29/01/2018 London News


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We talked to those who have had

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Welcome to BBC London News

with me Victoria Hollins.

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Your daily commute could be

damaging your hearing.

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That's the claim from a scientist

at University College London,

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who says noise levels

on the underground are,

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in places, equivalent to those

found at a rock concert.

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BBC London has measured

zones one and two,

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to reveal the loudest lines.

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Transport for London say

they are monitoring levels

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and insist "long term" damage

is highly unlikely.

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Gareth Furby has this

special investigation.

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Meet Roberta. She is now wearing

earplugs whenever she travels on the

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London Underground.

It is definitely

not good for your hearing.

But could

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this be true? Could the noise levels

be bad for unprotected ears. To get

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some idea I measured ten lines in

central London using calibrated

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sound meters and on some lines there

is no doubt it can get very loud.

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This is the Victoria line and it is

absolutely deafening. And here we

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are on the Northern Line and I have

to shout. Can you hear me? It took

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one week to get all the measurements

and as the results started coming in

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I had to wear hearing protection.

The data was uploaded to a computer

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at the UCL ear Institute and

analysed.

The Central Line has

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allowed this section out of all of

the Tube lines and it gets as loud

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as almost 110 decibels. That is

approximately as loud as going to a

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gig.

The three loudest sections were

on the Central Line from Liverpool

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Street to Bethnal Green, on the

Northern Line from Camden Town to

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Euston, and on the Jubilee line from

North Greenwich to Canary Wharf.

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Also on average the Victoria line is

the loudest followed by the Jubilee,

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Northern and centralised at or above

85 decibel is.

If this was a work

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environment it would be considered

so loud that you would have to wear

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ear protection. These measurements

show the truth is sufficiently loud

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to warrant further investigation and

it could be loud enough to damage

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people's hearing.

We would like the

results to be collected so they

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could see for themselves that many

noises are way above healthy levels

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and perhaps do their own data

collection as well.

Transport for

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London says noise levels on the Tube

are monitored and they are below

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those set by the Health and Safety

Executive whose guidance suggests

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such levels are highly unlikely to

concern any body.

There are parts of

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the network that are noisier than

others. But you would have to be

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exposed for a significant period of

time for it to cause any damage. We

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are looking at things like quieter

tracks fastenings so we will replace

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the rails, which is designed to give

a smoother journey and a quieter

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journey.

But one acoustics expert

says a change to the train design

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could help.

We can do it on trains,

so we should be able to do it with

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underground carriages, creating a

pleasant experience and a quieter

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experience.

Even the Transport for

London says it is highly unlikely

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there will be any effect, the UCL

expert who analysed our datasets

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passengers hearing this day in, day

out, could think about taking

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precautions.

For people using the

noisier airlines regularly and for

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long journeys it would be worthwhile

using hearing protection.

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And you can find more

details about the noisiest

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parts of the tube, on our

website - bbc.co.uk/london.

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A High Court judge has ruled that

doctors can stop providing

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life-support treatment

to an 11-month-old boy from Peckham

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against his parents' wishes.

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Isaiah Haastrup suffered severe

brain damage after being deprived

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of oxygen at birth.

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Staff from King's College Hospital

argued that giving him further

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treatment was "not in his best

interests" and that he should be

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moved off a ventilator and given

only palliative care.

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The leader of Windsor and Maidenhead

council will remain in his post

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after surviving a no-confidence vote

tonight. He had called for

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aggressive begging to be tackled

before the royal wedding in May

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claiming it painted the town in an

unfavourable light. He said the

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comment referred to anti-social

behaviour and to people who were not

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genuinely homeless.

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behaviour and to people

who were not genuinely homeless.

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A man has been remanded in custody

after appearing in court

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in connection with a car accident

that killed three

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teenagers in West London.

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The boys, aged between 16 and 17,

were on their way to a birthday

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party when they were struck by a car

in Hayes on Friday evening.

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Frankie McCamley reports.

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Jaynesh Chudasama arriving

at Uxbridge magistrates' court

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this morning spoke only

to confirm his name,

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age and address as some victims'

family members holding tissues

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watched from the public gallery.

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The 28-year-old is charged

with three counts of causing death

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by dangerous driving.

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It was on Friday evening

when the group of teenagers

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were travelling to a 16th birthday

party, but when they got

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to this bus stop a black Audi

travelling down this road hit

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three of them.

