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Hello and welcome to Look E`st. In the programme tonight:

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or Milton Keynes hospital as health chiefs say both will retain

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Spurred on: could Premier Ldague Tottenham Hotspur be on thehr way to

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The cars with less carbon: The motor manufacturers show us the vdhicles

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First tonight: After months of uncertainty and protests,he`lth

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First tonight: After months of uncertainty and protests, hdalth

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bosses have today ruled out the down grading of one of the region's

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hospitals. Patients and staff at Bedford and Milton Keynes Gdneral

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have faced the prospect of one of the sites losing services ` the

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reason? A shortage of money. But today a change of tune with

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officials saying Accident and Emergency, Maternity and Chhldren's

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departments will all stay at both hospitals. But the question remains,

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how will they afford it? Ben Bland reports

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From Bedford this evening. We now know that they have ruled ott

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significant donor grading of either of the two hospitals. ``downgrading

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Full. The bosses may want to keep to fully functioning hospitals but they

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do not yet know how they will pay for it. What services should be

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provided here and what could be done elsewhere? It is a question with

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very real consequences for people like Nicola who lives in rural Beds

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and her daughter has chronic fatigue and her son has Downs syndrome. She

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is keen for services such as blood testing to be done closer to home.

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From the point of view of e`ch payment with disabled children, they

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want to be sure they can get their child somewhere where they can be

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treated safely. When you have the life`threatening condition, you want

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the hospital there and especially for families with very disabled

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children. There must be the local hospital. Last month it seeled that

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Bedford or Milton Keynes cotld lose key services such as paediatrics.

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But there was strong feedback from doctors and patients and nurses and

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any significant downgrade bx either hospital has now been ruled out It

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has now become very apparent that is not an option for Bedford hospital

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or for Milton Keynes hospit`l. There is no question of hospital services

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in Bedford being deprived of paediatric or emergency services.

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Those are here to stay. The big question for those in chargd of

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local health services is how they can keep control of both hospitals

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and there will have to be some changes to how and where patients

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are treated. There are lots of ways to make services more sustahnable.

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Lots of people come to accident and emergency that could be seen by the

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GPO pharmacist and people who are very old and frail could probably

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treated at home with the right support. There are lots of things we

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can do and the important thhng is that we have to work togethdr and

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make sure those services ard stable. It is or was the year since the

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review of local health servhces began and we now know what bosses

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say they will not change takeaway but that is still very little detail

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about what they will. This whole review was prompted by the crisis in

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children's services here at Bedford hospital last year which were

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temporarily suspended because of safety concerns. They have no fully

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returned and changes have bden made things about how this should be that

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the problems which emerged still remain, namely a shortage of doctors

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and nurses and health visitors. There is also overspending by

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doctors and nurses in Milton Keynes over health care. This overspending

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must be dealt with. That is also a population which is predictdd in

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carrying on ageing and all of this must be dealt with and that is where

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the money question comes in. The next stages in the review are to

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finalise plans and proposals and pupils out to consultation hn the

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winter, which will be a chance for the wider population in this area to

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have their say. in discussions with MK Dons over a

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temporary move to Stadium MK in three years' time. Legal issues mean

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the London Premier League club are "highly unlikely" to move into their

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new stadium as scheduled for 2017`18. It's being reported that

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Stadium MK is one of four vdnues being assessed. Our sports reporter,

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James Burridge, joins me. J`mes how Considering they are 50 milds away

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it is a real contender. In 2017 in 2008 in the have to find a new

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temporary home. This is one of a few options which also includes Wembley

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and the Olympic Stadium but they will also be expensive when you

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compare it with the running costs of Stadium MK. When you considdr what

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the catchment area as for Spurs fans are a lot of them live around the M1

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corridor and Stadium MK is staged huge sporting moments including the

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total sell`out match involvhng Manchester United and it is also a

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Rugby World Cup venue which will next year 's stage three World Cup

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matches. This is not such a far`fetched idea. This will also

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keep the spotlight on the club. Will MK dons say anything about this

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They probably do not want to antagonise Tottenham Hotspur and

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influence any discussions. Ht has been discussed on social media that

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they might shared it with other clubs and other big venues `nd

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keeping the stadium as a telporary venue. Do not expect any sudden

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announcement because this is three seasons away and I will havd to be

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many discussions first. A new campaign's being launched in

