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A billion pound investment to shave 15 minutes off rail journeys.


But tonight, there are questions over where that money


We have the inside track on which part of the line will benefit.


Also tonight: the threats and abuse aimed at health officials overseeing


Staff are being verbally abused when they are going about their business


on the street, when they are not on work time and I think that is wholly


inappropriate. how these beavers could provide


the answer to cost-effective And counting a host


of golden daffodils - work gets under way to record


the number of varieties It's always been the slow train


coming, but today came the news that journeys from Exeter


to London's Waterloo The new operators of


the South West Trains route are set to invest ?1.2 billion


across the network. The Waterloo journey currently takes


just over three and a quarter hours. It's slower than the more popular


Exeter to Paddington route, because most of the line is single


track and high-speed but in future it could be up


to 15 minutes quicker. That news has been applauded


by passengers, but some rail campaigners say there's no real


new investment for the region and rail users west of Exeter


will feel no benefit at all. We'll have reaction


from Cornwall in a moment, The Waterloo line is


picturesque but slow. The news of this investment,


with the new and more frequent trains cutting journey times


from the south-west to London by up to 15 minutes,


has been welcomed by passengers. It would mean we could get up


there quicker to go to the theatre, which is what we like to do,


go there with the children at It would be excellent to get more


options for people to travel I think better trains are required


because they can be a little bit grubby sometimes and more


reliability, obviously if you've got plans in London,


you can obviously fulfil them It's a long journey and there's


a lot of stops there, which leaves us all out


in the sticks a little bit and I believe, obviously,


a direct train between Exeter and London that is a lot faster


would be useful for people. Importantly, the Waterloo line


is less vulnerable to flooding. It doesn't travel through


the Cowley Bridge junction, north of Exeter, nor


the Somerset Levels, both But there is no news of investment


at Dawlish where the line has repeatedly been cut by storms


or further in to Devon and Cornwall. We need to have a second reliable,


resilient rail network here in the south-west and whilst


this is definitely a positive move, it is not something we should


be taking focus of. We need to continue with the efforts


of the south-west campaign, the peninsular task force and keep


very much the government's feet The new franchise for the Waterloo


line has been won by First Group. They also run trains


on the Paddington line, leaving some to raise concerns


about a lack of competition. The new service will be operating


from here to Waterloo in August. In the next few months,


the government are due to announce their proposals


regarding what to do Interesting and important


times are ahead for Well, the announcement today might


be good news for passengers in Devon and the east of the region,


but there's little if any benefit for those travelling


by train from Cornwall. Passengers in the county have been


promised faster journey times to the capital on the mainline


to Paddington, but that's Spotlight's John Ayres has been


in Cornwall gauging reaction. Rail passengers here,


like fare payers right across the country, want to feel


like they are being treated equally. Here in Penzance, it can feel


like the nation's capital is a very, Any rail investment will be welcomed


by passengers, but Cornwall Penzance via Exeter


via Tiverton Parkway and up to Paddington is definitely


the route that needs Let's hope they are able to find


funds to do this part I suppose if that part becomes very


fast, I would probably go to Exeter It is much more economical


and better for me to go The problem with rail travel


in Cornwall is how long it It is about 180 miles


from London Paddington to Exeter. The fastest train does


it in just two hours, that's an average speed of 90 mph,


but then from Exeter to Penzance it's 120 miles


and that takes three hours, so the average speed


has more than halved. What we need to do is get


a time in the morning where a train goes from Truro,


St Austell, Exeter and on to London, that will stop all those stops,


so a real commuter line if you like, for business people travelling


to London and one on the way That will open up Cornwall


to businesses in the The investment this time is private


money from the franchise operators. The Transport Minister,


Paul Maynard, says this announcement is about the South Western trains


franchise and rail passengers in Cornwall will see improvements


to rolling stock by the end Well, Andrew Roden is a rail expert


and author and is live I have been taking a look through


the announcement. There is a lot of talk of improvements east but what


sort of impact will this have on passages in our bit of the


Southwest? I guess passengers from Poole and Weymouth will not object


to faster journeys to London, but on the west, it looks like it is


refurbished rolling stock, free Wi-Fi, it does look thin. What about


this issue of first group now being involved in the mainline franchise


and the South West trains franchise? What are the implications from that?


