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Welcome to BBC London News.
I'm Sara Orchard.
It's been another difficult day
for commuters due to the weather.
Transport for London has
said passenger numbers
are down 20% on usual,
due to the weather
as many stayed at home.
was also shut this morning.
Here's our transport
correspondent Tom Edwards.
Day three and at Paddington, the
station had to be shut this morning
for two hours. Snow came through a
gap in the roof causing icy
platforms. Frustration for
passengers like Kelly and Stacey, in
London for morning meeting that got
A little bit shocked that
the country has fallen apart at a
bit of snow.
A bit of a nightmare. A
waste of a day to be honest. I can't
believe there isn't better things in
When trains were announced, a
mad dash from commuters. Stephanie
from Southend was trying to be
There's no point
stressing about it. It's happened.
Can you move down, please?
services meant packed trains. Others
found less passengers. The tube
suffered with delays and while many
stayed at home, at King's Cross, for
example, they shut access due to
overcrowding. Commuters seem to be
adapting. What are you going to do?
We'll try and go on the Thames Link.
That will be working, we hope.
are technical reasons why some
operators are more susceptible to
snow and ice. Here at King's Cross,
they use overhead power lines to
power the trains. About a third of
the network still use a third rail.
How are coming through a rail on the
track. That means it's much more
susceptible to snow and ice. 60
miles of canals in London are frozen
over. Some pavements are being
gritted. This was Downing Street.
Many are not. The authorities fight
to keep them moving.
We've done OK.
We are never complacent. Looking at
the figures this morning, the taps
in and out on the Tube network are
20% down on a normal weekday.
roads are moving but it has been
slowed going. As the snow turns to
fix lunch, more disruption is
A man in his 60s died yesterday
after being pulled from a freezing
lake in a park in south east London.
were unable to save him.
Victoria Hollins sent this
report from Danson Park.
Conditions in Danson
Park Bexleyheath today,
very much as they were yesterday.
Very cold, very icy.
Now, this pond is used
in the summer for boating
and at this time of year,
I'm told, is often
used by bird-watchers.
Now, London Ambulance Service
and the fire brigade were called
here just before 4pm yesterday
afternoon after reports that
a man had fallen into the water.
Now, initially it was believed he'd
been chasing after a dog but it
seems now that wasn't the case.
He simply fell in.
He was actually rescued
by a member of the public,
another park user before
the emergency services had arrived.
London air ambulance came also.
The man was taken to hospital.
He is believed to be in his 60s.
But he died a short time later.
Police say they are treating
this as an unexplained death.
They do know who this man is,
his next of kin have been informed
but his identity hasn't
yet been released.
Let's have a look
at the current travel situation...
On the tubes there are severe
delays on the Metropolitan
and Piccadilly lines,
there are minor delays
on the Distrtict line
while London Overground
is part suspended.
On the trains, a majority
of services in and out of London
are impacted due to the weather
with delays and cancellations,
the advice is to check
before you travel.
A similar situtaion at airports
in the south-east with warnings
of cancellations to flights
between the UK and Europe
to free up congestion.
Meanwhile, on the roads,
most major routes are moving well.
Two lanes are currently out
in the Dartford Tunnel
on the M25 anticlockwise in Kent
because of ceiling icicles.
This is the current picture
approaching the area
which is so far unaffected.
A woman who bludgeoned her husband
to death has won a bid
to challenge her conviction
at the Court of Appeal.
Sally Challen is serving
an 18-year prison sentence
after killing her husband
with a hammer.
Her lawyers say she was the victim
of "coercive control".
She came to me and my brother
separately and said, "You know what,
he was making me question the facts
I had on paper, my sanity."
"I thought I was losing it."
Which is the first part,
I thought this was not right.
He's starting to really
wage a war on her.
A man died this morning
in a house fire in Coulsden.
Six fire engines and 35 firefighters
were called to the fire
in Downland Close.
The man was confirmed
dead at the scene.
Most of the first floor
and around half the ground floor
plus the roof were damaged.
The cause of the fire
is under investigation.
Kensington and Chelsea
Council have axed
public meetings about the aftermath
of the Grenfell Tower disaster
in favour of drop-in
sessions for residents.
The decision was taken
following repeated disruption.
There were concerns
that the meetings at
Notting Hill Methodist Church
were not giving residents
what they needed and too often
ended in shouting matches.
The former Mayor of London,
Boris Johnson, will appear before
the London Assembly this afternoon
to answer questions
about the Garden Bridge project.
The proposal was abandoned
by Sadiq Khan, in August last year,
but not before tens of millions
of pounds of public money
had already been spent.
Mr Johnson will be asked who is
accountable for the expenditure.
A missing Nigerian masterpiece
found in a north London
flat has been sold at auction
for a staggering
£1.2 million pounds.
The painting -
called Tutu by Ben Enwonwu
was expected to sell
for around £300,000.
But it smashed the guide price
making it the most expensive piece
of modern Nigerian art
sold at auction.
Before we check in on the weather,
there are many who are
enjoying the snowy weather.
It includes this West London family
who have improvised how
they normally do the school-run.
Do keep your pictures coming
in to us at [email protected]
or on our Facebook page.
So let's see how long
the cold will continue-
Elizabeth Rizzini has
the weather for us.
Up until the weekend and then it
Up until the weekend and then it
will start to get less cold. Lots of
snowy pictures coming into our
weather Watchers page. The big
difference between yesterday and
today is that there is very little
sunshine today. It's been very
windy. Italy cold. More snowfall
this morning. This afternoon,
lighter snow flurries, particularly
towards the east. There will be more
snow towards the West. Generally, a
dry picture this afternoon. Very
windy as well. We have a warning for
the snow and wind with gusts up to
30 mph. That is making it feel extra
chilli. This snowfall is really out
towards the West. Perhaps edging
into central areas. Dry further east
but not too much sunshine. These
have been the highest temperatures.
It will feel a lot colder. -8 or
nine with the wind chill. As you can
see, the snow to the West has
cleared and it's looking mostly dry.
Generally a dry picture. These will
be the lows but where we have got
lying snow, we are looking at -5
tomorrow morning. Still windy, as
well. A Met Office weather warning
for snow and ice tomorrow. Slippery
surfaces. Expect disruption. Later
on in the day, we'll see more heavy
snowfall. If you liked flurries in
the morning. Very little sunshine.
Then the second system as we head
through the afternoon into the
evening rush hour. 5-8 centimetres
of snowfall expected. Possibly
disruption through the rush hour.
Over the course of the weekend, it
could be mostly dry. There will be
lots of ice. That's what we are most
lots of ice. That's what we are most
That's about it from me.
Louisa Preston will be here
with our 6:30 evening programme.
But for now, from us all,
a very good afternoon.