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Welcome to the programme. A family's plea to Parliament in a
fight for safer level crossings Paralympic medallist Matt Skelhon is
on target for the European Championships.
First, a day in Parliament for families who've lost loved ones on
the region's level crossings. After years of campaigning, MPs are now
holding a special inquiry into how to improve safety. In a moment we'll
be talking to a mother whose daughter was killed on a crossing
and has been fighting for changes ever since. First though this report
from Mike Cartwright. As near misses go, they don't come much closer than
this. Chilling footage from water Beach Crossing, near Cambridge.
Watch again. The cyclist avoids the barrier and breaks just in time She
is lucky not to have been killed. Others, though, haven't been so
fortunate. Katie Littlewood, aged 15, lost to life in January last
year. Hit by a train at this crossing in Bishops Stortford. A
pensioner, Jones Sage, also died here a decade before. On the same
line, teenage school friends Olivia Bazlinton and Charlie Thompson were
killed, while crossing the track here in 2005. Olivia's father gave
evidence at the transport committee at Westminster today. Ideally, I'd
like to see all level crossings go. No railway will ever be built again
which has a level crossing on it, that is quite clear. The important
thing for the committee is to make sure they are going to keep an eye
on it and keep network rail to their plans and hopefully improve their
plans and increased them for crossing closures and improvements.
Today it is the victim's families and British Transport Police. Later,
it will be network rail and the Department for Transport, giving
evidence to a select committee into the safety of our level crossings.
These extraordinary near misses were captured by cameras across the
country. Now Network Rail say they've spent ?130 million improving
crossings. The East has more than 900 of them, but 93 crossings closed
in our region in recent years. Network Rail told us, nothing we say
or do will lessen the pain felt by families of those killed or injured.
But we have promised we are committed to making our railway as
safe as possible. Heart stopping moments like this are a reminder of
how dangerous crossings can be. The committee here asking if enough has
been done to make sure they are safe. Tina Hughes lost her daughter
Olivia more than seven years ago, when she was killed at a level
crossing at Elsenham in Essex. Tina has since been advising Network Rail
about crossing safety, she gave evidence to the committee this
afternoon. She joins us live now from Westminster. There were some
very emotional stories of loss given today and behind all of them a claim
that historically, Network Rail has been driven by profit over safety.
Is that how you felt? Yes, absolutely. I think it was like
that. I'd like to think it has changed, it is certainly changing.
There are still people in Network Rail who were there operating for
the last ten years. I think some of those people still have that kind of
culture. That feeling that, well, we only killed ten people a year or
whatever at level crossings, but one person is just too many. We heard
some really harrowing stories today about some of those deaths on level
crossings. One of the things that I will never forget this something you
told the committee, which is that just weeks after Olivia died, you
were told by network rail that you have to consider the cost of safety
versus the value of human life. Yes. I was sitting very close to the
chief executive at the time when he said that. I was just horrified that
he could say something like that. I'm a project manager, I know about
cost benefit analysis, but that was such a callous, inhumane thing to
say to a grieving parent. I could not believe you could say something
like that. You said today that the service is very much improving,
Network Rail says it's making all the changes it can afford. Do you
believe that? I do believe it to a point. Obviously, the national level
crossing team has been up at two years. They've done a phenomenal
amount of work in that period and have made considerable changes and
reductions in the risk management and risks at level crossings. But
what I always try to get across when I talk to people at network rail is
it is not just about percentage points. This is about the impact on
people 's lives. And also, Network Rail don't yet appreciate the value
of their assets. Not just track and signal, but people. They don't give
them the support they need from senior level. They are in great
danger of losing some very key people. That is a real tragedy.
You've campaigned long and hard to get this hearing the government
What do you hope to achieve from it? I'd like to think that the select
committee will keep pressure on the regulator to keep the funding up. I
heard at the weekend that they are going to have additional funding.
I'd like also the Network Rail to commit to making changes to level
crossings, even after the chief executive leaves and joins the HS2
project early next year. Several MPs missed that safety hearing because
they were stuck on the East Coast Main Line. Even now, passengers are
being urged not to travel on the route unless absolutely necessary.