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Luton to tackle violent crile. Two years ago, Delaney Brown died in

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a hit`and`run attack and a wave of shootings followed the killhng. Now

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the local council says it, police and other organisations need to work

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more closely together to iddntify problems on the streets. But

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community leaders say they have When armed police took to the

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streets of Britain it sent ` message to say that violence would not be

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tolerated. The death of Del`ney Brown and the shootings that

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followed left the town in the grip of fear. In the past 18 months in

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Britain, police are focused on gun crime. There have been 173 `rrests

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and 118 warrants issued and 19 people charged and 20 guns

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recovered. Written council have come the strategy to tackle gangs to stop

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young people being involved in violent crime. Those are working

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between them and other organisations and something called the fotr piece.

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```four Ps. We need to protdct people from gang violence and

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prepare to listen to people who are concerned about this and also the

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prevent element which is thd most important and involves prevdnting

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young people from going into a life of crime. Whatever way the council

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says it will work to tackle violent crime, people here the firm views on

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what has been happening in the town. It is bad with drugs and yot have

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young children running around with bottles in the hands, drinkhng, and

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you have smoking at the age of 1. I think it is atrocious. I thhnk it is

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overhyped. I think you get this in any area and will be isolatdd

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incidents. There are a lot of good things that go on on the estate

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This security worker questions the strategy of the council. He says

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criminal should be diverted into paperwork. If they have nothing to

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lose, they given no thought. It will be painful for society to accept it

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but at the end of the day, they need to be given work and that is it

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They need to be getting mondy in a lawful fashion. That will hdlp will

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solve some of the issues. There is no extra money for the strategy of

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the council and it is too e`rly to say if it will work.

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A lake in Milton Keynes has been searched today for a 21`year`old who

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disappeared in the early hotrs of Monday morning.

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Alex Todd`Weller was last sden at 4am at Pink Punters nightcltb in

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Watling Street. His disappe`rance is said to be totally out of character.

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A stretch of Cambridgeshire road which has been the scene of a series

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of fatal accidents was closdd today to be resurfaced. Safety barriers

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have already been installed on North Bank by the River Nene near

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Whittlesey. It follows a calpaign by local people for more safetx

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It has become known as one of our most the Tories votes. And ht is no

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being resurfaced. ``notoriots roads. Skid resistance on Ben 's is one of

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a number of safety procedurds being put in place. ``on bends.

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18`year`old Hannah was one of those who lost her life after loshng

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control of her car in a serhes of accidents. They began on thd 3rd of

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November with her death and then over a week for cars also plunged

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into the river with passengdrs thrown into the water and h`ving to

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escape. On the 2nd of December, a man's body was recovered from his

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car and another accident on the same day. On this occasion the driver was

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unhurt. Campaigners say thex been campaigning for better safety here

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and in line with the family of Hannah, added their voices to the

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protest. The events of last year did not be fruit in time to see those

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lives. Why did it take to ddaths before the safety barriers were

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brought in? We looked at wh`t we could install and the safetx fencing

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had to be tested for we could see if could install because of thd growing

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conditions. Once we find we could do it, installed this is straight away.

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The council says that care lust also be taken driving along Fenl`nd

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roads, even more so with another winter ahead.

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Four of the ten most overcrowded train services last year were routes

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through this region. The worst offender was the 0646

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service from London Euston to Milton Keynes which carried two passengers

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for every seat. Also on the list was a morning train from Bedford to

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Brighton and three evening services from Euston through Leighton Buzzard

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and Northampton. Today the Transport Minister, Claire

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Perry, challenged the rail hndustry to do more to improve overcrowding.

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The companies which operate these services say they've alreadx

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increased capacity or have plans to do so by the end of this ye`r.

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to one of the pioneers of the dot`com boom about her new role in

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this region. And before a big gala day this

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weekend, we are in steam and on track with the mid Suffolk.

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You may have seen those pictures of cars which drive themselves.

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How long till we're all in one of those?

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In the world of car design, things are changing very quhckly.

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For example not long ago the only electric vehicle you'd see

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Today there are more than 20 low emission vehicles on the market

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Every year the people who ddvelop them get together at the Millbrook

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Proving Ground in Bedfordshhre to show off their latest ideas.

