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I'm Victoria Hollins.
Southeastern Trains have warned
passengers not to travel
on its network until further notice
due to the bad weather.
It says it will try and get services
running again but other operators
are also warning commuters
to leave work early.
Southwestern says it will close
services by 8pm tonight.
Here's our transport
correspondent Tom Edwards.
These Waterloo commuters
had a terrible night
and spent it stranded.
They left London as normal but
trains broke down or couldn't move.
The line was blocked until 6am.
After nine o'clock
we don't have nothing.
No heating, we're going to use
the toilet because its lights.
-- we cannot use the toilet because
the light is off.
It's really horrible.
We started moving around six
o'clock on the train.
We've been stuck maybe for 12 hours.
We didn't move at all.
This morning empty platforms
at Highbury with no trains.
Although today for many in London
some normality so far,
this closure did mean a much longer
journey for Errol D'Lima.
So what are you going to do now?
The Underground, I suppose.
It's going to take me an hour
and a half to half to get to work,
and then an hour and a half
to get home, so...
I don't think we're catered
for things like this, really.
There are no services here running
between Highbury and Stratford,
and that's because ice has got
into the power supply
and it means the trains
at the moment simply can't run.
And all through this week engineers
have been out battling the elements
in atrocious conditions,
trying to make the system work.
This was the main line
to Brighton where icicles have
formed in the tunnels.
Engineers had to knock them off
the roof of the old Victorian
infrastructure to stop them
damaging the trains.
This is what it's like if you're
working on the tracks
when a train passes.
And this footage from inside a cab
on the East Coast Main Line shows
you why trains have to go slower
as they push through snowdrifts.
I'm standing at King's Cross,
where many of the trains are now
running, but there are parts
of the East Coast Main
Line still not open.
Obviously everyone at Network Rail
is working very hard to get
those routes open as soon
as we possibly can.
Southeastern are now
warning commuters not
to travel on its network.
Others that operate to the south
of the capital are also warning
commuters to leave work
early this afternoon.
The Mayor has pledged to take more
action against pay inequality
after a report shows London's public
service workers face an ethnicity
pay gap of up to 37%.
Sadiq Khan says the ethnicity audit
found the pay gap was "particularly
stark" at the Met Police
and the reason is due
to an under-representation of black,
Asian and minority ethnic employees
in senior roles.
A flagship programme to divert young
offenders from a life of crime
and gangs originally piloted
at police stations in Brixton
and Lambeth is to be
rolled out across London.
The scheme offered those detained
in stations a package of support
to turn their lives around.
The re-offending rate is 7% -
far lower than the London average
for adult offenders.
We are coming into contact
with people, right in custody
at that teachable moment,
when people are thinking
about changing their lives.
And Divert is able to speak to them
in consultation and look at getting
them into that employment,
training and development and getting
them away from their lifestyle.
And it's imperative.
This Sunday, weather permitting,
thousands of people will be taking
to the streets of London to run
in a brand new half marathon.
And among them will be Sir Mo Farah.
The four-time Olympic gold medallist
has now swapped the track for road
racing in the hope of even more
success, as Emma Jones reports.
Wins the gold!
He's already one of the most
successful athletes of all time
on the track, and so having won
in London before, today Sir Mo
was at City Hall to meet some
of the other runners who will be
joining him this Sunday
for a brand-new half
marathon in the capital.
A little different to the training
camp he has just left in Ethiopia.
It was a big shock, coming
to the UK, seeing the heavy snow.
Sunday hopefully should
be good, I'm excited.
Part of the London Marathon,
this is just a good opportunity
to see where I am and if anything
needs checking, you know,
then we can work on that.
As you say, is this very
much seen as a warm up
for the London Marathon?
It is a warm up, it is.
Most runners who are taking part
in the big major marathon like to be
able to test themselves,
and this is another test for me.
This is my hometown, it comes
with a little bit of pressure.
For Farah the aim to take
what he learns this weekend
into next month's London Marathon.
For the organisers, to see
if the new event can
become a regular part
of the London sporting calendar.
Although there may be an obvious
Of course the current windy, wintry
conditions in London are hardly
ideal either for the 15,000 runners
who will be starting on the other
side of Tower Bridge on Sunday
morning, or the thousands of
spectators hoping to mind the route
from Canary Wharf to the finish line
at Greenwich. The race directors say
they are constantly assessing the
situation and remain confident the
race will go ahead.
There is a huge amount of work going
on to try to ensure that the route
is clear, lots of parts of it are
clear, just some parts are not. We
are really looking after the health
and safety of both the runners, the
spectators, the staff and
So we will hopefully be
seeing the Mobot, not the
snowboards, this Sunday! -- not the
For many people the snow and cold
weather poses a big challenge.
But for others it's
a huge opportunity.
Like Londoner Jessica Rose,
who braved sub-zero
temperatures for her art.
My first thought was I really
hope my boiler doesn't break down.
My second thought was how
can I make a painting
or drawing out of this?
In fact, I did fall
off my bike on the way
here because it was quite slippy.
My name is Jessica Rose and I am
an Ealing-based painter
and printmaker and today I am trying
to paint a snowy tree.
So, in a former life
I was a journalist.
In 2011 I stopped doing
that and I set myself up
as an artist and an art teacher.
I am really inspired by natural
forms and as you can see I have
got my bike here today.
I cycle all around Ealing and other
parts of London with my easel
strapped to my bike.
I stop where I find inspiration.
Today I found a really oddly shaped
tree which is inspiring me,
particularly as it is covered
in snow as well, it has got
a lovely, fairy dusting
of white powder on it.
I think it is quite true that
if you are an artist you see
the world in a grain of sand
and you don't have to travel very
far from where you live to find
really amazing scenery
to paint and draw.
I would just like people to be
inspired by what I do
because I want to get more people
out sketching, painting and drawing
in London's parks and looking
at its amazing buildings
and interpreting it into art.
Now let's check on the weather
with Elizabeth Rizzini.
Now let's check on the weather
with Elizabeth Rizzini.
Any good news in store?
Yes, I think they will stop the big
for this weekend, but we have today
to get through and more snow and
fortunately in the forecast.
We have had some lovely Weather
Watcher pictures, it is bitterly
cold with an easterly wind, snow
spreading in from the south into the
afternoon as well.
Staying pretty windy, lots of art
snow will blow around. There is a
Met Office warning for snow and ice
which has been turning to freezing
rain in Kent and parts of Surrey.
treacherous for driving
treacherous for driving in
treacherous for driving in
particular because the super cold
water droplets freeze on impact,
take care if you see the snow
turning back into rain. We could see
as much as five centimetres of snow.
It will feel pretty cold again, as
you would expect. Overnight tonight,
it should gradually clear, we will
see some rather misty and murky
conditions into tomorrow morning.
Slightly milder air coming through
but temperatures generally below
freezing to start the day.
There will be another ice risk for
tomorrow morning, so take care on
the roads and pavements.
It will feel a bit milder, we might
even see brightness around. After
the early mist and fog clears. It
will cloud over through the
afternoon, most of it will fall as
rain, temperatures to end the
afternoon for the first time in
quite some time will be between
three and 6 degrees. Looking a bit
milder still on Sunday. Thank you.
That's about it from me.
Asad Ahmad will be here
with our 6:30 evening programme.
But for now, from us all,
a very good afternoon.