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Hello and welcome to South Today. been saved if the police


In tonight's programme: The downgrade of maternity services


at Banbury's Horton Hospital is extended as the NHS


in Oxfordshire discusses ?200 million of savings.


Can a new approach to recruitment engender gender equality


Reading's methane-fuelled buses make their debut.


It's been announced the downgrade of maternity services


at the Horton Hospital in Banbury is being extended again


The move, made on safety grounds, sparked anger


Oxford University Hospitals Trust said it was down to a shortage


of doctors, and only five out of nine doctors are likely to be


The downgrade means that expectant mothers needing doctors at present


have to travel to the John Radcliffe Hospital.


Well, the extended travel time has led to the MP for Banbury,


Victoria Prentis, urging patients to log their journey


Chrissy Ansell from Banbury makes the 60-mile round trip


to the John Radcliffe each week in order to visit her family.


Talk me through the way that we are going to go


I think it's best if we go on the A4260 because the motorway


is 12 miles longer but also it gets chock-a-block with


You were saying that the Horton was somewhere you had to use


It was just before Christmas and I had the unfortunate accident


where I fell out of the loft, and the loft ladder went in my leg,


which opened pretty badly and was bleeding profusely.


So we're just coming through Adderbury now.


She's had quite a lot to say on this matter and she wants people


I hope to be able to feed this into the consultation is real evidence


about what time it takes people to get the better appointment rather


than taking things of Google maps. The journey times are an important


factor. Although the population in Banbury has grown, medical sciences


is not fast, people are getting older, but that distance has not


changed. We are just leaving Dennington now. We had been driving


for just over 20 minutes. We are going to the John Radcliffe. How


long do you expect the rest of this journey to take? I would say another


25 minutes minimum. If I was sat here is one of the decision-makers,


what would you say to me? I would say to think very carefully about


what you are doing. This is people's lives here. There are other places


you could cost cost of it as costs you're talking about. We are just


coming into the John Radcliffe now. It is almost exactly 50 minutes


since we lived your home in Banbury. It triggers the same time back and


we could have gone to the Horton ten times. Now we have struggled to find


a parking space. That is right and it can take as much as an hour, if


not bit more. Well, tonight, details have been


released suggesting more services are to be moved


from the Horton Hospital to the JR. ?200 million of savings has to be


found by the county's clinical The proposals will now


be put to the public. Katharine DaCosta has been


looking at the details. A short time ago, I asked


her what more we know. Well, it seems that the idea's


to centralise more services to the John Radcliffe Hospital in


Oxford. Now, that's not going to be good


news for people campaigning to keep Health bosses stress


they are investing in the Horton. It'll become a centre


for diagnostics and outpatient appointments so that patients can be


seen and treated closer to home. Under the plans, though,


the most seriously ill patients Maternity services may be


permanently downgraded due Acute stroke services could also


transfer to Oxford to make it a large specialist unit


for the whole region. Meanwhile, the overall strategy


is to keep people out of hospital Another 48 are


earmarked for closure. We've only seen these proposals,


we've only had them for a matter of hours, but what reaction


has there been? Well, some of the concerns


are that this consultation's in two parts and that,


actually, many of the Some feel the sheer size of it


will put many people off engaging Healthwatch Oxfordshire feel


many of the changes have already started to be put in place before


the public's even been consulted. They've already closed down beds


in the JR and they've closed They've done that before


the consultation starts, I mean, if there is a big swell


of public opinion against it, is it actually going


to make any difference? The second phase is expected


to start in May - looking at A, children's services and community


hospitals - with the fear that, to make more savings,


more community hospitals may We'll have more reaction and more


detail on tomorrow's South Today. Katharine DaCosta,


thank you very much. Investigations are continuing


after a man in his 60s died when a light aircraft


crashed in Oxfordshire. Emergency services were called


to the Aston Rowant Nature Reserve The aeroplane had taken off


from Turweston Aerodrome There was thick fog


in the area at the time. Police in Milton Keynes are trying


to trace a mother who's been missing since she dropped her daughter off


at school on Friday morning. Sherena Begum, who's 29, was last


seen in Helford Place in Fishermead. She'd walked to school


with her daughter in heavy snow. She was wearing a blue dress


and a brown robe-like jumper. 14 council-run day care centres


for elderly and disabled people have been recommended


for closure in Oxfordshire. The county council is proposing


the closures in order Under the plans, funding


for privately-run services would also be cut by hundreds


of thousands of pounds but more If anyone were to say


that it is most definitely a long-term solution,


we are not perhaps being realistic, but what we are doing is,


as of today, making sure that the service we have


