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  1. Updates for Monday 12 January 2015

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live for today. Andy Dangerfield will be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across London.

Heavy rain in places

Tonight will be

cloudy with outbreaks of rain, perhaps turning heavy in places.

Minimum temperature: 7C.

Crossrail tunnelling progress

Andy Dangerfield

BBC News Online

Crossrail's major tunnelling works will be complete this spring, with the focus shifting towards fit-out and implementing railway systems within the tunnels and stations.

Here's a photo from when I visited the tunnelling near to Liverpool Street station in the autumn.

Application of a concrete layer during the Crossrail tunnel construction under Finsbury Circus, London
Emma Lynch/BBC

The programme is now over 60% complete,

Crossrail says.

On air

BBC London News

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Coming up on BBC London's teatime news bulletin: the mayor is criticised for planning to sell off fire stations for millions of pounds below their market value.

And big changes at London Bridge - as from today some trains will not be stopping at the station for 18 months.

Join Riz Lateef and the BBC London News team

at 18:30 on BBC One.

Bus strike advice

Transport for London (TfL) is advising bus passengers to

check its website for the latest information as some services are expected to be disrupted by strike action.

Shop fronts makeover

More than 40 shop fronts in

London Road, in Croydon, are to have a makeover as improvement works to the area continue.

London Road
croydon

These are part of a £3.2m project to revitalise the area, which have so far included more than 1,000m of pavement repaved with high-quality slabs, improved parking bays and new trees on the west side of London Road.

#JeSuisCharlie 'poor judgement'

A London hotel chain has apologised for "poor judgement" after using the #JeSuisCharlie hashtag in a Facebook post promoting its soon-to-open Paris branch.

The post by The Hoxton showed two rendering images of the venue due to open next year in the French capital along with #jesuischarile - a misspelling of the hashtag widely used to show solidarity with victims of last week's fatal attacks.

London's men's fashion show

Cowboy boots and leather trousers may be all the rage next autumn and winter according to photos from The British Fashion Council's London Collections: Men.

Here's a snap of models on the catwalk during the Xander Zhou show earlier.

Models on the catwalk during the Xander Zhou show
Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Van "explodes" in Hackney

A workman is fighting for his life in hospital with "serious burn injuries" after a van exploded into flames and set fire to a shop on Mare Street,

Hackney Citizen reports.

The van caught fire just after midday yesterday and the blaze quickly spread to the ground floor of a nearby off licence, the news website says.

Bus strike

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On Drivetime with Eddie Nestor: serious disruption is expected on bus routes tomorrow as bus drivers walkout on strike for 24 hours. Just 45 out of London's 674 bus routes will be operating normally.

Why are bus drivers, who are members of the Unite union, striking?

Listen to

BBC London 94.9 to find out more.

Police probe into 'shots fired' at car

Police are investigating whether a car was shot at before it collided with a tree, killing the driver.

Old Kent Road junction with Albany Road
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The Black Audi RS4 hit the tree on Old Kent Road near the junction with Albany Road at about 02:27 yesterday

and burst into flames.

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On the 17:00 bulletin: Network Rail has blamed the post-Christmas chaos around London on poor decision making, broken equipment and a feeble back-up plan.

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BBC London 94.9 to find out more

London Bridge 'wakeup call'

Commenting on this morning's travel problems at London Bridge Station, London Assembly Labour member Val Shawcross said: "Last week's scenes at London Bridge should have been a clear wakeup call for Network Rail.

"Despite those warnings many commuters have faced yet more disruption on their commute to work this morning."

'Bad planning' led to rail disruption

Following a report by Network Rail into the Christmas disruption to rail travellers at London stations, Anthony Smith, chief executive

of the rail customer watchdog Passenger Focus, said: "There was no reliable Plan B at King's Cross, so Finsbury Park was pressed into action.

Finsbury Park
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"At Paddington confusion reigned. Overall few staff were around, information was patchy at best and no-one seemed in overall control."