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Despite paramedics' best efforts

they died at the scene.

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All school friends,

the young men have been named

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as 16-year-old Josh McGuinness,

George Wilkinson, also 16,

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and 17-year-old Harry Rice.

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At the crash site today the tragic

news was still sinking in.

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James played football with the boys

from the age of seven.

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All three of them were the funniest

boys you would ever meet.

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They always had smiles

on their faces, always happy,

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always causing mischief around

the football club.

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They were quality boys.

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Christopher also knew

one of the victims.

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It is horrible to think

that it has happened that

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people have caused this,

that young lads just their lives cut

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short, just to think families

and friends have lost young people

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who had so much to live for,

it is just horrible.

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The Academy the three attended has

released a statement expressing

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shock and sadness felt by the loss

of their students, thanking

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the community for their support

in the days after the crash.

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And following an appeal from police

to find a second suspect believed

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to be in the vehicle,

a 34-year-old was arrested yesterday

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evening after handing himself

into a police station.

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Jaynesh Chudasama has been remanded

in custody and will appear before

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the Old Bailey next month.

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In around 20 years' time one

in five jobs in cities

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like London could be at risk

because of the rise of robots.

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Retail, customer service

and warehouse jobs are among those

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most at threat of being lost,

according to the Centre for Cities.

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The think tank has predicted huge

changes in the way we work

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because of technological advances,

but not all of it is bad news.

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Here's our Political

Correspondent Karl Mercer.

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It is what you might call

a traditional skill.

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It is hard work and it is hot work.

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At this steel fabricators' in west

London there is much call

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for this sort of skill.

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Business is good so the men

here are busy, but change

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is coming to this industry.

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Across the workshop

it sets the future.

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It does not look much but this

machine costs £500,000,

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bought last year it is changing

the pace and the nature

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of work here.

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We are looking all the time

for two main reasons.

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One is that automation allows

for much better lead times

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and better accuracy,

so quality goes up.

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And the other thing is it is more

difficult to find skilled people

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who want to do the job.

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More automation has

meant the workers here

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have had to retrain.

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When I'm working here

I am just a welder.

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Now I am cutting, so I am going up.

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Is that better because the machines

mean you don't have to do

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all the kind of hard work?

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Yes, of course.

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That is much better for me.

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That is something a new report

from a think tank called Centre

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for Cities says many will now

have to do.

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It predicts automation could cost

London 900,000 jobs in the next ten

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years but says the city is well

placed to cope.

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I think it is a gentle prod

that we need to change things.

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It is a recognition that

when we think about automation

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and globalisation it will create

winners and losers amongst our

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cities up and down the country

and if we do things now,

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we can maximise the upsides and deal

with some of the downsides.

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It is not just manufacturing jobs

that may be under threat.

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Those in the service industries may

have to adapt as well.

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Many of the orders here now go

direct to the factory floor so those

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on the front desk may see changing

roles as well.

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A lot of stuff we have

to discuss here because

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the margin of error is huge.

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One tiny mistake and it

causes a lot of problems.

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So you think humans

still have a future.

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They definitely do I hope.

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Otherwise we would be

extinct by now!

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That's it for now from me,

but lets find out what the weather's

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up to with Tomasz Schafernaker.

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up to with Tomasz Schafernaker.

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Hello, I have already been replaced.

I am an automatic weather box. I

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will tell you what the weather is

doing for the rest of the week. It

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is clear out there right now and the

temperatures are dropping away. A

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touch of frost on Tuesday morning

and for most of us it is looking

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fine. Tuesday will be nice and sunny

with light winds, much better than

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yesterday. Then it is all change on

Wednesday and we have a weather

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front moving, in fact two for the

price of one, swinging across the

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UK. It really is going to be a windy

day. In the morning it will bring

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rainfall and in the afternoon it

will be brighter but probably I

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would not be surprised if a few

wintry flurries sweep through the

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capital. On Thursday it is still a

pretty cold day. The wins will be

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blowing fairly hard, temperatures

roundabout eight Celsius with a

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chance of a few showers. On Friday

and at the weekend it is looking a

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bit better with sunshine around and

temperatures around 8 degrees. The

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weekend outlook looks like we have

got some rain coming on Friday

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night, but it will still be quite

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