01/01/2018 London News


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Now on BBC One, time

for the news where you are.

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Good evening and welcome

to BBC London.

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I'm Chris Rogers.

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Work to transform one

of London's busiest rails

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stations is almost complete,

and London Bridge station

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will fully reopen tomorrow.

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It couldn't come soon enough

for thousands of commuters who have

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often faced delays or had to find

new routes in to the capital, since

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work began on the station in 2013.

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We're told the pain

will be worth it.

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Tara Welsh reports.

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Some little finishing touches

to what has been a huge project

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here at London Bridge.

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The capital's oldest station has

been completely redeveloped.

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The idea is to allow

more trains to travel

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through London with fewer delays.

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The Thameslink programme

is all about connecting people north

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and south of London.

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This is transformational in terms

of rail travel across London.

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It will take pressure

off the Northern line,

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it will mean that people don't have

to interchange onto the Tube

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either side of London -

they can travel straight

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through from destinations

like Peterborough and Cambridge

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and Bedford in the north,

right down to Brighton, Horsham

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and Maidstone in the south-east.

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One of the biggest parts

of the project has been to untangle

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the complex web of tracks leading

to the station.

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Here at Bermondsey, trains will now

pass under and over each other,

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hopefully leading to fewer delays.

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All of the tracks here

at London Bridge have been replaced.

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And the work has been

ongoing every single day.

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But some of it has been

so disruptive, it's had

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to completely close the station.

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And on those occasions,

there have been up to 2,000 people

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working on this site.

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And the project has not

been without challenges.

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There have been chaotic scenes

at times throughout the programme.

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We recognise that there has been

disruption for people while we've

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been constructing London Bridge

here, and whilst we've been

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remodelling the track layout

and redoing the railway signalling

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here at London Bridge.

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And we thank people

for their patience, and hopefully

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they'll recognise that the end

product has been something that's

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been worth waiting for.

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Some of the work will

go on to the spring.

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But for now, passengers will see

a new concourse, extra entrances

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and five new platforms.

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And after three years,

Cannon Street services

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will stop here again.

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But as a New Year brings higher

fares, passengers might not be

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in a celebratory mood

at tomorrow's reopening.

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Tara Welsh, BBC London News.

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Thousands of people lined

the streets of central London

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to support the New Year's Parade,

which celebrated the diversity

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of London's communities.

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It's a popular event on US TV

networks, but this year,

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organisers were keen

to reflect our own culture,

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as well as playing host to dozens

of American marching bands.

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Sarah Harris reports.

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It's not Chinese New

Year until February.

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But for the first time,

London's Chinese community came

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to join the New Year's parade

to celebrate the capital's

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diversity and spirit.

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We all love to share our culture

and that's why, when it's

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Chinese New Year, everyone come

and join us as well.

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We say happy New Year but we also

say, "Xin nian kuai le".

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And we also say,

"Gong hei fat choy!"

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Like that!

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The parade is watched

by millions of Americans

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as they wake up to the New Year

watching breakfast television.

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Many of the 8,000 performers came

from across the Atlantic.

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But this year, organisers

are keen to promote dozens

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of London traditions

from across all of

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the London boroughs.

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Clyde, pearly king of Woolwich.

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Peggy Scott, Pearly

Queen of Highgate.

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Sue Pace, Pearly Queen

of Forest Gate.

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It's meeting the people,

it always is, like, you know,

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we take this time out,

we're collecting money most

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of the time, but this

one's our little bit of fun.

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So, just going down,

saying hello to all the people,

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all the visitors - it's lovely.

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Thousands of people lined the route

from Green Park Tube station

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to Parliament Square.

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There were visitors from all over

the world, but plenty of Londoners

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keen to get out of the house

and support the event

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in the heart of London.

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We celebrate the culture,

and what London is about,

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and all the traditions.

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It gives you a sense of pride that

a city like London can still produce

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these fantastic events -

and it's starting to rain!

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It's the first time

I've ever been as well.

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Or any of us have ever been.

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So, yeah, we're really

impressed, it's been great.

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17 London boroughs took part,

with special vantage points made

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for children with disabilities

to get the best view.

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Half of the performers may come

from the United States,

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but organisers were determined that

in 2018, London's unique spirit

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would shine through.

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Sarah Harris, BBC London News.

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That's it from me.

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We'll be back tomorrow,

with breakfast bulletins.

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So I'll say good night, and leave

you with the weather forecast

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from Georgina Burnett.

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Good evening.

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Well, we finished 2017

on a wet and windy note, and

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that's how we're

starting 2018 as well.

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So, this evening, a few

blustery showers around.

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They will move away overnight, and,

actually, we're left

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with fairly clear skies.

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Temperatures down to about

2-3 Celsius, the wind

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dropping off as well,

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so we could see a little bit

of frost in more rural

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spots in the morning,

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and some fog patches as well.

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But a dry start the many of us.

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The mid-morning, though,

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brings some rain in from the west,

and that's going to be

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fairly heavy at times.

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A southerly wind picks up as well.

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The rain does take a little

while to clear, so the further east

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you are, the later you're

going to see the late back of that.

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For many, a wet afternoon.

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But drier towards the end

of the day for those

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in western parts of London.

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Temperatures getting up

to about 10-11 Celsius.

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And we continue with that

wet and windy theme

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for much of the week -

have a look at the outlook,

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and you can see some wet weather

over the next few days.

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I'll now hand you over to Susan

Powell for the national forecast.

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