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reminder for tomorrow morning of
some dense fog around.
Welcome to BBC London News.
I'm Katharine Carpenter.
The Transport Secretary has
apologised to train passengers
using Southern and Thameslink
services for delays
He was responding to a report
which says they have suffered
the worst disruption of any
franchise, one which has NOT
provided value for money.
Here's our transport
correspondent Tom Edwards.
Unreliable, not value for money, the
worst service in the country. It
won't surprise many passengers that
today more damning evidence on
Goveia Thameslink. Blighted by
industrial action and a lack of
understanding from Government, at
its worst, only two thirds of trains
arrived on time.
A shabby train
service. ? The franchise covers
Thameslink, southern and great
northern services and today's report
outlines how 60% of delays have been
due to the operator mainly because
of industrial action, and a lack of
crew. Nearly 40% of delays are down
to Network Rail's poor
infrastructure. I think from a
passenger's point of view, what they
don't want to hear is people passing
the buck and saying it is someone
else's fall. What they want to know
is that action is being taken to
sort this out, and to make sure that
they see improvements in service.
The report also criticises the
Government, for trying to increase
services, as well as introducing new
trains and getting rid of the
guards, leading to strikes. The
report says the Government didn't
know about a lack of drivers, or the
state of the infrastructure.
this report shows the incompetence
and the dogma of the DLT and the
Government and seeking to put the
blame on the trade unions when they
knew they were going to cause this
issue is a false premise and seeking
to blame the companies who are
forced to bid for what they put out
there is a false premise. If this is
dogma, the dogma has to change.
Government says unions are main
cause of the problems. .
When I took
over as Secretary of State I was
clear in saying the situation on
southern was unacceptable, the
service level was terrible and we
had to sort it out. There was there
were a number of things we did.
Things have got better we changed
the way the railway operates on
day-to-day basis, we are spending
money on the infrastructure. The
report I I commissioned said very
clearly, that it was the unions who
were primarily to blame.
does say reliability on the services
is improving, but it wants the
Government to learn lessons, when it
sets up other franchises.
when it sets up other franchises.
Around 200 people have been
evacuated from their homes
in Westminster because of a gas
leak. Many spent last night
in hotels but the cause
of the leak still isn't known.
Westminster City Council has set up
a rest centre in a nearby sports
centre and residents
are being escorted back to their
homes to pick up belongings.
A number of streets around
Horseferry Road remain cordoned off.
People in Essex will find out later
whether a controversial merger
of three hospital trusts
will go ahead.
Managers from Southend,
Basildon and Broomfield Hospitals
are meeting expected to approve
the plan at a meeting
This meeting is due to start in
round half an hour's time. The
recommendation will be put to the
trust board that the three hospitals
should merge. So what does that
mean? Well, it means the trust could
have a new name, it will have one
budget instead of three, and staff
and patients could have to move
between hospital, that is something
that campaigners are worried about.
One of the main concerns is if with
have one hospital with three site it
is easier for the hospital to
transfer departments away from one
site, we may find ourself in a
situation where we haven't got an
A&E 24/7 at one or more of the
hospitals that can take blue light
trusts are losing round 49 million a
year, that is round 100,000 a day,
it is argued that something needs to
be done. The hospitals say by
reducing costs they can re-invest
the money. We asked these people
what they think.
Can't think it makes a big problem,
apart from transport for people
between the hospitals. I have had
difficulty getting here today,
because two buses have been taken
It is busy enough. There is too
much, without joining two other
hospitals and sending more patients.
Depends how they merge them. If it
means we don't get the number of
departments here, that would be not
so good. This is not the only merger
going on, Ipswich and Colchester
hospitals are joining together and
the mental Health Trust in Essex
have also merged but a survey by
Bristol University looked at 102
hospital mergers and found waiting
times and deficits increased. So
staff here are hoping with better
planning this will be more
A bit of London history
was recreated today at St Pancras,
as part of the station's
150th anniversary celebrations.
A Young's brewery horse-drawn dray
took us back to 1868
when the station got its reputation
for being 'built on beer'.
Jim Wheble has more.
Often when we go to a train
station we just see it
as place to go from A to B,
but the history involved
as a place to go from A to B,
but the history involved
in somewhere like St Pancras
is absolutely incredible.
And to mark their 150th anniversary
today, there is a rather
large clue behind me
as to what was the foundation
of this station.
I am with Josie Murray,
the senior heritage adviser
here at St Pancras,
what is this clue?
It relates to the fact that in
effect St Pancras was built on beer.
The ground level, the undercroft
where the shops are today
and the arcade, was a massive beer
storage warehouse for beers brought
down on the Midland railway line
from Burton on Trent.
And that introduced
bitter to London.
That is right.
It was at the time people mostly
drank stout, heavy beers,
whereas the Burton beers were much
lighter, the IPA, and Bass
were one of the first Burton
brewers to transport that.
Hence the horse and cart,
which would have taken it
to the pubs and places
all round where it
would have been drunk.
I suppose when we talk
about St Pancras, we must talk
about Sir John Betjeman,
at the end of the 60s,
because a lot of people say
if it wasn't for him,
perhaps this place wouldn't
be here right now.
We owe him and all those other
passionate people who cared deeply
for St Pancras a great debt
that they saved it from demolition.
Thank you very much Josie.
If you want to sample a bit
of St Pancras's history,
they have a special 150th
anniversary IPA, which you can have
in the pub next to me.
Now let's check on the weather
with Kate Kinsella.
Good afternoon. We have had calm of
days of very grey skies, we started
the day in a similar fashion. But
fairly south-westerly especially for
parts of south London, west London
we started to see just a bit of blue
sky appearing, an this afternoon, we
can expect more of it. The cloud,
the rain the drizzle from earlier is
moving northwards so we should see
sunny spells. So, sunny spell, the
wind fairly light as well. As a
result, the temperature is just a
bit milder. We are looking at a
maximum later on, nine, maybe 10C by
the end of the afternoon. Overnight
tonight I am afraid this cloud of
rain is likely to sink back south.
Notice this yellow triangle. The Met
Office has a weather warning.
Anywhere could see a bit of mist and
Fognini and it is going to be
stubborn, the minimum temperature
between two and four, so a misty
murky start tomorrow, so that is
going to linger in the west. When it
lifts it will be into cloud. So
another grey day, we are back to
that maximum temperature. Further
through the week into Friday,
similar condition, overnight mist
and fog likely to develop and a
murky start for Friday morning, but
we are hanging on to the cloud for
the next few days and also the
temperatures. Night I some time
temperatures staying above zero.
That's about it from me.
Riz Lateef will be here
with our 6:30 evening programme.
But for now, from us all,
a very good afternoon.