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Hello and welcome to Tuesday's Look East.
Rail fares are on track to rise again in the
New Year but are commuters darning enough to afford the hike?
What the British taxpayer and commuter faces is a botched rail
privatisation that has left us pay more for a worse service th`n
anywhere else in Europe. The postcode lottery
for dementia care. How some families are having to find
the money themselves to covdr We'll be here later
in the programme. As the curtain falls on MotoGP at
Silverstone, the Northamptonshire circuit says it's hopeful this
year's meeting won't be its last. And making hay while the sun shines
and it's all in a good causd. Price rises won't
put passengers off. How the rail industry has rdsponded
to fare increases announced today. From January,
season ticket holders in thhs region will have to pay hundreds
of pounds more for their regular journeys as costs are expected to go
up by an average of 3.5%. In fact,
fares have risen by 24% since 2 10. In a moment,
we'll hear from the Rail Delivery Group, which represents
the train companies, but first this These are the train companids the
crisscross our region. Come January, the cost for travelling on
all of them will be a lot more. The region's newest train station and
commuter said prices were too high. It cost me ?50 to go one wax to
London this morning. They are expensive enough already. If I
bought an open`ended return from here in Corby to the capital, it
would cost me ?105 50. With a 3 5% rise, that there will go up to just
over ?109. The town's MP saxs rail travellers are being ripped off
What the British taxpayer and commuter faces is a botched rail
privatisation that has left is paying more for a worse service than
anywhere else in Europe. We need to look at the example of the Dast
Coast in our region where wd have had a not`for`profit operator doing
well to improve services. There is a different way of providing rail
travel in this country. A 3.5% rise would see a season ticket from
Huntingdon to King's Cross climb to more than ?5,000, an increase of
?169. From Corby into the c`pital, 12 months travel would cost nearly
?7,700. Commuters have to p`y these prices. But if you are paying that
sort of money, and you have worked hard on the Friday, what yot want is
to get home on time and get a seat. If you are paying that monex, you
want to ensure you're getting a good journey. Passengers once ag`in face
an annual train fair race: Higher ticket prices fast approachhng while
wages are standing still. So when you buy a rail tickdt,
where does your money actually go? Well, the largest part, 26%,
goes to investment in the ndtwork. Staff costs and track maintdnance
are next snd the smallest portion But the Rail Delivery Group,
which represents the industry, says it does understand why
passengers are angry. I know that nobody likes to pay more
for their train travel but the money that we get from fares
is helping to pay for the f`ster journeys, the better stations,
the nicer carriages that passengers And those improvements
are happening. We're transforming our railway
into the best railway in Europe But there are a lot
of people who say rail fares are increasing across England
and the investment only seels to be happening in very small are`s
and small pockets and they don't Well, I can tell you that
in your region, there's going to be ?20 million spent by Greater Anglia
on improving its InterCity fleet. In other parts of the country,
we're electrifying lines, Across the country, we're ilproving
the railway and passengers `re telling us, independent surveys are
telling us that we've got Have we got one of the most
expensive railways in Europd? I don't think that's entirely fair.
The issue with fares is one of two sides. There are regulated fares and
governments have decided to increase those above inflation. We also have
unregulated fares were train companies control prices. What they
are keen to do is want to gdt more people to travel by train. We don't
think it will price people of the railway. If it is all about
passenger satisfaction, let's take these statistics. A transport
charity says that since 2010, rail fares have risen by 24%. Has
passenger satisfaction risen by as much? I don't know how much
passenger satisfaction has risen since 2010. The passenger w`tchdog
survey said satisfaction in 199 was 76% now it is 82%. We have 600
million more journeys a year now. The Chancellor intervened in the
Autumn statement and said, we will not allow fares to rise above a
certain level. A lot of people are calling for him to intervend yet
again. Forward that do to your plans for investment? We would be able to
continue investing. Investmdnt is committed for the next five years.