It is not clear. It may be the competition in markets authority


takes an interest but the key competition is not between Great


Western Railway and South West trains, it is much more about


competition between railways the car and there. There has been talk of


?1.2 billion of investment today. How much of that do you think we are


likely to see in the bit from Exeter up? I suspect very little. The


reality is the vast majority of passengers travel into London from


much closer, so that is where you spend the money, but the Southwest


receives little transport money, joint lowest in England and the


question must be asked, when are we going to get our fair share? If this


is the statement, we may have some problems in the Southwest in years


to come. You are in Cornwall tonight and we have had the concerns from


passages that they do not benefit from this. When can passengers in


Cornwall expect to see the much promised faster journey time is up


from Penzance to the capital on the mainline? I guess it may be the case


that when the new hybrid diesel electric trains coming from next


year we might see some journey times then, but the reality is unless you


want to spend billions, shortening journey times between Cornwall and


London will cost a fortune and the money is not there. In the real


world, journey times for state, four, five hours from London to


Penzance with little improvement is any time soon. Thank you very much


for joining us. Now a brief roundup of other stories


making the news in the South West. The case of a young mother,


who was killed by a speeding driver in a head-on crash near Bodmin,


was heard at Truro Sabrina Bellman, who was on holiday


from Hampshire, was on her way home from a Christmas pantomime


with her family when 31-year-old Daniel Smith, from St Teath,


hit them on Boxing Day in 2015. He's admitted causing death


by careless driving, The trial began today of a Plymouth


soldier accused of stabbing 26-year-old Jay Nava


of the Royal Citadel is charged with murdering 26-year-old


Natasha Wake in The court heard Natasha was stabbed


after she discovered he was being investigated


for a sexual offence. Four small banks in Devon


are closing this week, because they say they're getting


fewer customers through the door Lloyds is shutting its branches


in Dartmouth, Salcombe, It's starting a new mobile service


in the areas affected. Work starts tonight on a ?250,000


scheme to install average speed cameras on the A38 and A380


at Splatford Split, near Exeter. Highways England says the cameras


along a two and a half mile stretch of the eastbound carriageway


will improve safety. Cornwall had a record year


for tourists last year, according to a report out today,


with Tintagel Castle among the UK attractions


with the biggest rise in visitors. The Association of Leading Visitor


Attractions says the castle had nearly 230,000 visits,


that's a rise of 19 %. "Unacceptable abuse",


that's what NHS managers in Devon, involved in controversial proposed


cuts to health services, are facing, according to one local health


commissioning group. The New Devon CCG claims senior


staff are being verbally abused at public meetings and in the street


and that some online comments use language


that is physically threatening. There is no doubt people


feel strongly about In North Devon, even


the clergy are speaking out. But it has been claimed that passion


and opinion in some circumstances We are seeing online


postings of threatening Staff are experiencing abuse


and threatening behaviour in public meetings and much more worrying


really, staff are being verbally abused when they are going


about their business, in the street, when they are not


on work time and I think At the end of this meeting,


local NHS chief executive Alison Diamond had to be escorted


out of the building by the police. There is no suggestion people


shown here were abusive. But there is also concern about some


online comments with social media posts like this one that show


individual members of NHS management under the headline,


"Not wanted by the public." One comment on the same site says


an NHS manager has "a face One campaigner from


Save Our Hospital Services says We would abhor any sort of violence


or threats to other human beings. We have many visitors


to our page, 11,000 in all. We cannot be responsible for those


people who want to put on things perhaps many of us,


most of us would not approve of. No crimes have been reported,


but the CCG says it is getting advice from police about what to do


if things get worse. Beavers could be the answer


to our flooding problems. It's one solution based on fact


thanks to a six-year secret trial in Devon which has proved


the animals' natural It could save millions of pounds


on other high-tech solutions, and as Adrian Campbell reports,


in a region which has suffered its fair share


of flooding over the years, the results make for


interesting conclusions. The return of beavers


to the River Otter in East Devon has But in another part of Devon,


at a secret location sealed off by electric fencing,


another group of beavers The results of their hard work over


the past six years can There has been a dramatic change


in the landscape where they have been living and working,


with the creation of a network This is one of 13 dams along a 200


metre stretch of this watercourse and you can see there is evidence of


recent activity here by the beavers. When you look closely you can see


how big and deep V stands are becoming. Research is from the


University of Exeter have been monitoring the way the beavers have


changed the watercourse. The black lines represent the new dams and the


area of blue our new pools. You can see that damn that runs along the


face there. Mark Elliott says this project has shown how beavers can


provide cost-effective flood defences. When water surges in


during a flood, those palms and the dams hold the water back and it


comes back here much slower as the dams are slowing the flow of flood


water. It can only help to reduce the speed of flood water coming down


into the communities that live in the lower part of the catchment. The


University of Exeter's data shows flooding can be slowed by beavers.


