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Welcome to BBC London News
with me Victoria Hollins.
Your daily commute could be
damaging your hearing.
That's the claim from a scientist
at University College London,
who says noise levels
on the underground are,
in places, equivalent to those
found at a rock concert.
BBC London has measured
zones one and two,
to reveal the loudest lines.
Transport for London say
they are monitoring levels
and insist "long term" damage
is highly unlikely.
Gareth Furby has this
Meet Roberta. She is now wearing
earplugs whenever she travels on the
It is definitely
not good for your hearing.
this be true? Could the noise levels
be bad for unprotected ears. To get
some idea I measured ten lines in
central London using calibrated
sound meters and on some lines there
is no doubt it can get very loud.
This is the Victoria line and it is
absolutely deafening. And here we
are on the Northern Line and I have
to shout. Can you hear me? It took
one week to get all the measurements
and as the results started coming in
I had to wear hearing protection.
The data was uploaded to a computer
at the UCL ear Institute and
The Central Line has
allowed this section out of all of
the Tube lines and it gets as loud
as almost 110 decibels. That is
approximately as loud as going to a
The three loudest sections were
on the Central Line from Liverpool
Street to Bethnal Green, on the
Northern Line from Camden Town to
Euston, and on the Jubilee line from
North Greenwich to Canary Wharf.
Also on average the Victoria line is
the loudest followed by the Jubilee,
Northern and centralised at or above
85 decibel is.
If this was a work
environment it would be considered
so loud that you would have to wear
ear protection. These measurements
show the truth is sufficiently loud
to warrant further investigation and
it could be loud enough to damage
We would like the
results to be collected so they
could see for themselves that many
noises are way above healthy levels
and perhaps do their own data
collection as well.
London says noise levels on the Tube
are monitored and they are below
those set by the Health and Safety
Executive whose guidance suggests
such levels are highly unlikely to
concern any body.
There are parts of
the network that are noisier than
others. But you would have to be
exposed for a significant period of
time for it to cause any damage. We
are looking at things like quieter
tracks fastenings so we will replace
the rails, which is designed to give
a smoother journey and a quieter
But one acoustics expert
says a change to the train design
We can do it on trains,
so we should be able to do it with
underground carriages, creating a
pleasant experience and a quieter
Even the Transport for
London says it is highly unlikely
there will be any effect, the UCL
expert who analysed our datasets
passengers hearing this day in, day
out, could think about taking
For people using the
noisier airlines regularly and for
long journeys it would be worthwhile
using hearing protection.
And you can find more
details about the noisiest
parts of the tube, on our
website - bbc.co.uk/london.
A High Court judge has ruled that
doctors can stop providing
to an 11-month-old boy from Peckham
against his parents' wishes.
Isaiah Haastrup suffered severe
brain damage after being deprived
of oxygen at birth.
Staff from King's College Hospital
argued that giving him further
treatment was "not in his best
interests" and that he should be
moved off a ventilator and given
only palliative care.
The leader of Windsor and Maidenhead
council will remain in his post
after surviving a no-confidence vote
tonight. He had called for
aggressive begging to be tackled
before the royal wedding in May
claiming it painted the town in an
unfavourable light. He said the
comment referred to anti-social
behaviour and to people who were not
behaviour and to people
who were not genuinely homeless.
A man has been remanded in custody
after appearing in court
in connection with a car accident
that killed three
teenagers in West London.
The boys, aged between 16 and 17,
were on their way to a birthday
party when they were struck by a car
in Hayes on Friday evening.
Frankie McCamley reports.
Jaynesh Chudasama arriving
at Uxbridge magistrates' court
this morning spoke only
to confirm his name,
age and address as some victims'
family members holding tissues
watched from the public gallery.
The 28-year-old is charged
with three counts of causing death
by dangerous driving.
It was on Friday evening
when the group of teenagers
were travelling to a 16th birthday
party, but when they got
to this bus stop a black Audi
travelling down this road hit
three of them.
