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reminder for tomorrow morning of

some dense fog around.

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Welcome to BBC London News.

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I'm Katharine Carpenter.

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The Transport Secretary has

apologised to train passengers

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using Southern and Thameslink

services for delays

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and cancellations.

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He was responding to a report

which says they have suffered

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the worst disruption of any

franchise, one which has NOT

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provided value for money.

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Here's our transport

correspondent Tom Edwards.

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Unreliable, not value for money, the

worst service in the country. It

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won't surprise many passengers that

today more damning evidence on

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Goveia Thameslink. Blighted by

industrial action and a lack of

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understanding from Government, at

its worst, only two thirds of trains

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arrived on time.

A shabby train

service. ? The franchise covers

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Thameslink, southern and great

northern services and today's report

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outlines how 60% of delays have been

due to the operator mainly because

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of industrial action, and a lack of

crew. Nearly 40% of delays are down

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to Network Rail's poor

infrastructure. I think from a

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passenger's point of view, what they

don't want to hear is people passing

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the buck and saying it is someone

else's fall. What they want to know

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is that action is being taken to

sort this out, and to make sure that

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they see improvements in service.

The report also criticises the

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Government, for trying to increase

services, as well as introducing new

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trains and getting rid of the

guards, leading to strikes. The

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report says the Government didn't

know about a lack of drivers, or the

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state of the infrastructure.

I think

this report shows the incompetence

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and the dogma of the DLT and the

Government and seeking to put the

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blame on the trade unions when they

knew they were going to cause this

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issue is a false premise and seeking

to blame the companies who are

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forced to bid for what they put out

there is a false premise. If this is

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dogma, the dogma has to change.

The

Government says unions are main

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cause of the problems. .

When I took

over as Secretary of State I was

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clear in saying the situation on

southern was unacceptable, the

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service level was terrible and we

had to sort it out. There was there

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were a number of things we did.

Things have got better we changed

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the way the railway operates on

day-to-day basis, we are spending

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money on the infrastructure. The

report I I commissioned said very

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clearly, that it was the unions who

were primarily to blame.

The report

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does say reliability on the services

is improving, but it wants the

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Government to learn lessons, when it

sets up other franchises.

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when it sets up other franchises.

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Around 200 people have been

evacuated from their homes

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in Westminster because of a gas

leak. Many spent last night

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in hotels but the cause

of the leak still isn't known.

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Westminster City Council has set up

a rest centre in a nearby sports

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centre and residents

are being escorted back to their

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homes to pick up belongings.

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A number of streets around

Horseferry Road remain cordoned off.

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People in Essex will find out later

whether a controversial merger

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of three hospital trusts

will go ahead.

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Managers from Southend,

Basildon and Broomfield Hospitals

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are meeting expected to approve

the plan at a meeting

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This meeting is due to start in

round half an hour's time. The

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recommendation will be put to the

trust board that the three hospitals

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should merge. So what does that

mean? Well, it means the trust could

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have a new name, it will have one

budget instead of three, and staff

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and patients could have to move

between hospital, that is something

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that campaigners are worried about.

One of the main concerns is if with

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have one hospital with three site it

is easier for the hospital to

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transfer departments away from one

site, we may find ourself in a

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situation where we haven't got an

A&E 24/7 at one or more of the

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hospitals that can take blue light

ambulance emergencies.

Together the

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trusts are losing round 49 million a

year, that is round 100,000 a day,

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it is argued that something needs to

be done. The hospitals say by

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reducing costs they can re-invest

the money. We asked these people

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what they think.

Can't think it makes a big problem,

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apart from transport for people

between the hospitals. I have had

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difficulty getting here today,

because two buses have been taken

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off.

It is busy enough. There is too

much, without joining two other

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hospitals and sending more patients.

Depends how they merge them. If it

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means we don't get the number of

departments here, that would be not

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so good. This is not the only merger

going on, Ipswich and Colchester

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hospitals are joining together and

the mental Health Trust in Essex

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have also merged but a survey by

Bristol University looked at 102

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hospital mergers and found waiting

times and deficits increased. So

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staff here are hoping with better

planning this will be more

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successful.

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successful.

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A bit of London history

was recreated today at St Pancras,

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as part of the station's

150th anniversary celebrations.

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A Young's brewery horse-drawn dray

took us back to 1868

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when the station got its reputation

for being 'built on beer'.

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Jim Wheble has more.

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Often when we go to a train

station we just see it

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as place to go from A to B,

but the history involved

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as a place to go from A to B,

but the history involved

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in somewhere like St Pancras

is absolutely incredible.

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And to mark their 150th anniversary

today, there is a rather

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large clue behind me

as to what was the foundation

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of this station.

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I am with Josie Murray,

the senior heritage adviser

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here at St Pancras,

what is this clue?

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It relates to the fact that in

effect St Pancras was built on beer.

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The ground level, the undercroft

where the shops are today

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and the arcade, was a massive beer

storage warehouse for beers brought

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down on the Midland railway line

from Burton on Trent.

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And that introduced

bitter to London.

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That is right.

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It was at the time people mostly

drank stout, heavy beers,

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whereas the Burton beers were much

lighter, the IPA, and Bass

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were one of the first Burton

brewers to transport that.

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Hence the horse and cart,

which would have taken it

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to the pubs and places

all round where it

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would have been drunk.

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I suppose when we talk

about St Pancras, we must talk

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about Sir John Betjeman,

at the end of the 60s,

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because a lot of people say

if it wasn't for him,

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perhaps this place wouldn't

be here right now.

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Absolutely right.

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We owe him and all those other

passionate people who cared deeply

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for St Pancras a great debt

that they saved it from demolition.

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Thank you very much Josie.

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If you want to sample a bit

of St Pancras's history,

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they have a special 150th

anniversary IPA, which you can have

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in the pub next to me.

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Now let's check on the weather

with Kate Kinsella.

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Good afternoon. We have had calm of

days of very grey skies, we started

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the day in a similar fashion. But

fairly south-westerly especially for

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parts of south London, west London

we started to see just a bit of blue

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sky appearing, an this afternoon, we

can expect more of it. The cloud,

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the rain the drizzle from earlier is

moving northwards so we should see

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sunny spells. So, sunny spell, the

wind fairly light as well. As a

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result, the temperature is just a

bit milder. We are looking at a

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maximum later on, nine, maybe 10C by

the end of the afternoon. Overnight

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tonight I am afraid this cloud of

rain is likely to sink back south.

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Notice this yellow triangle. The Met

Office has a weather warning.

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Anywhere could see a bit of mist and

Fognini and it is going to be

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stubborn, the minimum temperature

between two and four, so a misty

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murky start tomorrow, so that is

going to linger in the west. When it

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lifts it will be into cloud. So

another grey day, we are back to

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that maximum temperature. Further

through the week into Friday,

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similar condition, overnight mist

and fog likely to develop and a

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murky start for Friday morning, but

we are hanging on to the cloud for

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the next few days and also the

temperatures. Night I some time

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temperatures staying above zero.

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That's about it from me.

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Riz Lateef will be here

with our 6:30 evening programme.

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But for now, from us all,

a very good afternoon.

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