Overhead cables have been ripped down near Peterborough, meaning
there are no trains running north of the city. Louise Hubball is at
Peterborough station now. Louise, this has been going on for a few
hours now, what's the latest? I ve been here throughout much of the
evening commute. We've seen plenty of replacement buses coming and
going. A lot of those buses looking very full indeed. We've seen people
getting off to realise that they then got to get back on the train.
People are tired passengers getting off the train, only to find out that
they then got to carry their journey by bus. A lot of them are not very
happy at all. East coasters saying if you don't have to travel tonight
on the line then simply don't, and that your ticket for today will
still be valid for tomorrow. But a lot of passengers feeling very
tired. I've been speaking to them. The line is down between
Peterborough and Grantham totally. I have to get the bus. It's going to
extend my journey by probably up to an hour. It's been appalling and
east coast should be ashamed of themselves. That face should say at
all. An absolute nightmare. It's been absolutely awful. This does
nothing to improve the punctuality record for east coast trains, which
have recently been told to be the worst in the country. Absolutely.
Network Rail apologised for that to customers last month. They admitted
they were responsible for 70% of delays, due to the maintenance of
the track. That means around August and September, one in six trains on
this line were delayed. That will give you some idea of the scale of
the problem. I've spoken to Network Rail tonight, they are trying to
rectify this issue. They say engineers will work through the
night if necessary. They don't know what has caused it, but they are
hoping that a limited service may resume later this evening. If you've
been travelling for hours are stuck here, that is little consolation.
And you can keep up to date with the latest on the East Coast Line by
tuning into BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's travel bulletins at
half past the hour every hour. There have also been major delays on the
M11 and A14 today after a lorry overturned on the westbound
carriageway near Bar Hill. Roads in dozens of villages around Cambridge
became gridlocked and there were tailbacks of up to 20 miles on the
A14. Of course, a new and improved A14 is being planned to avoid so
much congestion. Part of that includes upgrading the M11, A14
junction. But the biggest and most controversial plan is a new toll
road bypassing Huntingdon. As David Whiteley reports, the lengths people
will go to, to avoid paying the toll, is becoming a real concern.
This is Haughton Village in Cambridgeshire. It's an idyllic
room location, but it's also near an alternative route to the 814,
designated by the Highways Agency. Some residents fear if the toll road
is built, then Haughton and many of the neighbouring villages will
suffer. If the hauliers move onto this road to avoid the toll, we will
have 100 lorries an hour going through at night, and 200 plus in
the day. That is going to mean this road will be completely congested.
We had a major road incident on the A14 and all the roads around here
were completely clammed up. That was not just the A roads, it was the B
roads, trying to avoid the traffic. That will happen every day if the
toll road goes ahead. Billy Angus is a haulier who regularly travels on
the A14. We asked him to try out the alternative route, avoiding the
proposed toll road. I've crossed three roundabouts, one goes to
Tesco. Imagine Tesco's, they are going to be crowded out. It's going
to be absolute chaos. It's 44 tonnes of tank. You really don't want these
going through town centres. These should be kept out of town centres
at all costs. Too dangerous? That's it, yes. Unfortunately, us and
cyclists don't mix. Public consultation has just closed, and
the Department of Transport says it will carefully consider all
responses. We requested an interview but were told that because they are
considering next their steps, it would be inappropriate for them to
comment at this time. More than 3,000 jobs could be created in
Northamptonshire if plans for a new business park are approved. The
Developer Roxhill is behind the latest proposals worth tens of
millions of pounds. Waseem Mirza is here with more.
This development would be on land at junction ten of the A14, just south
of Kettering. It would be nearly 120 acre site, not far from the Weetabix
factory. It would include a mix of flagship office headquarters, small
industrial units and a hotel. It will be across the whole spectrum.
Undoubtedly, there will be a lot of office jobs, it is, after all, a
business park. There will be a lot of high`quality flagship offices
here. That will be the main focus. As well as that, we are expecting
light industrial and manufacturing jobs. This is the latest in a series
of good news announcements for Northamptonshire. Cosworth
Engineering is planning to build a new factory in Northampton, creating
70 jobs. Church's Shoes look set to build another factory. It's expected
to generate 150 jobs. And the biggest boost will come at
Daventry's International Rail Freight Terminal. New warehouses
mean 900 jobs will come there. Northamptonshire County Council said
tonight this latest development would contribute to a buoyant
economy. And, although the county has a long way to go, it's heading
in the right direction. We can now join Stewart and Susie for the rest
of tonight's be unsettling for the plans `` for
the fans and the players. McCarty says he will only clarify
his position if the club makes an official approach.
