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A Japanese company buys a huge stake in one


of our biggest train operators - what'll it mean for


Calls for companies here to take on former soldiers,


as Government promises have produced few jobs.


And find out how a satellite built in Stevenage will help improve


It's been announced that a Japanese investor is to take a 40% stake


They run trains from Cambridge to London Liverpool Street,


as well as between Peterborough, Cambridge and Norwich.


Abellio says the partnership with Mitsui will lead


to "significant improvements", but not everyone agrees.


Worth ?1.4 billion, it's been just three months since the Dutch firm


Abellio began the nine-year franchise that promise to transform


rail transport across the region for passengers.


To deliver its pledge, it sold 40% of the franchise to the


Japanese company Mitsui, a fair deal for stakeholders and customers, says


All these companies who have come in for the medium and


long-term franchises bringing money with them.


Naturally, they expect a return on it and we're told it


averages about 6%, no more than that.


That isn't big-money buy any commercial standards.


So nobody is being ripped off, so to speak.


Every day, the service carries 250,000


passengers from London Liverpool Street to Cambridge, Norwich,


In a multi-million pound investment, the


rail operator says it will replace more than 1,000 carriages with more


seats and faster services by 2020 and ?60 million will be spent on


improving stations, including Cambridge.


The investment could cut average journey times by 10%.


Unions say it simply shows that a chunk of


Britain's rail network is up for grabs.


It makes a mockery of the tendering process.


Tendering processes are quite tough, if they satisfy


safety, customer satisfaction, and reliability.


And we have this company, come in out of the blue,


never been in the process and they are buying up


Japan introduced the world famous bullet train but it


is unlikely those sorts of speeds will be seen in this country


Is it worrying that a private company that wasn't involved


in the tendering process has such a huge stake in Abellio?


Here's our Busines Correspondent, Richard Bond.


Bear in mind, the Government was unaware of his Japanese interest


But bear in mind, Abellio is still in charge.


It is still in charge of the operations of the company.


All terms and conditions of this new franchise will have to be met,


otherwise the operators will be in hot water.


Mitsui is being vetted by the Department for Transport,


and the Government actually put out a statement tonight saying that it


would only approve this partial sale once both parties,


in other words Abellio and Mitsui, have satisfied us that passengers


So there you are, basically, checks are being made to make sure


that it is a fit and proper partner for Abellio.


Next - are businesses doing enough to support servicemen and women


The BBC has discovered that just 58 companies in our region have signed


up to the Armed Forces Covenant - a Government promise to look


In our region, Hertfordshire has the most companies with 32,


but there are only six in Milton Keynes and


Para-ice hockey in Peterborough with Stuart, who lost a leg


Now he's trying to help others make the transition from


It's not easy, even for an able-bodied person.


You lose a whole network of support, once you leave the forces.


And you're suddenly left with nothing.


And that's exactly what happened to Daniel Johnson Morris,


who felt let down when he left the Army three years ago,


with mental health problems, no job, and no home.


I went into one of the hospitals in Peterborough.


I was literally in one room, on my own, two single


And I was just keeping myself to myself.


The only time I went out was to go and see my two boys.


Here in Peterborough, they're trying to get more companies


to take on ex-service people, and they can get support


from the government, if they sign the Armed Forces Covenant.


But, for now, out of 3,000 companies in the city,


At this drop-in session, they're trying to link


But with so few signing the covenant, it's hard.


I'm disappointed on the fact that a lot of companies


They are looking at an array of different backgrounds,


different trades, different skills that all three services


The service person that's leaving the forces wants another career.


They could have that person for many years to come,


They just need to give them the chance.


But one of the companies which have signed up is Anglian Water,


who found how employing ex-servicemen and women has


In the last three months alone, we've had nine employees


that we've hired with service backgrounds.


And we find that they're just amazing people.


They've got brilliant skillsets that are really transferable


They have health and safety, they have supply chain,


and they have engineering and practical requirements


So, that's absolutely brilliant for us, too.


