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Tonight, Berlin's Brandenberg Gate is illuminated with the colours


On the programme tonight, calculating the continuing cost of


strike action on Southern Rail. 27 days in, it is already hundreds of


billions of pounds in lost business. And a candlelit vigil in Portsmouth


tonight, as donations pouring as the city centre hope and support to


refugees fleeing conflict in Syria. Today's the 27th day of industrial


action on the Southern Rail network. Strikes have already forced


some commuters to change jobs or even move house,


as they struggle to Beyond the impact on peoples'


lives, though, what's A new study puts the loss


at around ?11 million a day. The University of Chichester has


based its calculation on the thousands of passengers


who are late, have missed work, or had to work from home


on strike days. It estimates the industrial


action has already cost And with nine more strike days


scheduled, the total is likely to reach 400 million


by the end of next month. This from our Business


Correspondent Alastair Fee. Ladies and gentlemen,


we do apologise for That is due to too many people


being on this train. At a Sussex comedy night,


there is only one joke in town - but it is becoming harder


to laugh at. Quite honestly, it is not a joke


any more, it isn't a joke. We can laugh so much,


but when it comes to affecting people's lives and livelihoods,


then that is not a joke. At the University of Chichester


they have been looking at the impact of the strikes in terms of lost GDP,


the value of goods and services produced


as a measure of the economy. The total impact per strike day


is probably 9.5 million at a conservative level,


and perhaps as high as 11 million if we look


at a broader level of impact. In a nearby warehouse,


they have been losing as much as This company is among the largest


manufacturers and distributors When we've got


limited staff here, obviously, that productivity is reduced,


so we're trying to do the same amount of volume


of work with less people, One of the biggest concerns is


that it reduces the attractiveness of this region as a place to do


business, so the risk is that investment is discouraged


and ultimately goes elsewhere. With the rail going out,


that knocks out connection, puts pressure on to the road


network, and the road network is failing as well,


and so that is saying to people, there is not enough


resilience, we should not be They say laughter is the best


medicine, but the jokes are getting This study into lost productivity


suggests it has cost the economy It is likely to be much higher,


and doesn't account for the loss of sales or the impact on


personal finances for people # Every day's an endless


stream of cancelled trains A candlelit vigil was held


in Portsmouth this evening as people gathered to show solidarity


with refugees who've left the war-ravaged


Syrian city of Aleppo. Hundreds of people came together


at Guildhall square - to donate aid to be sent to those


whose lives have been Hundreds of people have gathered


here in Portsmouth to show solidarity with people


across in Syria. At 7pm, there was


a minute's silence. People have also been


showing their generosity, donating hundreds of bags full


of relief supplies. Things like clothes,


bedding and food, and also It's amazing, it's amazing, it gives


you faith in humanity, doesn't it? It shows Portsmouth is an awesome


place, it's full of great people, It shows that people are prepared


to get together and help people in a terrible situation,


and to me that's really heartening. I've seen things that


have obviously... People have obviously gone out


and bought a whole lot of stuff It's not just people discarding


things that they don't want to know, it's people really thinking,


what can I do to help? It's really important


to think about, locally, in our country, what's going on,


but at the same time The charity, Don't Hate, Donate


has already delivered 150 tonnes of


relief supplies to Syria. They say it will take two or three


weeks to get these supplies Next tonight, closing the BBC


Monitoring Centre at Caversham and places the operation


in jeopardy. That's according to


an influential group of MPs. The Defence Select Committee says


moving the work from Reading to London risks losing specialist


staff, undermining national security, and should be of great


concern to the Government. Our reporter, Joe Campbell,


is at Caversham tonight. Joe, what goes on there,


and why is its future a worry Caversham Park was set up as a


sister station to Bletchley Park, and the job of people there was to


crack codes, but the job of people at Caversham Park was to read


between the lines of what was said publicly. A radio station is run


publicly by an ally of the country's president. What you are hearing is


the President's view of the world. All very useful for negotiating a


trade deal with them, more concerned when he sends tanks across the