The chopping down of trees and building of dams seems to work.


Conservationists are keen to persuade politicians that areas of


flooding might benefit from this type of natural engineering.


David's here with the weather later and he's making the most


Not that way, this way. We find out about the exciting future of


bounty's and. And join me as we try to identify how many types of


daffodils there are on the tame are badly.


It's time for the sport now - and there was a lot


Just three wins from their last seven games is all Plymouth Argyle


need to guarantee promotion from League Two.


Victory over league leaders Doncaster has also thrown the title


Exeter City are one of the teams in the chasing pack


and they produced an incredible late comeback in the South West


derby with Yeovil, as Andy Birkett reports.


The childhood friendship between Darren Ferguson


and Derek Adams was put on hold when their teams met on Sunday,


and the home side being denied an early penalty did nothing


to improve the atmosphere in the dugout.


Then it was down to skipper Luke McCormick to keep denying them.


First, a reaction save from close range.


Then more of a team effort to clear this shot off the line.


It's not the number of chances you create that people remember.


It's the number of chances you take and Argyle took theirs.


Sonny Bradley left unmarked at the back post and his bullet


There was some more nervy moments, but the defence held firm.


The only thing to hit the back of the Argyle


The win narrows the gap at the top to three points,


but more importantly it means the gap between them


You've got to be a bit careful about ccelebrating too early.


As Yeovil found out at St James Park.


It took an hour for this match to come alive and before


the Glovers move it, they were two up.


You could be forgiven for thinking it was all over.


However, on the stroke of full-time the unthinkable happened.


In just 238 seconds, Exeter scored three goals.


It probably took radio Devon's Alan Richardson a little bit


longer to get his heart rate back down.


The shot has latched onto the post and into the back of the net


and City do get one back very late on.


They've committed everybody forward for this corner.


And it's a header and City has another one!


It is Exeter City's 3, Yeovil Town 3.


That result has kept Exeter City in the last of the play-off


Who knows how important that point might be at the end of the season.


The Exeter Chiefs staged a decent comeback to beat


The win boosts their hopes of securing a home semifinal


Despite an early Kai Horstmann try, the Chiefs found themselves 14


Then Luke Cowan-Dickie, Olly Woodburn and Don Armand crossed


Conditions at Sandy Park were blustery and played their part.


For a while, Exeter were level on points with leaders Wasps,


but are still in second place after Wasps won yesterday.


There are four games left, so their destiny


And all our other rugby sides won too, so well done


to The Cornish Pirates, Jersey and Plymouth Albion.


The Plymouth Raiders came out on top of a game that has huge implications


They brought south-west rivals Bristol Flyers down to earth


They needed to bounce back from last weekend's trophy final defeat


and did it in style in front of a home crowd at the Pavilions.


A win for Bristol would have put the two teams level in the league,


but it's the Raiders who pull away from their rivals with the important


Getting to the business end of everyone's season now -


All to play for. Exactly. I hope Alan Richardson is resting his


voice! Now, you may remember a while ago


we spoke with international professional sailor Conrad Humphreys


about his epic 4,000 mile He had been part of the TV series


Mutiny, which recreated the conditions of Captain Bligh's


crew as they were Now, as the series comes to an end,


Johnny Rutherford has been discovering what the replica boat,


now belonging to Conrad, More to starboard. Are you sure?


Come on. When are you going to let me have it out on the water? Who


survived in this? It is remarkable when you stand here and think, seven


metres long, nine of us, a metre of space each, this is what we lived on


for 60 days. And the rough sea conditions matched Captain Bligh's


journey. Nine men crammed into this boat as part of a reality TV series.


Conrad Humphreys now owns the vessel. Get in and have a sleep.