Network Rail will spend ?30 billion over the next five years on building
better railways and I don't think... And I think that investment
will continue. It's recognised
as the biggest health issue Dementia already affects millions
of people but a new report shows they're still struggling to get
the help they need. It's been compiled
by the former Northampton MP Sally Keeble, who says families f`ce
a postcode lottery when it comes to care and many are forced to find
the funding themselves. Alma is 89 and a dementia stfferer.
Last year, she was living at home but then she had a fall on the
stairs and was taken to hospital. She is modelled with the delentia
and within a week, everything had gone. She couldn't do anythhng for
herself. We started the journey looking for care homes in ftnding.
That was when the problems began. Funding is based on a medic`l
assessment and the family h`d been told she doesn't qualify. They are
appealing. She needs turning every two hours, she needs feeding and
changing. She can't do anything for herself. Everybody has got to think
for her. Alma is being lookdd after at this care home. If the f`mily can
prove she had medical needs, the NHS would pay back because she doesn't
meet the criteria, the cost will have to be borne by the famhly and
their assets and that is st`nding at ?700 a week. Across Britain, 80 ,000
people have been diagnosed with dementia but the number getting
funding stands at 59,000. Symptoms... Needs around washing and
dressing was originally unddr social care. Research shows that w`y you
live in the country can affdct whether you get funding. It's really
important that the decision`making processes transparent and that
families don't have this awful feeling that they have got lost in
the process. The commissionhng group that assessed Alma said thex
followed all national guidelines laid down by the government. The
family said they will continue to appeal.
The Health and Safety Executive is investigating an incident
in rural Cambridgeshire tod`y in which a man was critically hnjured.
The emergency services, including a hazardous area response
team, were called to an app`rent gas explosion at the Produce Connection
on the A10 Ely Road in Chittering just before 9am.The
company at Chear Fen is a national potato supplier.
Over the next few months, ?50 million worth
of grants are to be handed out to companies in Cambridge.
The money will be used to encourage small businesses in the hi`tech
cluster so they can invest in growth and hopefully gendrate
The hi`tech industry is already thriving in Cambridge.
In fact, the city has the l`rgest collection of science`based
businesses in the whole of Durope with more than 1,500 companhes
Stuart Ratcliffe has been to one firm set to benefit from a grant.
This company is bursting at the seams. It now employs 30 st`ff from
nothing. We have got boxes `nd files, paper. People are sitting in
cupboards. We are growing f`ster than we can build. But the building
work has started now. The company has developed software allowing
video and film to be archivdd. There are museums. There are sports
federations, broadcasters, BBC, ITN. In total, CAIS will get ?1.4
million. The money is coming from here. All new job creation xou see
in the economy comes from early`stage businesses as they grow
rapidly. We are here to try to keep these promising businesses. We want
to help them grow but stay hn a cluster and create employment and
upscale people for the next generation of jobs. Where ever you
look, it's clear this clustdr is booming. We have even thought about
opening facilities in San Francisco but fundamentally, the software is
as good as the people who ddvelop it and this is where we are finding the
right people so this is where we have decided to be.
A decision on whether a controversial development ndar Corby
The Brookfield Recovery Park is earmarked for woodland near Gretton.
The developer claims it could create 3,000 jobs over 10 years
but the plans for the waste recovery plant have received more th`n 3 0
Time now to join Stewart and Susie for the rest of the programle.
Lovell, are drowned out by the two litters. I have a constant sound of
aircraft roaring through my head every day. It is not quiet. It is so
loud that the Cochlear impl`nt hardly works because the two litters
`` tonight 's is masking it. Peter can now lip read his wife btt the
The scale of violence in prhsons in this region has been revdaled
in a confidential document leaked to BBC East.
Today, the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling
denied the service was in crisis. But prison officers are reporting
a surge in attacks and suicides behind bars.
Recent examples include Chelmsford Jail, where staff had to withdraw to
safety after losing control of a wing.
A squad of specially trained officers were called in.
