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Hello and welcome to South Today, I'm Jo Kent.

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Looking to the past to address the problems of the future -

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could trams be the answer to cutting congestion in one of our cities?

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Safety recommendations following the Shoreham

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aircrash are adopted by the Civil Aviation Authority -

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but real answers for families could still be years away.

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And empty fields but full barns - the farmers under threat

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of losing their free range status as a result of bird

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It's been more than half a century since the last

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tram ran in Southampton, but business leaders and politicians

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There are currently eight tram and light railway

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With traffic congestion here predicted to increase by 50%

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over the next decade, an urgent solution's needed.

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Currently fewer than one in ten people in the southern part

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of Hampshire use public transport to get to work.

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So could a new tram network persuade us to ditch our cars?

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Sabrina Buck drives six miles from Chandlers Ford

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To get there for nine it can take between 40 minutes and an hour.

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I have been travelling for about ten years,

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and it was a lot quieter than it is today.

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I have had to change my hours to go in earlier when I can.

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The Local Enterprise Partnership thinks trams may be the answer.

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These are very early days, but the plans would see trams run

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on or alongside existing railway tracks from Fareham

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through the new town of Welborne all the way over to Eastleigh

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Then on to a new station at St Mary's and a ferry

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It would then run along the street to the cruise terminal

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and onto Central Station, where it would rejoin the railway

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and head up to Romsey past a new Park and Ride by the M27.

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From there the line would head east through Chandler's Ford to Eastleigh

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and a new Park and Ride site right on the M3.

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Another line would head eastwards out of the city.

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This time from the new St Mary's station, going through Netley

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and ending at a Park and Ride site here in Segensworth.

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And finally across Southampton water the old Waterside railway line

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would be reopened as far as Marchwood, with a Park

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Now, this all could be in place in 2040.

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But it's going to cost hundreds of millions of pounds.

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Isn't this all pie in the sky, though?

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I think the investment is more than millions,

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it's probably hundreds of millions of pounds, but this region has been

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significantly under invested in by the Government in the recent

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past, and we need to change that dynamic, which is why the Solent LEP

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took the initiative by developing the strategic transport

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Trams have been running for 25 years here in Manchester.

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60 miles of track in the city centre with nearby towns.

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It is Britain's biggest and busiest light rail network.

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Southampton lost its tram network in 1949.

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Plans to reintroduce trams over the years never got

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Should regional devolution go ahead as well, funding could be made

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available and developers who build housing alongside the route will be

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expected to pay as well. The LDP doesn't envisage this is just a

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light rail network for Southampton but guided busways in South East

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Hampshire and increasing the speed and frequency of trains between

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Southampton and Portsmouth. It also wants to introduce a fast ferry

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service. It is a big plan and will cast their lot of money. -- cost a

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lot of money. The Civil Aviation Authority has

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accepted all of the 21 safety recommendations that were made

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in the wake of the 11 men were killed when a Hawker

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Hunter jet crashed onto the A27 during a display at Shoreham airport

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in August 2015. Our transport correspondent

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Paul Clifton reports. Air accident investigators

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have made a series of Most relate to the way

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in which former military aircraft are assessed,

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inspected and prepared. Today the Civil Aviation Authority -

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the industry's regulator - accepted the last eight

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of those recommendations. However, we know these changes

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would not have altered the events that took place behind me

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in August 2015. Air accident investigators said

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a long time ago that the crash was not due to a mechanical failure

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of the aircraft. It happened as the pilot was making

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an aerobatic manoeuvre. He came out of a loop at a lower

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level than would be normal, and over the road instead

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of within the display area. He had not agreed this in advance

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with the air show director. The local MP has welcomed

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this latest report. All 21 of those recommendations,

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they are now going to accept. There is just an issue of timing

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as to when they can be brought in, but in principle they are now

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being accepted and I think that is good news and shows

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that there has been some good work done by both the AAIB

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and the Civil Aviation Authority to make sure there are going to be