Still to come, we talk to the Paralympic shooter Matt Skelhon.
Which game is now outselling monopoly.
And it is now looking like an unsettled week ahead.
Managers at Basildon Hospital say they are confident things are being
turned around after months of damning reports from health experts.
The first of 250 extra staff have started work, including 200
permanent nurses, who will replace a string of agency staff.
The NHS spends more than ?2 billion a year on agency staff. Over a two
year period, for example, Addenbrooke's in Cambridge spent 1.2
million on temporary nurses. Southend Hospital 1.3 million. And
one of the biggest spenders was Basildon, which spent more than
three million. Last week, Claire Marie Battersby
was the among the 200 new full`time nurses to arrive on its wards.
Despite its reputation, she had no hesitation about joining Basildon
Hospital. My personal opinion was because of
the heat that is on the hospital, standards are an `` are at a high.
It will be a great start with the hospital.
Basildon's Director of Nursing, Diane Sakar, says they've also
reorganised A, and paediatrics, and introduced new technology. But
permanent staff nurses was a key factor. It will ensure that the
nursing staff have enough staff to do the job that they are employed to
do. It makes them feel valued and will improve the morale, and for us
to have a very strong nursing workforce.
This afternoon, I spoke to the Health Minister and Suffolk MP Dr
Dan Poulter, and started by asking what he thought of the millions of
pounds being spent by hospitals in this region on agency nurses.
Spending money on temporary staff is not a good use of NHS resources, and
that is why, earlier this summer, I published a review that set out a
number of ways how the NHS could save money in reducing the cost of
temporary staffing. It is about prioritising and employing more
full`time staff. It also provides better continuity of care for
patients. That all sounds like common sense.
Why has the situation got to this stage were so much money is
effectively being wasted? For far too long, too many hospitals
at an individual hospital level, the executives and nonexecutive
directors, didn't focus enough on how they could reduce their costs
and wasting money on temporary staffing is something that the NHS
can no longer afford to do. It is also about providing better care for
patients. That is why I am pleased that the hospital are investing in
more full`time staff. That will save the NHS money, so more money can be
put into treatments. Is accepted the government that
understaffing is one of the main issues behind the scandals at
hospital? That is right. The review was
launched by the government is in response to the inquiry over the
terrible events. That highlighted a number of hospitals, including
Basildon, where there were unacceptable in the low levels of
staffing and is too much reliance on temporary staff, and the damage that
it on quality care. Obviously, it takes more time to
recruit more nurses and a permanent basis. We are heading into the
winter season, when normally hospitals, under more pressure. How
confident are you that they will cope this winter?
The number of nurses now working in the NHS in acute hospitals like
Basildon is increasing. I am very confident that hospitals are taking
it seriously, putting in the necessary investments, and reducing
unnecessary wastage and paying agencies money for temporary staff
that should be going into patient care.
And Inside Out tonight goes behind the scenes as the hospital tries to
shake off its bad reputation. That's tonight at 7:30pm on BBC One.
Scientists believe they may have found the cause of an illness which
has been killing dogs in parts of the region. More than 100 have be
taken ill after going for a walk in woods in Suffolk and Norfolk,
including the Sandringham Estate. Now estate managers and the Animal
Health Trust in Newmarket are investigating.
The size of a pinhead, the harvest mite could be the cause of a
seasonal canine illness. Mites can get onto the skin, and give the dog
is a high fever. In extreme cases, it can kill. There have been eight
cases recently, all from the Sandringham estate.
They often have orange dust on them, which we found to be caused by
harvest mites. They tended to be small dogs, Terry is `` terriers. So
they were presumably not used to this environment.
The Animal Health Trust is examining the problems in two Woodland
regions. It wants dog owners in the area to help them to find if the
mite is responsible. We are encouraging people to speak
to the vets about preventive treatment for Harford `` harvest
mites, in case the cases decrease, showing that there is a link between
the two. This is a pilot study about Seasonal
Canine Illness. The idea is that this spray is sprayed on their dogs
before they go for a walk in the area.
Dog owners are being told not to panic, but it is a nasty illness.