2015 murders

Guy Smith

BBC London's Home Affairs Correspondent

There have been nine murder victims in London so far this year - three of them teenagers. In January last year there were four murders.

Last year the

murder rate in the capital was the lowest in 40 years.

Chelsea set to prevent Cahill at meeting

BBC Sport

Chelsea are likely to prevent defender Gary Cahill from attending an England meeting this month,

BBC Sport understands.

Gary Cahill on England duty
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The players will meet at St George's Park, probably on a Thursday, to discuss the 2015 schedule.

Chelsea are thought to be opposed to the idea because they play Liverpool in a two-legged League Cup semi-final on Tuesday 20 and 27 January.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

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The top story at 16:00 is: A post mortem examination's being carried out this afternoon on a man who was found dead in a burning car that had crashed into a tree.

Listen to

BBC London 94.9 to find out more.

'No punches pulled'

Tom Edwards

Transport correspondent, London

The report into Christmas disruption to rail travellers

doesn't pull any punches. It's pretty damning and certainly gives the impression Network Rail is trying to draw a line under this issue and learn the lessons and move on.

The report spells out how seemingly small delays can quickly snowball.

Shoreditch skyscrapers

Andy Dangerfield

BBC News Online

The Victorian Society has objected to proposals which include towers of

up to 48-storeys at Bishopsgate Goodsyard in Shoreditch.

The society says it constitutes "gross overdevelopment" which would cause "substantial harm" to the setting of listed buildings and conservation areas.

Do you think Shoreditch is a suitable area for skyscrapers? Email

london.locallive@bbc.co.uk

Ebola nurse 'no longer critical'

Pauline Cafferkey
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UK nurse Pauline Cafferkey is no longer critically ill with Ebola, London's Royal Free Hospital says.

In a statement, the hospital said she was "showing signs of improvement".

Ms Cafferkey, from Glasgow, was diagnosed with Ebola in December after returning from Sierra Leone. It was announced she was in a critical condition on 4 January.

Police investigate if car was shot at

Following reports that a driver was found dead when his car collided with a tree and caught fire,

Det Insp Dave Reid said: "One line of enquiry, which we are unable to confirm until those tests are complete, is that the holes were caused by shots being fired at the car.

"I would appeal for anyone who saw a Black Audi RS4 car being driven early that morning around that area or along the Old Kent Road to contact us," he added.

Millwall manager looks for further signings

BBC Sport

Millwall manager Ian Holloway plans to strengthen his squad further before the transfer window closes

in a bid to avoid relegation from the Championship.

Ian Holloway
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Holloway led Millwall to survival last season after an eight-match unbeaten run at the end of the campaign

"I am going to endeavour to get a bit more confidence in the group by bringing some other players in to help them,"

he told BBC London 94.9.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

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Our top local story this hour:

Network Rail has just published a report into what went wrong when engineering work over-ran after Boxing day.

Old Oak Common

The

report goes on to cover problems at Old Oak Common on 27 December:

"Signalling testing for Old Oak Common and the main lines was reported as complete at 03:30 on Saturday 27 December by Signalling Solutions Limited (SSL), who are one of Network Rail's appointed signalling framework suppliers.

"At this point, the project appeared to be on time to open the railway lines as planned at 07:00 to allow passenger services to commence. As it turned out, this reporting was inaccurate."

Christmas rail chaos report

The report, by Dr Francis Paonessa of Network Rail, revealed a contingency plan to use Finsbury Park to start and end all services 'failed' due to poor communication between Network Rail and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), which manages Finsbury Park station.