This is where I would have been sleeping. Pull yourself in. You lie


down like that, feet that end. And there were certainly plenty of


waves. Surviving on the same small rations as Captain Bligh's crew,


Conrad and his team struggled. The hardest thing was dehydration. Paul


the barn out. We planned on two litres a day but by the end we were


down to half a litre a day. You survived but what are you going to


do with the boat? IM with the bounty project and the idea is to put it


back on the water with young, disadvantaged and disabled children.


A chance to experience a little bit of Captain Bligh magic. You can also


go off and visit schools. That includes talks this week at Exeter


and Plymouth universities. From the South Pacific to the seas of the


Southwest. Now, do you know the difference


between your paperwhites, Well, they're all different types


of daffodils and a group of volunteers in the Tamar Valley


have been taught how It's all part of the Heralds


of Spring project and as Heidi Davey's been finding


out, the group have been using their new skills to record


the different varieties. There are thousands of different


types of daffodils, but trying to find out what thrives where,


that is the tricky bit. Thanks to funding from


the Heritage Lottery, a survey is now underway


in the Tamar Valley to look People don't necessarily need


to know what they are. As long as we can photograph them


and we can get the measurements and the total colours


and everything, then we can go to a local expert who has more


of an idea of what they all are. We were saying earlier that these


could date back 30-odd years, We have one local landowner


who thinks there are over 60 varieties on his land and,


of course, they were grubbed up And for the volunteers,


it has been back to the classroom to learn how they can help preserve


this area of outstanding I wanted to find out more


about them and particularly We are trying to find older ones,


so bit by bit, we're learning which are the modern-looking ones,


which are the older-looking ones. That particularly has


a lovely long trumpet. And the petals as well,


the way they are starred. It is those beautiful


characteristics that make daffodils just so popular over the centuries,


summed up best, of course, "I wandered lonely as a cloud, that


floats on high over vales and hills, "when all at once I saw a crowd,


a host of golden daffodils." Gorgeous! Beautiful! A real sign of


spring. Because it does feel like spring, we thought we would elevate


David to the roof of the studios. Good evening. You are not seeing me


right now because we thought we would show you the view out towards


Plymouth. It is a bit bracing up here, there is a cold wind from the


East but the sunshine has been glorious today and we have had


temperatures of 16, 17 degrees. This is from one side of Plymouth Sound.


This is from the other leg and we have had some lovely sunshine today.


That sunshine is pretty hazy, there has been quite thick haze right


across the Southwest and there is a fair amount of medium and high level


cloud coming into night but for many of us, a lovely end to the day. The


forecast for the next couple of days is to see a bit of a change. These


were the scenes from earlier today, down in Cornwall where we had some


Boreas sunshine. Some lovely sunshine across other parts of


Cornwall, into Devon. The sunshine continues to be pretty good for the


last hour before the sun sets, but overnight tonight we will see more


cloud coming up from the south and the sunshine is bringing out the


flowers. This week it is unsettled. There will be some showers dotted


around and towards the end of the week, it will turn colder. The veil


of cloud that is approaching from the West, it is a long way off and


it will get closer through the night to come, introducing more cloud. A


week weather front will drift past us, a few showers associated with


that, right conditions in the afternoon tomorrow but by Wednesday


and Thursday, more unsettled conditions. Winds from the Southwest


and the chance of outbreaks of rain. Until the cold front goes through on


Friday, some warmth still with us as well. You can see most of us have


been unbroken sunshine today and that continues this evening and


through the night to come, until the end of the night when more cloud


will arrive in the West and that might be capable of producing a few


showers. Overnight temperatures of five or 6 degrees across parts of


Somerset and Dorset, most of us holding up at 7 degrees. A few


showers in the morning but brighter tomorrow afternoon. Temperatures up


to 15, 16 degrees. For the Isles of Scilly, there is thick cloud capable


of producing a few spots of rain especially during the latter part of


the day. There are our times of high water. Those times are in British


summer Time and for our surface, the north coast will be rather choppy.


We are seeing some choppy sea conditions developing and the winds


increase and they could be well backed up to a force five or six.


Some warmth still until we get to the end of the week when we start to


see a few showers, especially on Friday and into Saturday. From the


roof here, back to that one studio. Thank you, David. It looks very nice


there. Nice to end the programme with lighter evenings. From all of


us here, good night.


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