in Oxfordshire is giving the Oxfordshire people


what they need. The UK Atomic Energy Authority


based in Culham is hoping to increase gender equality


with a new recruitment process. Those hiring people wouldn't see


names at the shortlist stage to try and stop unconscious


bias against women. It's part of measures being tried


at Culham to increase the number At Culham's nuclear fusion


experiment jet, they can heat plasma to 100 million degrees -


hotter than the sun. But when it comes to getting


women into science, Currently, 10% of engineers and 15%


of scientists here are women. The UK Atomic Energy Authority says


it's an imbalance they're What needs to change is the culture


- and for it to become normal, for it to become a nonevent that


you are a woman in You're just a scientist,


you're an engineer, you're not a female scientist


or a female engineer. Alex Davis is a process


engineer at Culham. She thinks women are being put


off jobs in science You give boys Lego and you give


girls dolls and make-up and, suddenly, you've raised an entire


generation of people who are conditioned to think,


these are my hobbies, these are my interests,


these are what I want The UK Atomic Energy Authority has


now signed up to a gender equality accreditation scheme


to try to attract more women into It wants to make its labs


more female-friendly. Some of the tangible things that


you can do are gender-blind recruitment practices


at the short listing stage. This is something that's been


in the news recently. Family-friendly working


policies, flexible working. A lack of female scientists


and engineers is not just a problem at Culham Science Centre -


it's happening across the country. But it's hoped measures being tried


out here could encourage more women to embark on careers


in this industry. The new town of Milton Keynes


is celebrating its 50th There'll be celebrations throughout


2017 and they've started at Middleton Hall in Centre MK,


where an exhibition illustrating Milton Keynes' history


has gone on display. A beautiful name for


a lovely village, almost Once not much bigger than a hamlet,


its name given to one of the largest new town projects,


not just in this Designed in the 60s,


building began in the 70s. Originally six miles


by ten, a new town built on the American grid system,


famed for its roundabouts and redways, more than 100


miles of pathway for People encouraged to move to a place


where they could find everything they need -


space, parks, an easy commute. Originally, buildings promised to be


no higher than the tallest tree. A town planner in the


States helped plan MK. For the people that chose


to make their lives here, for the companies that chose to move


here, for the investors who chose to make their investments here,


the city has been successful. 50 years on, it's now one


of the fastest-growing towns in the country,


home to more than 10,000 businesses, a place where you'll find sport,


innovation, leisure. But, with its population expected


to rise to more than 300,000 in the next ten years,


this town, with ambitions to become a city, faces challenges -


housing, health care, What will the next


half-century bring? Finally, how about this


for a lucky escape? An 80-year-old motorist


was unhurt after this car crashed into a pontoon


on the River Thames in Henley. Emergency services helped free


the pensioner within ten It took two hours


to recover the car. The driver was described as a bit


shocked by a passerby. Now more of today's


stories with Sally Taylor. After a soggy start of the week, the


forecast is mainly settled. Sunny spells at time, a cold spell and


mainly dry. A high-tech airborne radar system


that'll be the eyes and ears of the Navy's new Portsmouth based


aircraft carriers has finally got The way decisions about


the Crowsnest radar have been made has come in for criticism


from the National Audit Office. But today in Portsmouth


the government announced the ?269 million project


is going ahead, helping to secure The Royal Navy's big new aircraft


carriers will need plenty of protection. With radar equipment on


board and in the sky providing early warning of incoming threats. Now the


Ministry of Defence is going ahead with the project to fit the latest


Crowsnest radar system to Merlin helicopters like these. Looks over


the horizon, looks out long-distance, looks high and back


covers the gaps. It's a big contract, ?269 million. The


Government had faced strong criticism over delays to the


project, but today on board HMS dragon in Portsmouth, the message


from the minister was positive. Obviously really important to get


these things right and it's a really good news announcement today. It's


going to sustain almost 200 jobs here in the South. But you would


accept that if ministers had got to move on in terms of the positive


decision-making, we could have been here a lot earlier? Innovation is


really important and we do sometimes have to make adjustments during the


procurement process to make sure we have the right cutting edge


capability. The Navy is confident the new system will be up and


running, and with crews trained by the time the first the aircraft


carrier becomes operational in 2020. We accelerated the programme to meet


those dates. At the moment we are looking slightly ahead of the


carrier requirements so it's looking good. The contract is a boost for


industry. It will secure 80 posts in Crawley and another 60 here in have


and where they are using the latest technology to make the new system is


easy to use as possible. -- in Havant. Altogether 30 of the Navy's


Merlin helicopters will be modified to carry the new Crowsnest radar.