Despite paramedics' best efforts
they died at the scene.
All school friends,
the young men have been named
as 16-year-old Josh McGuinness,
George Wilkinson, also 16,
and 17-year-old Harry Rice.
At the crash site today the tragic
news was still sinking in.
James played football with the boys
from the age of seven.
All three of them were the funniest
boys you would ever meet.
They always had smiles
on their faces, always happy,
always causing mischief around
the football club.
They were quality boys.
Christopher also knew
one of the victims.
It is horrible to think
that it has happened that
people have caused this,
that young lads just their lives cut
short, just to think families
and friends have lost young people
who had so much to live for,
it is just horrible.
The Academy the three attended has
released a statement expressing
shock and sadness felt by the loss
of their students, thanking
the community for their support
in the days after the crash.
And following an appeal from police
to find a second suspect believed
to be in the vehicle,
a 34-year-old was arrested yesterday
evening after handing himself
into a police station.
Jaynesh Chudasama has been remanded
in custody and will appear before
the Old Bailey next month.
In around 20 years' time one
in five jobs in cities
like London could be at risk
because of the rise of robots.
Retail, customer service
and warehouse jobs are among those
most at threat of being lost,
according to the Centre for Cities.
The think tank has predicted huge
changes in the way we work
because of technological advances,
but not all of it is bad news.
Here's our Political
Correspondent Karl Mercer.
It is what you might call
a traditional skill.
It is hard work and it is hot work.
At this steel fabricators' in west
London there is much call
for this sort of skill.
Business is good so the men
here are busy, but change
is coming to this industry.
Across the workshop
it sets the future.
It does not look much but this
machine costs £500,000,
bought last year it is changing
the pace and the nature
of work here.
We are looking all the time
for two main reasons.
One is that automation allows
for much better lead times
and better accuracy,
so quality goes up.
And the other thing is it is more
difficult to find skilled people
who want to do the job.
More automation has
meant the workers here
have had to retrain.
When I'm working here
I am just a welder.
Now I am cutting, so I am going up.
Is that better because the machines
mean you don't have to do
all the kind of hard work?
Yes, of course.
That is much better for me.
That is something a new report
from a think tank called Centre
for Cities says many will now
have to do.
It predicts automation could cost
London 900,000 jobs in the next ten
years but says the city is well
placed to cope.
I think it is a gentle prod
that we need to change things.
It is a recognition that
when we think about automation
and globalisation it will create
winners and losers amongst our
cities up and down the country
and if we do things now,
we can maximise the upsides and deal
with some of the downsides.
It is not just manufacturing jobs
that may be under threat.
Those in the service industries may
have to adapt as well.
Many of the orders here now go
direct to the factory floor so those
on the front desk may see changing
roles as well.
A lot of stuff we have
to discuss here because
the margin of error is huge.
One tiny mistake and it
causes a lot of problems.
So you think humans
still have a future.
They definitely do I hope.
Otherwise we would be
extinct by now!
That's it for now from me,
but lets find out what the weather's
up to with Tomasz Schafernaker.
up to with Tomasz Schafernaker.
Hello, I have already been replaced.
I am an automatic weather box. I
will tell you what the weather is
doing for the rest of the week. It
is clear out there right now and the
temperatures are dropping away. A
touch of frost on Tuesday morning
and for most of us it is looking
fine. Tuesday will be nice and sunny
with light winds, much better than
yesterday. Then it is all change on
Wednesday and we have a weather
front moving, in fact two for the
price of one, swinging across the
UK. It really is going to be a windy
day. In the morning it will bring
rainfall and in the afternoon it
will be brighter but probably I
would not be surprised if a few
wintry flurries sweep through the
capital. On Thursday it is still a
pretty cold day. The wins will be
blowing fairly hard, temperatures
roundabout eight Celsius with a
chance of a few showers. On Friday
and at the weekend it is looking a
bit better with sunshine around and
temperatures around 8 degrees. The
weekend outlook looks like we have
got some rain coming on Friday
night, but it will still be quite