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Hello and welcome Sal cat matches at -- to South Today. I cannot get over
the fact that grown adults cannot sit around the table and actually
come to some sort of compromise, agreement. Nine cases of bird flu
are confirmed in Dorset, and it is feared many more swans have died.
And after a mild start, we'll see some rain with wintry showers later.
I will have the weather for the week ahead shortly.
In just over an hour, another strike begins
by drivers on Southern Rail, which will affect thousands
of people across the South and South East.
The company says no trains will run tomorrow, on Wednesday or on Friday.
Southern is laying on 200 buses instead which will run
But the company has advised people not to travel on strike days.
And the drivers union Aslef is planning three more days
of industrial action on January 24th, 25th and 27th.
Tonight a special debate was broadcast here in the South that
looked at the issues behind the long running dispute on Southern
The televised debate pitched the head of Southern's
And for the two men on either side of the
long-running dispute over driver only trains,
There will be a second safety trained person...
Oh, let him speak, for goodness sake.
We will roster a second safety trained
person on as many trains as had them before...
Hang on a second, you need to let me finish.
A second safety trained person on as many trains as we had
What's stopping the settlement is the attitude of
the company towards changing the way the trains are operated, and
they are backed up by the DFT and Chris Grayling, and they're
The invited audience was largely made up of
Southern rail passengers, or former passengers,
who told their personal stories of daily frustration since the
By July I had quit my job and I had taken a job closer to home, losing
myself ?7,000 a year, but I did that so I could see my son
because you could not get me home in time to do so.
That journey time extended to 2.5 hours, it was
becoming absolutely impossible, in fact lead to the break-up of my
The continued rail disruption has meant we had to close
the business and we've actually lost our livelihoods because of this.
The Transport Secretary and the Rail Minister
declined to be part of the
programme, and it was left to Bexhill MP Hugh Merryman to
answer questions about the government's lack of intervention.
It;s not the government refusing to drive trains
which the independent safety regulator has decreed as
They could have put pressure on Southern rail with their track
It is hard for the government to come up with more.
The question may be whether the parliament has to give the
government more powers in legislation to bring this matter to
Not everyone is taking sides in a dispute.
Alison from Crawley has kept a video diary of her
She say she only has her fellow passengers' interests at
I cannot get over the fact that grown adults cannot sit around
a table and actually come to some sort of compromise, agreement,
As you can imagine, the disruption on Southern is one of the
issues we get the most feedback on, and here are some of your comments
And if you missed the debate, you can see it on the BBC iPlayer -
A strain of bird flu which has wiped out thousands of birds in Europe has
Nine swans at the famous Abbotsbury Swannery near Weymouth
It was first found in the UK last month with cases in Wales,
Scotland and a number of English counties including Gloucestershire,
where the wetland reserve at Slimbridge was affected.
Since New Year there've been further cases in Devon and Wales.
However, the outbreak at Abbotsbury is the biggest yet.
Confirmation of the presence of the bird flu virus
here at Abbotsbury Swannery came after ten dead swans
Nine tested positive for the H5N8 strain of the disease.
Obviously it's not a threat to our staff or
humans generally, that's been confirmed
by the health agencies, so
that is the good thing, but it is a very serious condition
And it does strike the young ones, particularly, very hard.
So far this winter, around 80 swans have been found dead.
Double the usual number for the winter period.
Tonight, government scientists are stressing the current strain
of bird flu does not pose a risk to people.
This is a very serious disease of birds,
but the good thing is it is
not causing any concerns to human health, so we need people to keep
this disease out of their kept birds, whether it is in their
backyard or it's a full-scale, commercial poultry farm.
At the start of December, the government
ordered poultry farms like this one near Weymouth to bring their free
range hens in doors and to take precautions in a bid to stop the
They say they are disappointed that Defra did not tell
them about the presence of the virus at Abbotsbury a few miles away.
We heard that from our vet that we liaise with and
Already, keeping their hens in doors has led to a
20% of what we normally get, so for us
financially, it is quite a big impact, really.
The measures imposed to try to restrict the spread of
bird flu will be enforced until at least February 28th.
The swannery has closed at the moment for its
They are hoping the bird flu virus will run its
course by the time the swannery reopens on March 18th.
The West Sussex car maker Rolls Royce says it will keep
its headquarters in the UK - despite telling workers last year
that Brexit would limit its ability to plan for the future.
1,700 people are employed by the company in Goodwood
Today it also reported a 6% rise in sales in 2016.
But the company's chief executive told the BBC he still wants more
clarity on what Britain's trading relationship with the rest
of Europe will be, after it leaves the European Union.
We are of course interested knowing that over 90% of our cars are
exported into the whole world that we are not face of any trade
barriers, that we see a free flow of goods still happening. That we can
exchange goods worldwide, that we can also get talent from all over
the world, 80% of our workforce is British, but 20% on international as
well, and I would like to maintain that.
Sailing - and Gosport's Alex Thomson is closing in on the leader
of the Vendee Globe round the world race.
Thomson - aboard Hugo Boss - is attempting to become the first
Briton to win what's called the Everest of the seas.
He's less than 100 miles behind leader Armel Le Cl ac'h.
The winner is expected to cross the finish line in western France
Football, and the draw has been made this evening for the fourth
Only two of the south's teams remain in the competition.
Brighton will travel to the winners of the third round replay
While a home tie against Arsenal will be the reward for Southampton,
if they can beat Norwich City in a third round replay next week.
That's all from others for this evening, we'll leave you with our
weather forecasts. How is it looking? It is set to get colder
this week, the weather starts on a fairly mild note would temperatures
today reaching double figures and a similar scenario tomorrow. Some rain
at times, some sunny spells but cold off on Thursday, that's when the
colder. To dig in. Overnight I, the breeze from the west increases in
the early hours, temperatures falling away to four Celsius, the
chance of solar showers but most places dry with a cute clear spells.
A try and a bright start tomorrow, but in the morning, cloud increases
and we'll see some rain. Not everyone will have the rainfall, a
lot of dry weather. Some cloud with some bright spells and a high of
seven to 10 Celsius, with the increasing westerly breeze. Through
and I'd come holding on to the cloud, some outbreaks of rain,
turning drier, so to start Wednesday, it should be mainly dry,
the odd miss patch, we're blows tomorrow night a lot milder, down to
around seven. The breeze will increase in the course of the day,
as start to change direction to a more north-westerly airflow,
dragging in some showers from the north-west. One or two showers on
Wednesday after a Tri-Star, temperatures reaching a high of nine
to 11 Celsius. -- a dry start. Bringing were at the risk of an
isolated shower from the north-west, and with that the chance we could
have some wintry nest in the showers, a mixture of rain, sleet
and even the odd snow flurry, but aren't expecting any accumulations.
Temperatures coming in, making it feel bitterly cold. Temperatures
could reach a high of 34 Celsius on Friday in some parts. The weekend
will remain cold, the wind will stay with us, wintry
precipitation we get will be of a wintry nation and Thursday is one we
have to watch out for. The weekend outlook, it stays chilly with a
northerly wind and possibly frosty nights.