Network Rail report

The severe delays and problems at King's Cross/Holloway Junction included:

  • Failure of new equipment to carry out the engineering work caused the project to slip by six hours by Christmas Day evening
  • Overnight, the physical project works fell out of sync with the logistics plan for the engineering trains and crews
  • Progress 'fell to a crawl' as train drivers reached maximum shift length limits and trains were left out of position to support the work
  • By Boxing Day, the project had fallen 15 hours behind

'We let passengers down'

Crowds of people outside barricaded entrance to Finsbury Park train station
Jonathan Nicholls
Chaotic scenes at Finsbury Park where services were diverted

A report into the mass disrption at King's Cross and Paddington on 27 December

has been published today.

Thousands of passengers using services at both stations, many of whom were travelling home after visiting friends and family, suffered severe delays and disruption.

Mark Carne, chief executive, said: "A number of things went wrong in these two instances. In addition it is clear that our project back-up plans and the train service plans should have done a much better job in protecting the travelling public from our engineering problems.

"Over Christmas, we undertook the biggest programme of engineering and investment work ever, on train lines across the country. 99% went to plan but in the case of King's Cross and Paddington we let passengers down.

"I sincerely apologise for the disruption over the festive period and we are determined to learn the lessons so that we can continue to make the improvements the travelling public deserve."

Digitally enhancing your commute?

Andy Dangerfield

BBC News Online

Wearables, hearables, nearables and payables will be some of the buzzwords of 2015 as the mobile revolution takes the next great leap,

according to a report from digital strategist Nic Newman.

What do you think 2015's digital trends will be? Will you be adopting any new technology to enhance your commute?

Email

london.locallive@bbc.co.uk

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

The top story at 14:00 is: the man charged with the murder of an 18-year-old in Wood Green on Friday has been remanded in custody and will appear at the Old Bailey on Wednesday.

To find out more,

listen live.

Record year for airports

Aeroplane
BBC

Britain's two biggest airports were busier than ever in 2014.

Heathrow's passenger numbers last year rose 1.4% to a record 73.4 million, while a total of 38.12 million were handled at
Gatwick - a 7.6% increase on 2013 and also an all-time high.

Rain forecast

This afternoon will be cloudy and mild, but also windy. There will be outbreaks of light rain and drizzle and these may become heavy at times and more persistent later.

Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

Lunchtime news

BBC London News

TV

On BBC London's lunchtime bulletin: thousands more passengers face their first day of disruption because of

work at London Bridge Station.

But there's better news for other commuters, as part of Tottenham Court Road station reopens.

Join Asad Ahmad and the BBC London News team at

13:30 on BBC One.

Arsenal striker close to Wolves move

BBC Sport

Wolves have agreed a fee with Arsenal

to sign striker Benik Afobe.

Benik Afobe
Getty Images

The 21-year-old has scored 19 goals this campaign while on a season-long loan at MK Dons.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

On the

13:00 bulletin: Network Rail says the industry is reviewing when engineering work takes place, following the chaos at King's Cross two days after Christmas.

Listen to

BBC London 94.9 to find out more.

Riverside search

A woman seen in the Thames on Saturday morning was found safe and well at her home after emergency services launched a major operation along Richmond Riverside to find her,

Your Local Guardian reports.

New Tube ticket hall

Tottenham Court Road station's new ticket hall has opened, with improvements

including a new entrance on Oxford Street.

However, Central line trains are not stopping there until December while other work at the station goes on.

Surge in cross-border travel

Virgin Trains has reported a surge in cross-border rail travel

following investment in additional seating capacity.

Virgin Pendolino train
PA

The West Coast Main Line operator said passenger numbers on its Anglo-Scottish services rose by 11% last year, with its trains accounting for more than a fifth of journeys made between Glasgow and London.

Borough High Street motorcyclist dies

Andy Dangerfield

BBC News Online

A male motorcyclist has died in a collision with a van on Borough High Street,

Scotland Yard has confirmed.

Police were called to reports of a collision between a motorcyclist and a van at 08:10. The van driver stopped at the scene.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9

Radio

On the 12:00 bulletin: a motorcyclist's been killed following a collision with a lorry outside Borough Tube station.

Tune into

BBC London 94.9 to find out more.