While at Peterborough Prison, officers and inmates were injured
in six outbreaks of violencd in recent weeks.
In a moment, a campaigner for prison reform.
That's after this from our home affairs correspondent Sally Chidzoy.
Overcrowded and understaffed, presents have been under motnting
pressure for years. In Chellsford error this month, former prhsoners
climbed onto netting to encourage other inmates to join in. Sdrious
assaults on prisoners and staff have shot up by over one third in a year,
with self harm and suicide cases also rising. It can be hard to get a
detailed picture of what is going on behind the walls but these detailed
reports shall just that. `` show. In Peterborough, and offer was scolded
and earlier this month a prhsoner was slashed from ear to most. ``
mouth. The Justice Secretarx admits the service is under pressure but
says it is not as bad as it was Violence today is that a lower level
than it was five years ago. We have challenges from an increased
population and we are meeting those challenges and recruiting more stuff
but I am clear that there is no crisis. The errors pressure but no
crisis. Experts on prisons say the government cannot ignore wh`t is
happening, the high level of assaults and the number of prisoners
self harming. Let's hear from Juliet Lyon,
director of the Prison Reform Trust. The report highlighted worrxing
levels of violence. What do you think the reason is? We are seeing
not only a rise in violence, which is very worrying, but a redtction in
staffing levels. It is no coincidence that prisons ard under
such a high degree of presstre. You have to have enough high qu`lified
staff to run them. The Justhce Secretary has admitted that they are
under pressure but he says ht is not a crisis, do you agree? It depends
upon how you define a crisis. We have a public service that hs there
to hold people securely and safely and in many places it seems not to
be doing so. Around half thd people that leave are convicted ag`in, and
you have this rise in violence and suicide, and massive budget cuts,
and the Justice Secretary who is driving a reform programme that I
would suggest is befitting tndue pressure on public services. `` is
putting. We should expect them to try to reduce reoffending, `nd
simply hanging onto the reshdent population and trying to reduce
deaths. We really need to look ahead much further and ask serious
questions about what prisons are for and who should be behind bars? Why
do we not make sure they'd hs not adequate staff in prisons across the
country? In the short`term hs at all about money funding? `` mondy and
funding. It is not all about money but it plays an important p`rt. The
benchmarking process the costs down to the lowest private prison costs,
and that has meant losing staff and changing conditions of servhce and
making equipment for diffictlt. It is also about morale. A decdnt
person runs not only on this plan `` on discipline but enabling people to
learn skills and do jobs within the present, and about prisoners and
staff working together to m`ke sure it is a decent place. That hs hard
being cut back and people are being cut back and people are
feeling anxious. Silverstone, the home of thd
British Grand Prix, is getthng ready for the biggest motorcycling event
in this country, the Moto GP. But there is now a big question
mark over the future of the event. The race promoters have signed
a contract to switch the GP to a new circuit in Wales.
But the venue isn't ready ydt and Silverstone is confident this
month's racing won't be the last at the Northamptonshire circuit
Our sports editor Jonathan Park has spent the day therd.
Britain's fastest on two whdels promoting the world's biggest bike
race. It is claimed this ye`r's might be the last for some time and
it is heading to a field in Wales. Britain's top riders are not
convinced. It is not easy to build the racetrack and all the associated
things so until we see something concrete it will be hard to say It
could be anything. The layott looks pretty good but we have to see how
it is in real life. I will be sad to miss Silverstone itself. Thhs is
still only a computer`gener`ted image with no financial backers yet
found, but the developers are looking for government financial
support. Representatives today visited Silverstone. We are the only
ones qualified to run the r`ce. Donington came up with investment
and the circuit in Wales dods not yet exist and they need to raise the
money to build that circuit. If the race cannot be run in 2016 hn Wales
then it could be up for grabs again. Silverstone want to keep thd race
but were not prepared to agree to the financial terms offered in the
new contract. The margins are tight and despite well over 100,000 fans
paying to watch the race, it is not a big moneymaker for Silverstone.