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And as our business correspondent Richard Bond reports,

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They pass silently, well, almost. The electric cars going round the

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track at Millbrook today, e`ch year the Beds proving ground holds a low

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Carbon vehicle event. 80 vehicles were present, including the new BMW

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I ate, a sports car with an on the road price of ?99,000. It is a

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plug`in hybrid. It has a three cylinder, 1.5 litre turbo`charged

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engine that drives the rear axle. It has an electrical machine that

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drives the front axle. It achieves 134.5 mpg on the test. And not to 60

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in 4.4 seconds. There were demonstrations showing how xou can

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charge up to save the planet. Events like this are becoming more relevant

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to the motoring public becatse there are no more than 20 models of low

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emission vehicles on the UK market. By the end of next year, evdry major

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manufacturer will be selling vehicles with electric power. Among

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the exhibitors, a firm which is trialling driverless electrhc

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vehicles in Milton Keynes ndxt year. It is about providing on deland

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vehicles so they are only used when they are required. You could use

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your smartphone to dial a vdhicle. It will arrive, did you to xour

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destination and then it will move onto the next part of its journey.

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Millbrook is a centre for the low emissions as industry. It hdlps

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people who are developing low carbon vehicles. We have a combination of

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tracks and laboratories that can test many of the components and the

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complete vehicles for stuff we have teams of engineers who can help the

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automotive companies developing these cars to develop them lore

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quickly. There are so many cars and other vehicles in development now,

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trying to harness these new low carbon technologies coming through.

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That is causing a big uplift in the market. We are seeing very strong

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demand for our services in this area. For the moment, low c`rbon

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vehicles make up only a small part of the total motor market btt with

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increasing fuel economy, and high`performance, what passds over

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the hills of Beds today could be in your street tomorrow.

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The online entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox has become

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the new chancellor of the Open University in Milton Kdynes.

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Now Baroness, she became falous as the joint founder of

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These days she's the UK Digital Champion, encour`ging

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She's also launched a charity and sits in the House of Lords.

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After the ceremony and back in London I asked her...

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How did it feel to be Chancdllor of the largest academic institttion in

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the UK? Absolutely fantastic. The best part of the day was mingling

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with the graduates who have completed their degrees, after I

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handed them out on the stagd and managed to fall off it. It hs a real

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privilege and I just loved hearing everybody's stories. Of course, most

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of us will remember those open University lectures and latd night

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television in the 70s. Come in in the morning and turned the

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television on. That said but it has exploited the Internet to great

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effect. I think the open Unhversity has the most fantastic technology

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project. I had no idea before I was lucky enough to be given a guided

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tour around all the different bits of educational technology they are

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working on and all of the incredible ways that they are how people learn

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in order to improve the expdrience, as well as using the Interndt to

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help people and help reach people. I think the open University is an

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early adopter of technology. They are doing everything from pttting

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out free courses all over the world to watching how your eyes rdad a

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screen and assimilate inforlation in order to make it more likelx that

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you will learn more in the future. It's quite interesting and

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innovative stuff. My only c`veat would be that this is the bdginning

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of everybody's journey into online education. There have been ` huge

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number of start`ups, partictlarly from America over the last few

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years. No one yet reached bhg scale and have become enormously

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influential, particularly in the academic world. I think the ODU is

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very well positioned to be ` world leader, a market leader. Wh`t do you

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think the future holds when it comes to electronic learning? I think it

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is a tremendously exciting time There are a number of enormously

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interesting developments and as a student, wherever you are in the

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world, you have more access, more opportunities and that is why I love

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the open University. It really does level the playing field likd no

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other institution. It's about Steve Woollatt. He lives

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in Hertfordshire and is a motorcycle drag racer. At the end

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of last week he was involved It happened at the Santa Pod

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raceway in Bedfordshire. The rider Steve was racing lost

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control and swerved into hil. In the impact, he somehow m`naged to

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cling on to the back of Steve's bike Six seconds from start to fhnish but

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in drag racing it doesn't always go to plan. The first round, Phil got

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the jump off me off the lind. I was soon catching him up. I could see he

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was in trouble. I knew therd was going to be an impact. He hht the

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side of me. He carried on for a little bit longer, thinking they

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would be a riderless motorcxcle about and there was. The rider had

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lost control, crossing the centre line, colliding with Steve's

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machine. The Greek's bike slid down the track. The bike didn't feel

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right. I look over my shoulder and that is where I saw feel, shtting on

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the bars. He had his leg catght at the side of the tire. This lode you

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see in the video was the tire rubbing on his leg. It has burdened

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his ankle but apart from th`t, he hasn't sustained any other hnjuries.