It's all about getting them more integrated into civilian life.


Because, as any ex-forces person will tell you,


forces life is completely different to civilian life.


It's hoped that by giving people a chance, it might mean the nation


lives up to its promise of looking after those who served


A court's heard how the man accused of murdering the author Helen Bailey


told police she had spoken of "wanting space".


Ian Stewart made the comment during a recorded 999 call


to report her missing, four days after she disappeared.


Ms Bailey was found dead in a cesspit under the garage


of her home in Royston three months later.


Cambridgeshire Police are investigating a


They say at least three people are in hospital with serious but not


life-threatening injuries and four people have been arrested.


It happened in the Wentworth Street area of Peterborough


Now, just before we bring you the weather,


a look at how our region is helping to improve the accuracy


A satellite made in Stevenage will be the first to measure


In Greek mythology, Aeolus was the keeper of the winds.


Now, it's the world's first ever satellite to study the Earth's wind


It's going to collect more data in one week than we have already.


It's been built in a clean room at Airbus to keep its lasers


It shines it through the atmosphere and a telescope picks up


the reflections of that signal from the dust particles


From this, we can see the wind speed throughout the whole


At the minute, we don't measure the wind in this way,


we just use weather balloons that pop up in individual


points, and radios that are scattered around the world.


There are huge parts of the planet where we actually don't know


This will make it much more accurate.


It means that there will be actual data rather than estimated data


and that should feed into more accurate weather forecasts.


Aeolus works by firing a laser into the atmosphere


It's reflected back by molecules and clouds,


but at a subtly different frequency in what is called


It is the difference between these two signals that


This satellite, which weighs about the same as a Mini,


is going to be travelling around the Earth at


In its three-year life span it will orbit the Earth over 17,500 times.


There is all sorts of fundamental building blocks to making a weather


forecast, but none really more important than


People obviously appreciate the wind at the surface,


But the wind is a really complicated thing.


It varies very dramatically as you go up through the atmosphere.


What we can do with the satellite is just get a much broader image


and you need to know what the winds are doing right now


to be able to predict the weather in the future.


The data that Aeolus sends back could lead to a breakthrough


in our understanding of the Earth's climate.


Fascinating stuff - so lets get our latest


But from me and the team here, goodnight.


Well, we've already got temperatures in some spots below freezing.


As the night goes on, we'll see a lot of the clear sky


filling in with cloud from the north.


And that could produce a little bit of light rain and drizzle.


But for most of us it will be a dry night.


As the cloud increases, that will probably bring


the temperatures back up in many sports above freezing.


So some of us will wake up to a frost tomorrow morning,


And then, tomorrow, we have high pressure in charge again.


This weather front to the north, that's likely to push a bit more


Generally more cloud around tomorrow compared to today.


I hope it will thin and break in time to at least allow


Temperatures at best only up to about four Celsius, but we do


But it's going to stay on the chilly side, and stay largely dry


Although we may again just to see a little bit of drizzle out


In a moment, Nick will have the national forecast,


Thursday and Friday, high pressure stays in charge,


so it stays fine and dry, but largely cloudy.


On both days, we should see temperatures perhaps closer


to average - about six Celsius at the best.


from time to time. Staying settled still. Nick has the national


forecast this evening. Hello. If you are watching the


football earlier it turned out to be an evening for football fans in


Lincolnshire. This is how it looked at the start of the day. No idea


whether this weather watcher is a football fan, it's a fan of weather


that matters here. All sorts of weather, from 13 in Aberdeenshire to


two, despite the sunshine in Kent. I wonder if this six in the cloud


across the Midlands into northern England and parts of Wales felt


colder, particularly in these misty and foggy conditions in this weather


watcher view. Some drizzly rain around at times still from the


thicker cloud into parts of England and Wales overnight, hill fog too.


Cloud for Scotland and


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