The money's good and the hours reasonable.


Southern Railway, which is enduring months of strikes, has launched


It comes amid a new row about whether the drivers' union has


changed its attitude to what's called Driver Only Operation.


Our Transport Correspondent Paul Clifton is here.


Well, Sally, let's see what's on offer.


Govia Thameslink Railway, Southern's parent company,


wants maintain a constant pool of 200 drivers in training.


That's for a four-day week, doing 35 hours.


And most drivers work a fifth day as voluntary overtime,


Most train operators rely on that overtime.


Drivers earn more, and companies can employ fewer people,


But an overtime ban by the drivers' union is biting hard on Southern.


Even on days with no strike, like today, it means around one


Now, let me remind you of something the drivers'


Our view is that in the increasingly longer trains in particular, we've


got 1100 people, and nobody on the train to serve the critical role to


say it is unsafe. Rail magazine has uncovered


a letter, signed by Mick Whelan, in which he agrees to run precisely


that sort of train. Aslef agrees to drive and operate 12


car DOO trains, it says. The newest, longest trains,


carrying the most people, of the type used on Southern


and Gatwick Express. Aslef says it has opposed


driver-only operation for 15 years. Yet six years ago, here


it is signing up to more of it, The union says it was


honouring an extension But clearly here it was accepting


drivers should do what it now calls a fundamentally unsafe


way of working. Plans to build the Reading section


of a new cross-Berkshire cycle route The route will eventually stretch


from Newbury to Ascot. The first section along Bath Road


will cost 450 thousand pounds and should join up


existing cycle lanes. But some campaigners say it's been


a long time coming and parts Having one big route will hopefully


join all those cycle lanes into a cycle network and that's what


cyclists really need because you're not just travelling down one road


from most journeys, you're going to be travelling halfway across town


and you need a route that will take you some distance.


A brand new fleet of environmentally friendly buses are due to start


running on the streets of Reading this week.


Reading Buses have bought five of them at a cost of a quarter


As well as having free 4G wifi, they've also got mobile


But the new EURO 4 buses aren't fuelled by petrol or diesel


Edward Sault has been to take a look.


The regal welcome for Redding's new royal bosses but this one is


slightly different, and Daisy the cow might be a bit of a giveaway as


to why. This is the world's first gas double-decker bus, powered by a


sustainable form of the gas fuel, and the source comes from cow waste,


their bedding, food stock and other waste products as well. And that was


a pivotal reason why the bus company decided to buy five of these at a


quarter of ?1 million each. We have some of the poorest air quality in


the South in parts of the borough. More people come into Redding every


day by bus and therefore it is important that Redding buses was in


the forefront of using the greenest and cleanest ones available. It also


has some devices you may have not seen in the past such as free 4G


Wi-Fi and coat hooks. It's also got a mobile phone charger, you simply


take it out of its case, plug it into your phone and leave it to


charge whilst you are on the go. It's got some great things on there


and it's exciting that it is environmentally friendly and will be


extended to other routes. We have got to do something useful with cow


waste. These buses will be serving route 33, turning the spotlight onto


a Greenaway of travelling. Straight on to sport and Tony


husband is here. I got a lot of tweets over the weekend saying to


look out for Sam Sunderland. Sam Sunderland broke his ankles,


knees and pelvis in a motorbike 11 years later his determination


to reach the top has been rewarded. He's become the first Briton to win


the Dakar rally in any category Formerly known as the Paris Dakar


rally, this staging was held in South America


and ran through Paraguay. Sunderland, from Poole,


but now mainly based in Dubai had led for his team KTM since stage


five of 12. It was an emotional moment


as he crossed the line. It feels incredible. I'm lost for


words. In the last couple of moments, the emotion started to kick


in, and it was just a bit overwhelming. It's amazing. I've had


an incredible week, and really thank you to the team and organisers. It's


been a really hard rally, even with been a really hard rally, even with


and I'm really drained, physically weather, it was still one


and emotionally but I'm so happy and and emotionally but I'm so happy and


it is a dream come true for me. Loads of people across Hampshire and


Dorset very proud of him, congratulations.


