place overnight.

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We carry out about 15,000 projects, most of them happen overnight.

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But the ideal time is bank holidays, when there are fewer people

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travelling, and we can deliver these railway megaprojects

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and we can get in there and deliver larger projects.

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17,000 engineers will be working around the clock

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Well into next week, the advice is to carefully plan your journey.

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This weekend's Notting Hill Carnival will be one - like never before.

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Police say they'll have a ring of steel and concrete which they say

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will help "protect Carnival-goers" from the threat of a

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Officers will also carry kits to deal with acid attacks.

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But they have come under criticism for their approach

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Barcelona, and yet another vehicle borne attack.

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And top of the Met police's safety concerns when it comes to Carnival.

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It was one of several areas Scotland Yard

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So those coming to Carnival will see hostile vehicle mitigation.

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Blocks of concrete that will stop and prohibit vehicle access

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A familiar site at this time of year in Notting Hill,

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What has been a less familiar theme in the past has been

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Today, we also found out that officers along the route will have

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This year's pre-Carnival raids have led to over 600 arrests and knives,

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The grime artist Stormzy criticised tweets from the Met

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showing seized drugs, accusing them of only tweeting

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But the Met responded today, calling it an uncompromising

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The Metropolitan Police are charged with the safety and security

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of the largest event in the capital's calendar.

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It would be remiss of us not to be robust.

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We will be uncompromising on our determination

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to keep our communities safe and secure, and that is why

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we always have, at all of our major events, an intelligence led

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Up to 1 million people will dance through the streets

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The message from the Met police today was clear,

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It's one of the busiest motorway junctions in the country with more

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accidents than any other in England - But plans to improve the M25

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at junction 10 could threaten a number of rare trees and plants

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Highways England says the upgrade will make the road safer -

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but as Helen Drew reports, there are many who are unhappy.

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Wisley Gardens was founded over 100 years ago.

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It's considered a centre of horticultural excellence.

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It's also close to where the M25 meets the A3.

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The junction's congested, and Highways England

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The Royal Horticultural Society is worried one proposal

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will see the A3 widened, potentially losing

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Over 100 years old, one of several down this great strip, this,

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along with rhododendrons, magnolias, camellias -

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The RHS fears 500 trees in total could be cut down.

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Highways England says the strip of road in question has one

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of the highest collision rates in the country, and they

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I use that road everyday too, I'm also a commuter coming from London,

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But there is a brownfield site on the other side of the road

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where an extension could take place which wouldn't involve taking some

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The RHS wants Highways England to choose an option

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which would have less impact on these historic gardens.

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Anyone fearing the worst from the weather this weekend, take this. How

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about this for a bank holiday week" makes getting warmer as the weekend

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goes on. Overnight we have some patchy cloud and clear spells.

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Temperatures heading down to the mid to low teens. Maybe missed the in

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one or two spots. Maybe a breath of wind. For Saturday and Sunday, it is

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not clear blue skies, there will be some areas of cloud around but it is

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looking drive. Getting into the mid-20s, perhaps even 26 selfies.

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Really similar for part two of the weekend on Sunday. The sun makes an

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appearance again. Very light winds on Sunday and similar temperatures.

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This weekend has a part three, it is a bank holiday. That will be the

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warmest day of the weekend as we reach into the upper 20s. It is

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cooler by the time we get to cooler by the time we get to

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Tuesday. Now the National forecast. Hello, good evening. A mainly quiet

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weekend of whether coming up but on the other side of the Atlantic, a

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major weather story is developing. Hurricane Harvey has been

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strengthening. This has really developed. The eye of the storm

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becoming visible as this storm approach of land for now across the

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coast of Texas. It will bring strong winds, a storm surge which could

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inundate coastal areas with floodwater. The

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