27/12/2017 London News


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You can see more on today's stories

on the BBC News Channel.

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Good evening from BBC London news.

on the BBC News Channel.

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I'm Claudia-Liza Armah.

on the BBC News Channel.

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With train fares set to rise next

week, a new poll has revealed more

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than half of Londoners believe

commuter trains have deteriorated

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over the past year -

and that the capital's railway lines

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should be taken over

by Transport for London.

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The Mayor has said the findings

are a 'damning indictment'

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of the failures of rail companies.

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Nicola Ford reports.

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Strikes.

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Delays.

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Cancellations.

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And, frustration.

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2017 has been another difficult year

for people on trains

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in and out of London.

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And now that has been reflected

in a YouGov poll of 1000 people,

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which reveals 37% thought that

National Rail services

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had got worse.

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Just 8% thought they had improved

and 61% thought that Transport

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for London should have greater

control over rail services.

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That's an idea strongly supported

by the Mayor of London,

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who commissioned the poll.

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They are fed up of very poor

and unreliable services.

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Overcrowding, poor frequencies and,

of course, rising rail fares.

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I think TfL have shown

from their work on the TfL I think

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TfL have shown from their work

on the TfL Overground and TfL Rail

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that they can run really

excellent and reliable,

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frequent services, and of course

maintain the mayor's fare freeze.

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The government says that they will

look at transferring services

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on smaller lines to the mayor,

but Sadiq Khan would like greater

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control over trains run

by South Eastern, South Western,

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Southern and Thames Link.

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Weary passengers at St Albans

heading back to work this

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morning were sceptical.

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No, I'm not in favour

of that at all.

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I think when larger bodies get

involved, it causes larger

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problems, generally.

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I prefer the service

to keep improving by those

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who are currently running it.

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It is difficult to say.

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To say whether or not it

would make a difference,

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it would just be a new owner doing

the same thing.

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Theoretically, I mean if it

would put St Albans on the Oyster,

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it would be amazingly helpful

because it is so close

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to London anyway.

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And rail passenger groups think that

TfL are well-placed to take over.

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There is evidence from other cities,

like in Liverpool, where Mersey

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where Mersey Travel took over

the local suburban services there,

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and services have improved.

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We think that combination of local

knowledge and local accountability,

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and better connections with the rest

of the London transport network,

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make for a really good service.

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The government say they are

investing record amounts

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in the railways and decisions

on devolution are based

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on what would make journeys

better for passengers.

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Judging by the poll today,

those passengers certainly think

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there's room for improvement.

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A man who was jailed for throwing

acid across a nightclub has admitted

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hiding a mobile phone

inside the crutches

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he was using while in prison.

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Arthur Collins hid the phone,

two sim cards and two USB sticks

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while awaiting his trail

at Thameside Prison.

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The ex-boyfriend of reality TV-star

Ferne McCann was jailed for 20 years

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over the acid attack that happened

at an east London club in April.

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Several flights out

of the capital's airports

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were cancelled or delayed today -

after London and the Home Counties

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were hit by flurries of snow.

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Sleet and ice also made for

dangerous conditions on the roads.

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The heaviest snowfall

was in Buckinghamshire

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and Hertfordshire, Caroline Davies

was there and sent this report.

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It might look like a Christmas card,

but conditions today

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were far from idyllic.

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Torrential rain overnight turned

to snow by this morning,

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making roads slippy

and occasionally treacherous.

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This car came off the road in Essex,

another turned on its side

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in South Buckinghamshire.

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The RAC said its calls were up

between 15-20% in south London,

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Hertfordshire and Kent.

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Airports were affected

as well, Stansted was shut.

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When it did open, flights

were cancelled and delayed.

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Luton had problems too, reducing

the number of flights landing.

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The heaviest snow around London

was in Buckinghamshire

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and Hertfordshire, although much

of it turned to slush.

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Here in Hertfordshire the snow may

not have stuck around for the entire

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day but the effects of it did.

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In Aldbury, the Greyhound Inn lost

business after customers

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were not keen to drive.

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We've had about 50 people

cancelled this morning.

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Three rooms cancelled as well.

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It's a slow day, we do lose

quite a lot, especially

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during the holidays.

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In Hertfordshire, 600 tonnes of salt

was used, with gritters out

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across the Home Counties and London

this afternoon trying to keep

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the roads safe as slush

turns to ice overnight.

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Caroline Davies, BBC London News.

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So, will that ice still be

causing problems tomorrow?

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Lots of weather watcher pictures

coming in of the snow we saw

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earlier. Some places saw

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coming in of the snow we saw

earlier. Some places saw a good few

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centimetres. For many others, these

no fleeting. It turned quickly back

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to rain. Snow would be a major

hazard overnight tonight. Instead

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everything that fell out of the sky,

will refreeze on the roads and

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pavements so ice will be a major

issue tomorrow morning. Particularly

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on untreated surfaces. A Met Office

weather warning out. Tomorrow

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promises to be quite pleasant, the

weather nicer than today. Sparkling

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winter sunshine around, blue skies

for the most. A lighter

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north-westerly breeze and top

temperatures between three and six

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Celsius. Still feeling cold. Another

frost on Thursday night into Friday.

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On Friday the air turns Miles,

further outbreaks of rain and quite

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windy. It promises to be a mild end

to the year. That's it from me.

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We're back with morning updates

during the breakfast programme

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tomorrow. Until then, have yourself

a very good. Goodbye.

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