Alex Thomson has set yet another record in the Vendee Globe single


The Gosport sailor covered more than 600 miles in 24 hours faster


than has ever been done before, as he continues to try and catch


Thomson's damaged bat Hugo Boss has closed the gap tonight


on Banque Populaire to 85 miles, and they're about to turn due east


Thomson is attempting to become the first Briton ever to win


the race known as the Everest of the seas, a two and half


month challenge against the prevailing winds and tides.


Earlier today we had this update as he attempts to catch pre-race


It's about trying to get as close to our man as possible and I'm


struggling a little bit at the moment, not catching him as much as


I would like. I'm struggling a little bit with the steering. I have


some play in the steering system which basically means when I get to


high speeds, the boat becomes a little bit uncontrollable. So I've


had a few very near accidental jibes. It is still all to play for.


We will have to see what happens but one thing you can count on, I'm


going to fight until the end. We are with you, Alex, all the way until


the end. Southampton football manager


Claude Puel described his side's loss at Burnley this


weekend as incredible. Southampton failed to take a string


of chances and paid the price when Joey Barton's free kick beat


Fraser Forster 12 minutes from time. It was Southampton's fourth


consecutive Premier League defeat and they're down to 13th


in the table. Here's the key headlines from


the rest of the weekend's football. Town Trail from this second-half


volley. But new signings were to play their part. After joining for a


third loan spell, bed grabbed when put his shot on level terms. Both


sides pressed hard for the winner. James Henry denied the post. Charlie


Cockett's cross picked out Kasim, and the Iraq International found the


net. A first league win in seven. Oxford United arrived at Wimbledon


unbeaten in 2017. They looked on course for that record to continue.


The dons responded in style. Dean Parrott smashed in an equaliser of


the bar and turned provider for the winner. His cross was met by the


head of Sean Kelly and United's unblemished start to the year.


who's celebrating his 100th birthday today.


This is Bill Lucas, from Cowfold in West Sussex.


He's in the striped top, running in the 5,000 metres


He didn't make the final though, which he blames


That's because he'd been due to run in 1940 and '44,


but the Games were cancelled and he was called up to the RAF.


He said the key to a long life is a whiskey every evening. We have the


weather for the week ahead. Yes, a little bit cold at times through the


course of the week with perhaps a little bit of frost.


Sue Cheney captured the grey conditions whilst walking her dog


Ralph on Gurnard Beach on the Isle of Wight.


Lynne Harvey took this picture of a squirrel


And Chris Proudfoot took this picture of the low tide


Quite a grey day with outbreaks of rain at times but the weather ahead


is on improving picture. It should be mainly dry through most of this


week with temperatures struggling on Sundays. High pressure remains in


charge of the weather, it should be mainly dry. The possibility of some


frost overnight tonight and also on Wednesday morning. We may have a


frost first thing tomorrow, milder temperatures for western parts and


we are looking at loads of freezing. A cloudy start to western areas


tomorrow but the cloud will start to be nibbled away by the sunshine.


Sunny spells making an appearance, more cloud through the latter part


of the afternoon. Otherwise it is going to be a lovely, sunny day with


temperatures reaching as high as seven Celsius so in some parts it


will feel chilly. More so overnight and under the clear skies the


temperatures will plunge to minus forced Celsius in the countryside.


Light winds to start Wednesday, and there will be a frost. In some


places only reaching a high temperature of four Celsius. More


cloud in general on Thursday, we will have this weather front across


the country. High pressure still dominating the weather through much


of the week. Thursday, temperatures will reach around seven Celsius, and


a similar scenario also on Friday. We are expecting a good deal of


cloud but Thursday and Friday should be mainly dry. Where the cloud is


thickest we should have the odd spot of drizzle. Temperatures on Friday


reaching age Celsius, so more mild than tomorrow and Wednesday. High


pressure remains in charge of our weather, it should stay mainly dry


at the weekend, staying generally cloudy.


Looking at the weather, Alex Thompson the Gosport sailor is doing


something like 30 knots, we should look at the weather forecast for him


to see what will happen. And we heard him talking there, dramatic


stuff and the whole interview is on our Facebook page. That's it from


us, more tomorrow. Good night.


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