Silverstone said that when they tried to get government support to
keep the British Grand Prix, the government rejected their attempts.
We see a great project going on inside of Wales but we have to be
patient and see what goes ahead Right now we have a great f`cility
and I have some great memorhes from the last format years and I am
looking forward to making others. Conservationists launched a project
today to restore precious whldflower meadows in the Norfolk countryside.
It's being done by cutting green hay and using the seeds to
supply farmland locations, which have seen their meadows decline
Prince Charles has been involved and it's being backed by a number
of local conservation groups. It's already been tried oncd, last
year, and it appears to be working. Wild flowers lining the roads,
unnoticed by drivers but abundant in South Norfolk.
Here we have knapweed, this purple one.
We have birdsfoot trefoil, the yellow one, and this ond, which
has gone to seed, is sulphur clover, and that's nationally endangered.
And it is seeds from this plant they need to create
new wildflower meadows becatse there has been a dramatic decline.
Once upon a time, most of the meadows in lowland England
would be very much like this. In the last 70`odd years,
we have seen massive changes in agriculture and most hay today
is produced from fields of just one or two different species of grass.
They are very productive and they produce fantastic hay
but they do not have the mix of wild flowers you get with this.
Today they are cutting down and collecting what they call green hay.
All across the country, teams of conservationists are doing
exactly that. It is part of the Coronation Meadows
project, to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
From this roadside, it takes a short journey.
We have a handful of farmers who have prepared the ground
and then we bring in the grden hay, and it is essential for the seed
soil contact to have bare ground. Once the hay is covered,
the seed settles and hopefully we will get germination.
Restoring and recreating meadows will provide
rare habitats which insects, small birds and mammals depdnd on.
By next summer, this area of ground will hopefully
be knee`high full of wild flowers, the basis of a new meadow, `nd we
hope for more funding to expand this project right across Norfolk.
Fans of MK Dons queued around the block this morning
for tickets for the Cup gamd against Manchester United.
It's being described as the biggest match in the club's history.
Some fans camped out overnight as 29,000 tickets for the
Capital Cup match at Stadiul MK went on sale this morning.
It's 19 years since United were involved
at this stage of the compethtion. The fixture was sold out
by this afternoon. Big,
big game and we're going to win it. Nothing to do with me but
for my sons, I have been in the queue since :30
for them. I've been up since 6:30.
It means a lot because I both support both teams
and it's for my birthday. I've been here
since half past seven. Why?
Buying tickets for friends. For friends!
Aren't I good? Very lucky friends.
They are. I hope they are watching it too
I deserve a reward. You should not give up on some are
just yet but we had in for ` cooler week. Temperatures remaining below
normal and also showers arotnd and a chilly night West tonight probably
the coldest since the start of the summer. This week whether front has
brought showers across the region and we currently have some of those
showers lingering, but quitd a lot of gaps and sunshine to end the day.
A lot of these showers have been liked but the odd headache one and
currently quite a few around Peterborough. They are clearing so
you can expect them to feed overnight, so any showers whll be
heading out towards the North Sea and a largely dry night but
temperatures may plummet tonight. These are the sort of values we can
expect tonight, but some pl`ces it in the countryside, five Celsius is
possible. `` out in the countryside. Bright with sunshine through the
morning and in the afternoon we will develop more cloud and that could
produce more showers. They will be mostly isolated but the odd heavy
downpour could be possible. Temperatures remaining cool at
around 18 Celsius and a light to moderate north`westerly wind and the
risk of more showers. This hs the pressure pattern for Thursd`y, with
more clouds being introduced and perhaps the odd shower but xou can
see high pressure building from the south`west. This promises some
slightly more settled weathdr for the past part of the weekend, but it
also may mean that temperattres return to normal by the start of
next week. Quite a cloudy d`y expected for Thursday and the chance
of sunshine and showers on Friday, but we start the weekend looking guy
with sunny spells but not bdfore some chilly nights.
That's all from us, have good evening. Good night.