With the public's help, the authorities should soon be able to
tell if this tiny mite has caused so much misery.
This week, the European Disability Shooting Championships are taking
place in Spain. And Matt Skelhon from Peterborough goes into the
contest as one of the favourites. Matt is 28, lives in Peterborough
and won gold at the Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008. Last year, he
won silver and a bronze at London 2012. Brennan Nicholls has been to
see his final preparations. It's a sport where you do battle as
much with yourself as others. Shooting requires supreme
concentration as well as an obvious steady hand. Matt Skelhon improved
his when he won gold back in 2008. When he is in his own, he hears hard
to beat. `` he is hard to beat. I only care about how well I shoot.
My biggest enemy is myself. I have to keep my head in the game. If I do
that, I will do well. It took a world record in 2012, but
he still scored a silver and a gold. Since London, the score `` the
sport has changed its system. Decimal places now are important,
and the final is a shoot off. The ten is broken down into points.
All be decimal scores at the end now added, so the maximum score is
higher. His gold in Beijing helped attract
funding which has led to this practice range. It provides the
shooting squad with crucial time to fine tune their technique. This is a
place which rivals even their able`bodied counterparts area. Away
from the game, there are other things that help improve his
concentration. Fishing is his hobby of choice.
I have done it since I was little. It is nice and relaxing to do. In a
lot of places, you can get by the waters edge. It is nice and
relaxing, a bit of an adrenaline `` adrenaline rush.
There will be no time for that at the European Disability Shooting
Championships. It is the first time since 2007 that the competition has
been held, and Matt is determined to get one of the biggest prizes in the
run`up to 2016 Olympics. If you're a parent or a grandparent
then the chances are you have the Shopping List game in a cupboard
somewhere. Made in Norfolk, the game has now climbed to third in the
Amazon bestselling list for toys. Aimed at children up to the age of
seven, Shopping List is outselling classics like Monopoly and Scrabble.
Turn one over and let's see if we get it.
Children at this nursery are playing the Shopping List game. Each child
has a shopping list and a trolley to fill. It is great fun.
Why do like this game? Because there are loads of things that you can
get. Peppers. What is that one? Suites. I like
sweets. The Shopping List game is made just
down the road. It now outsells Monopoly and Scrabble, and is only
beaten by the Rubiks cube and a `` another game.
It was first launched in 1995. We have sold many millions of them. We
will sell this year 125,000 units. This is Keith, the man who founded
the company. He started Orchard Toys at his home. His late wife ran a
nursery and knew what children wanted. But it was Keighley came up
for the `` with the Shopping List game as he went round the
supermarket. `` Keith. I watched mothers picking things up
and putting them in the trolleys, and I thought that children would
relate to the game. When I got back, I wrote it on the back of an
envelope. I tried it. Orchard Toys has doubled its
turnover in the last few years. It has 115 games and jigsaws in its
range. But even after 18 years, the Shopping List is still everyone's
favourites. I am sitting next to somebody who
claims to be very good at the Shopping List.
Yes, I am very competitive. Today we have had outbreaks of rain,
but the air has been warm. In some areas, it has been 16 Celsius. It
could get even warmer tomorrow. In the next few hours, there is
potential for outbreaks of rain, but it should be quite dry for most
people. It will be a very mild night. Temperatures for many of us
not falling lower than 14 or 15 degrees Celsius. These are the
values that we should be seeing in the day. The winds will be quite
blustery in the south`east. Tomorrow, there will be this weather
system moving to waters, bringing with it more rain. But for many us,
it will be a dry day. There will be thicker cloud and outbreaks of rain
in the north`east. Some of this could be quite heavy. But despite
the cloud and the rain, temperatures around 16 Celsius. I would not be
surprised if we will see 17 or 18 Celsius in some areas. A blustery
day with moderate wind. We will finish the day with more cloud.
There will be more rain, some of it is on the happy side.
In the next few days, Wednesday to Friday will be different weather. On
Wednesday, we will have some sunshine and some showers, and some
of those could be heavy and underrate. On Thursday, probably a
dry start, but it could be some sunshine. `` thundery. In the
south`west, some of the rain could be heavy. And then on Friday, the
rain will be in showers. We will have warmer temperatures in the day
and mild nights. The only exception is Wednesday night, when it could be
nine Celsius. We will see you tomorrow night. Goodbye.