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Hello and welcome to South Today, I'm Jo Kent.
Looking to the past to address the problems of the future -
could trams be the answer to cutting congestion in one of our cities?
Safety recommendations following the Shoreham
aircrash are adopted by the Civil Aviation Authority -
but real answers for families could still be years away.
And empty fields but full barns - the farmers under threat
of losing their free range status as a result of bird
It's been more than half a century since the last
tram ran in Southampton, but business leaders and politicians
There are currently eight tram and light railway
With traffic congestion here predicted to increase by 50%
over the next decade, an urgent solution's needed.
Currently fewer than one in ten people in the southern part
of Hampshire use public transport to get to work.
So could a new tram network persuade us to ditch our cars?
Sabrina Buck drives six miles from Chandlers Ford
To get there for nine it can take between 40 minutes and an hour.
I have been travelling for about ten years,
and it was a lot quieter than it is today.
I have had to change my hours to go in earlier when I can.
The Local Enterprise Partnership thinks trams may be the answer.
These are very early days, but the plans would see trams run
on or alongside existing railway tracks from Fareham
through the new town of Welborne all the way over to Eastleigh
Then on to a new station at St Mary's and a ferry
It would then run along the street to the cruise terminal
and onto Central Station, where it would rejoin the railway
and head up to Romsey past a new Park and Ride by the M27.
From there the line would head east through Chandler's Ford to Eastleigh
and a new Park and Ride site right on the M3.
Another line would head eastwards out of the city.
This time from the new St Mary's station, going through Netley
and ending at a Park and Ride site here in Segensworth.
And finally across Southampton water the old Waterside railway line
would be reopened as far as Marchwood, with a Park
Now, this all could be in place in 2040.
But it's going to cost hundreds of millions of pounds.
Isn't this all pie in the sky, though?
I think the investment is more than millions,
it's probably hundreds of millions of pounds, but this region has been
significantly under invested in by the Government in the recent
past, and we need to change that dynamic, which is why the Solent LEP
took the initiative by developing the strategic transport
Trams have been running for 25 years here in Manchester.
60 miles of track in the city centre with nearby towns.
It is Britain's biggest and busiest light rail network.
Southampton lost its tram network in 1949.
Plans to reintroduce trams over the years never got
Should regional devolution go ahead as well, funding could be made
available and developers who build housing alongside the route will be
expected to pay as well. The LDP doesn't envisage this is just a
light rail network for Southampton but guided busways in South East
Hampshire and increasing the speed and frequency of trains between
Southampton and Portsmouth. It also wants to introduce a fast ferry
service. It is a big plan and will cast their lot of money. -- cost a
lot of money. The Civil Aviation Authority has
accepted all of the 21 safety recommendations that were made
in the wake of the 11 men were killed when a Hawker
Hunter jet crashed onto the A27 during a display at Shoreham airport
in August 2015. Our transport correspondent
Paul Clifton reports. Air accident investigators
have made a series of Most relate to the way
in which former military aircraft are assessed,
inspected and prepared. Today the Civil Aviation Authority -
the industry's regulator - accepted the last eight
of those recommendations. However, we know these changes
would not have altered the events that took place behind me
in August 2015. Air accident investigators said
a long time ago that the crash was not due to a mechanical failure
of the aircraft. It happened as the pilot was making
an aerobatic manoeuvre. He came out of a loop at a lower
level than would be normal, and over the road instead
of within the display area. He had not agreed this in advance
with the air show director. The local MP has welcomed
this latest report. All 21 of those recommendations,
they are now going to accept. There is just an issue of timing
as to when they can be brought in, but in principle they are now
being accepted and I think that is good news and shows
that there has been some good work done by both the AAIB
and the Civil Aviation Authority to make sure there are going to be
changes to air displays in We are still waiting for the final
report into the crash by air This will lay out exactly
what happened and why. We expected it last year,
but it has been delayed. The pilot of the Hunter,
Andrew Hill, survived. The police are still
considering whether to charge Only when that process has been
completed can the inquest be held. It is quite likely that will not
happen until next year. So the families involved
will won't get a final verdict until perhaps three years
after the crash. Poultry farmers in the South
are waiting anxiously to find out if restrictions imposed
because of bird flu will mean their eggs no longer
have free range status. Flocks are currently being kept
undercover to stop them having contact with wild birds who may be
carrying the virus. Under EU regulations if birds
are housed for more than 84 days, their eggs can no longer be
called free range. We've done nothing wrong,
the birds have done nothing wrong, so really, yeah, why shouldn't we be
allowed to carry on selling our product as free range,
because it's the Government that Football, and it's been
a brilliant night for our two Brighton have taken the top spot
while Reading fans also saw the Royals move into third place
following victory at the Madejski Stadium -
which is where Anjana Gadgil Yes, both these games were due to be
played in December but were both called off due to fog. There was fog
tonight but luckily both matches went ahead. Brighton 1-0 win over
Cardiff has put them top of the championship ahead of Newcastle.
Tomer Hemed scoring in the 73rd minute. Here, Reading with the
better side against Fulham. They had lots of chances and when Johnson's
penalty was saved Roy Beerens was there to follow up. A penalty was
saved in the last few minutes. Reading go third and this is what
the fans thought. Absolutely brilliant, yeah,
I was a bit worried when I saw the team selection for Reading,
but it has been fantastic, We are third now, aren't we,
with this, I think. Whether Brighton are winning
tonight, I don't know, but... It means we've still got
a chance of promotion. And I'm really impressed
with the performance. There is one other piece of football
news tonight coming out of Southampton. The midfielder Oriol
Romeu or has signed a new 4.5 year contract. He will stay at
Southampton until 2021. He has impressed since signing from Chelsea
18 months ago and has played all but one league game this season. A real
boost for Southampton as they travel to play Liverpool tomorrow in the
cup. All the detail on that tomorrow. Thanks very much.
A Dorset bed and breakfast has been named the best in the world.
The Bindon Bottom B was taken over by Clive
They were awarded the title as a result of the number
of positive reviews they received on the TripAdvisor website.
It means that our guests have thanked us for their stay.
We were just very shocked and very happy obviously.
That's all from the South Today news team this evening.
We're back tomorrow with bulletins in BBC Breakfast and there's more
Here with our regional weather forecast is Alexis Green.
It is looking for the overnight tonight. Widespread freezing fog and
ice as well which is why the Met office have a fog and ice warning in
force through the course of tonight and tomorrow until lunchtime which
may cause disruption to travel, ice on untreated surfaces. Tomorrow
morning the fog will develop and it is already developing in some places
and has lingered through the course of the day today especially towards
Dorset. Temperatures overnight will fall to around minus four Celsius in
the countryside and these are in urban areas. Misty and Burke start
tomorrow. Fog eventually lifting. Some brightness especially further
west. A lot of cloud. Highs of six or seven with light winds. Through
tomorrow night into the early hours of Friday morning, and Thursday
morning, widespread frost and the air is coming from the near
continent and the dry freezing air will filter in making it feel
bitterly cold on Thursday. Temperatures reaching a high of five
but more like freezing on Thursday given the wind-chill. More cloud on
For all of us, it'll get colder and then milder again come the weekend.
This shot taken earlier by a weather watcher in East Anglia. The fog
becoming extensive over the next few hours in many south-eastern parts of
England. Much, much milder, further north and
west. Let's concentrate on that fog. I think it is going to be a problem
again tomorrow morning. There are