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changes to air displays in We are still waiting for the final

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report into the crash by air This will lay out exactly

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what happened and why. We expected it last year,

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but it has been delayed. The pilot of the Hunter,

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Andrew Hill, survived. The police are still

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considering whether to charge Only when that process has been

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completed can the inquest be held. It is quite likely that will not

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happen until next year. So the families involved

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will won't get a final verdict until perhaps three years

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after the crash. Poultry farmers in the South

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are waiting anxiously to find out if restrictions imposed

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because of bird flu will mean their eggs no longer

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have free range status. Flocks are currently being kept

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undercover to stop them having contact with wild birds who may be

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carrying the virus. Under EU regulations if birds

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are housed for more than 84 days, their eggs can no longer be

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called free range. We've done nothing wrong,

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the birds have done nothing wrong, so really, yeah, why shouldn't we be

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allowed to carry on selling our product as free range,

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because it's the Government that Football, and it's been

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a brilliant night for our two Brighton have taken the top spot

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while Reading fans also saw the Royals move into third place

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following victory at the Madejski Stadium -

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which is where Anjana Gadgil Yes, both these games were due to be

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played in December but were both called off due to fog. There was fog

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tonight but luckily both matches went ahead. Brighton 1-0 win over

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Cardiff has put them top of the championship ahead of Newcastle.

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Tomer Hemed scoring in the 73rd minute. Here, Reading with the

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better side against Fulham. They had lots of chances and when Johnson's

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penalty was saved Roy Beerens was there to follow up. A penalty was

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saved in the last few minutes. Reading go third and this is what

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the fans thought. Absolutely brilliant, yeah,

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I was a bit worried when I saw the team selection for Reading,

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but it has been fantastic, We are third now, aren't we,

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with this, I think. Whether Brighton are winning

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tonight, I don't know, but... It means we've still got

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a chance of promotion. And I'm really impressed

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with the performance. There is one other piece of football

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news tonight coming out of Southampton. The midfielder Oriol

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Romeu or has signed a new 4.5 year contract. He will stay at

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Southampton until 2021. He has impressed since signing from Chelsea

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18 months ago and has played all but one league game this season. A real

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boost for Southampton as they travel to play Liverpool tomorrow in the

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cup. All the detail on that tomorrow. Thanks very much.

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A Dorset bed and breakfast has been named the best in the world.

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The Bindon Bottom B was taken over by Clive

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They were awarded the title as a result of the number

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of positive reviews they received on the TripAdvisor website.

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It means that our guests have thanked us for their stay.

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We were just very shocked and very happy obviously.

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That's all from the South Today news team this evening.

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We're back tomorrow with bulletins in BBC Breakfast and there's more

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Here with our regional weather forecast is Alexis Green.

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It is looking for the overnight tonight. Widespread freezing fog and

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ice as well which is why the Met office have a fog and ice warning in

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force through the course of tonight and tomorrow until lunchtime which

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may cause disruption to travel, ice on untreated surfaces. Tomorrow

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morning the fog will develop and it is already developing in some places

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and has lingered through the course of the day today especially towards

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Dorset. Temperatures overnight will fall to around minus four Celsius in

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the countryside and these are in urban areas. Misty and Burke start

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tomorrow. Fog eventually lifting. Some brightness especially further

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west. A lot of cloud. Highs of six or seven with light winds. Through

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tomorrow night into the early hours of Friday morning, and Thursday

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morning, widespread frost and the air is coming from the near

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continent and the dry freezing air will filter in making it feel

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bitterly cold on Thursday. Temperatures reaching a high of five

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but more like freezing on Thursday given the wind-chill. More cloud on

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For all of us, it'll get colder and then milder again come the weekend.

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This shot taken earlier by a weather watcher in East Anglia. The fog

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becoming extensive over the next few hours in many south-eastern parts of

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England. Much, much milder, further north and

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west. Let's concentrate on that fog. I think it is going to be a problem

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again tomorrow morning. There are

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