border. This was traditionally paid border. This was traditionally paid


for by us all as part of more general taxes. In 2010, the


government got the BBC to pay for it. That is where the problem lies,


according to the select committee. If the government had not


stopped the funding, then I don't think this crisis


would have arisen, and that's why we recommend that the government


needs to restore the funding. The local MP, who is also a


government minister, brought the select amity to look at the site. He


agrees with their concerns about national security, and pours scorn


on the BBC's idea that this is the best way it can save ?4 million per


year. The BBC clearly has enough funds


to cover the small amount of money I would say the best place for BBC


Monitoring is within the BBC family. However, it needs to be funded


properly, and with ?5.5 billion, that is possible to do if the BBC


has the will to do it. Of course, the BBC might have been


hoping for more than ?4 million in savings, this is prime real estate


overlooking the Thames. But the select committee has poured scorn on


that idea, saying that the site was effectively bought with tax payers'


money, so if there's going to be sold, it should be the taxpayer who


benefits. It should not be used to plug gaps in the licence fee.


Thank you. It's been free to park in some


market towns in West Sussex the district council says it can no


longer subsidise rural town As Matt Treacy reports,


some residents in Steyning are so worried about the potential


impact of parking fees, they're calling for their


taxes to go up instead. These Dickensian


demonstrators are angry. A great big bag of


car parking charges! They want to keep their car park


free, and they are willing to pay Allow us to put a little bit


on the precept to keep car You don't often get many


stories about people wanting to pay more tax,


but people want to keep this high-street, and they know that car


parking charges will have a serious detrimental effect, not


just on the businesses, but also in the parking


restrictions as well. At the moment it's free


to stay in Steyning - just pop to a local shop,


get a free cardboard clock, Horsham District Council has


a ?4 million black hole in its budget and says it cannot


keep spending over ?300,000 running car parks in towns


like this for free. From April, it will cost 75p


per hour, and locals can buy a ?12 pass that lets them park


all year round. Parking charges will not


kill the high-street, but they will kill three or four


businesses, and those three or four go, and then


you lose another couple, Coming from Worthing,


where it's more expensive, I'd say that's fairly cheap,


but it has the perks of having free parking,


it was one of the reasons Well, if we had to, I suppose


we would, but we'd rather not. Horsham District Council says


it does not want to make this town an exception


to their new parking charges. People here say they


are just being Scrooge. That's it from the news team


for this evening. We're back during


BBC Breakfast tomorrow. Meanwhile Alexis Green is here


with the regional weather forecast. Thank you, a dry day for some today,


with some sunny spells, but MacLeod is increasing, and overnight tonight


we're expecting light rain and patchy drizzle -- the cloud. By


dawn, it will affect many places. Temperatures tonight falling to


round 2-3 C in the countryside. Chilly start tomorrow, wet start


with this band of rain moving eastwards. Once it clears, we're


looking a dry interlude before rain arrives during the afternoon. Some


brighter spells to be had, but heavier rain through the afternoon


and into the evening, with temperatures into double figures


with a high of 9-12 C, and a south-westerly breeze. The rain will


eventually clear tomorrow night, and the skies will clear with light


winds, a touch of frost possible first thing on Thursday morning, as


well as mist and fog patches. High pressure starts to build it on


Thursday, the outside chance of a shower, high cloud will start to


feed in over the course of the day, and that will turn the sunshine


hazy. But a deep area of low pressure is heading towards us


through the latter part of Friday, into Saturday. As a result, that


means we're going to see some very strong winds.


country it's worth knowing the national forecast. Over now to


Tomasz. So, the weather's going to blow a


few cobwebs away in the coming days and maybe a few other things, as


well. How stormy is it going to get? For most of us probably not too


terrible. It is, however, going to be very nasty across parts of


Scotland on Friday. The clouds are racing across the Atlantic and we


will see a storm by the time we get to around about Friday and then


Friday night. At the moment we have a weather


front crossing the country, we have had dreadful weather in the


north-west, it was cold and raining in Northern Ireland


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