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The impact was at 170 mph. Incredibly, Phil hitched a ride in

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the wheelie bars, usually used to keep the bike stable. They hold

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around 50 events here each xear They've been racing here since 965.

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Never before have they seen the drag race... This was a very, very rare

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incident. What happened was one bike crossed into the other lane. That

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happens occasionally. From time to time, especially in the States, they

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can make contact. But we've never seen it here ever. We've never seen

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a bike crossed the lane and make contact with another one. So they's

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incident has become a big Internet hit worldwide. Phil is now back in

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Greece recovering. Steve was back at his Hertfordshire home. This film

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likely to be alive? Possiblx. He is lucky he has still got two legs He

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was caught up in the back qtite severely and we had to dism`ntle the

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bike at the end of the track to get his leg out. He was very lucky. We

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both win. A first for the rhders and drag racing. Sitting back on a deck

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chair, as one eyewitness put it Just not that relaxing at 170 mph.

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thousands of people who spend their spare time rebuilding things which

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because they love it. The sort of people who get involved with the Mid

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Suffolk Light Railway. Todax they have been getting ready for a big

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gala this weekend and that leans getting the engines all firdd up.

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This is the only steam presdrvation railway in Suffolk and its lix of

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volunteers is diverse. Zach is studying at Cambridge University,

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David is a former car mechanic. They are like women. They tell you what

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they need, what they want. People say engines talk to you and they do

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in a roundabout way. They'vd got funny little quirks. I suppose it is

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stepping back in time. Thesd machines have been going for more

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than 100 years. There is not much technology around today which we can

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say the same for. In 100 ye`rs time it will still be usable. Thhs line

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used to run 19 miles. Closure came in 1952. Today, the track is just

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half a mile long but talks `re underway with the council and locals

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to see if they can extend it. There is a wealth of expertise on site in

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one workshop. In another, a locomotive is being restored. An

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appeal is running to cover the costs, an estimated at ?400,000 We

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like to have people with genuine skills from the steam period.

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Somebody described it once `s old`age care with spanners. In the

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booking office outside, this model is motionless but back on track The

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locos are at last truly alive. I started with little railways, model

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railways and gradually the trains have been getting bigger. I find

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myself here. The gala takes place this Saturday and Sunday. They are

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desperate to showcase what they have achieved so far and their vhsion for

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the future. It was a misty start in

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Northamptonshire this morning. This was a beautiful scene. Moving over

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to Suffolk, Bury Saint Edmunds, Jason Smith was on an early`morning

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run. Another scene from verx Saint Edmunds last night, this was the

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moon over Moreton Hall. The weather is going to remain pretty mtch as it

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is. It is going to be sunny and mainly dry with varying amotnt of

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clients. That is because we have this large area of high pressure

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keeping things static. We'vd had some cloud around today but

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actually, we've done pretty well. A lovely September day for most of us,

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with long spells of sunshind. You can just see the cloud in the North

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Sea. It's going to head our way overnight and in fact, that should

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prevent temperatures from f`lling too low. There will be some clear

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spells so it's possible that some places will get down into shngle

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figures. A little bit chillx out in the countryside. For most of us

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temperatures should hover around ten or 11 degrees as we get to the early

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hours tomorrow morning. The prospect for tomorrow is not great. Ht looks

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as though it will stay quitd dull and cloudy too much of the day. The

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thickest of the cloud should produce a little bit of light rain or

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drizzle in places. As we get through into the afternoon, there is a

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chance of something brightening up across the eastern half. If you live

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in Norfolk or Essex, you might see something brighter towards the

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afternoon. It will remain cool with a lot of cloud around. Any

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brightness might just help to boost those temperatures a little bit

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Across western half, it looks rather cloudy for much of the afternoon.

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Across the East, perhaps sole sunshine to end the day. Thd high

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pressure starts to migrate `cross Scandinavia. What this means is we

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will get more of an easterlx. That will bring more cloud but the

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high`pressure is established enough to prevent these rain bearing

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weather systems from coming our way. It is likely to stay dry, mostly dry

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into next week. Rather cloudy at times and it will stand to turn

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breezy into the weekend. As we get to the weekend, it is looking rather

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cloudy, I'm afraid. That's it for this evening. We will

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see you tomorrow.

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