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  1. Updates from Tuesday 13 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Andy Dangerfield and Chirag Trivedi

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's it from the BBC's London Local Live service for today. Good luck if you're trying to avoid disruption caused by the bus strike on your commute home.

Duncan Smith will be here on Wednesday from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the capital.

In the meantime, for all the travel latest updates, tune into

BBC London 94.9 or follow
@BBCTravelAlert on Twitter.

Teatime bulletin

BBC London News


Tonight on BBC London News: All the latest on the bus strike and after a mini tornado damages a garage in west London, we'll have details of more disruptive weather coming our way.

Join Riz Lateef and the BBC London News team

at 18:30 on BBC One.

Cold with isolated wintry showers

Tonight will be breezy and cold with isolated wintry showers. Some snow possible, mainly over high ground such as Hampstead Heath.

Any clear periods will lead to some patchy frost and ice developing. Minimum temperature: -1C (30F).

Sports Show

Pete Stevens

Sport editor, BBC London

On the BBC London 94.9 Sports Show with Phil Parry from 19:00, you can hear full commentary on the FA Cup third replay between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham.

Kick off is at 19:45 and you can hear the game on

BBC London 94.9 and BBC London online.

Plus there will be reports and updates from the other replay between West Ham and Everton with full coverage on the

BBC London 94.9 website.

'Scrabbling to find excuses'

Tim Donovan

Political Editor, BBC London

The Liberal Democrats said it was "extraordinary" that London's mayor believed he could not find enough people to take up apprenticeships.

Lib Dem Assembly member Stephen Knight said: "The Mayor is now in the embarrassing situation of scrabbling around to find excuses."

Mayor could miss apprenticeship target

Tim Donovan

Political Editor, BBC London

London's mayor Boris Johnson has admitted he could fail to hit his target for apprenticeships in the capital because the economic climate is "so positive".

He says it will be a "challenge" to fulfil his promise of

seeing 250,000 apprentices created over his mayoral term.

The mayor insisted today it was because of a sharp fall in the number of NEETS - young people not in education, employment or training - and the drop in unemployment, meaning there was little demand.

Bus strike: Latest

Here are the latest statistics on buses running:

  • Total buses running - 1642
  • Total buses normally running - 5400
  • Percent of buses running - 30%
  • Routes not running - 273
  • Routes with one bus running - 31
  • Routes with some form of service - 357
  • Total routes affected by the strike - 630
  • Routes not affected by the strike - 44

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


At 17:00 the top story is: Nearly 400 of London's 674 bus routes have some service running this evening after a day of strike action by bus drivers.

Listen to BBC London 94.9 to find out more.

Harrow tornado

London Fire Brigade

tweets: First picture of badly damaged garage on Grafton Road in #Harrow caused by a tornado. Pic copyright of @sweetballs101

Tornado damage in Harrow

Which routes are running?

BBC London 94.9 travel reporter Rob Oxley says we're expecting a full update from TfL at 16:30 on which routes are and aren't running.

In the meantime

you can check by typing your bus route here.

'Tornado whizzed through'

On the tornado which hit Harrow earlier,

London Fire Brigade's Mark Ritson said: "The tornado whizzed through the area, some roof tiles were blown off and caused minor damage to properties and cars in nearby roads but fortunately nobody was injured."

Which area of London suits your personality?

The Daily Telegraph

How suited you are to a particular area could be more important than looking at crime figures, schools or housing prices when looking for a property in the capital,

the Daily Telegraph reports.

News on the Hour

BBC London 94.9


The top headline at 16:00: Fewer than a third of London's buses are running this morning as around 20,000 drivers at 70 different depots take strike action.

Listen to BBC London 94.9.

'Tornado whizzed through'

London Fire Brigade

tweets: "Tornado whizzed through #Harrow. By the time we turned up to the address it was blue sky and sunny again."
Read more.

'Supporting the strikers'

BBC London 94.9 reporter Anna O'Neoill

tweets: .@HackneyAbbott is here in Wood Green supporting the strikers @BBCLondon949

Andy Dangerfield

Like a scene from the Wizard of Oz

London Fire Brigade

tweets: Like a scene from the Wizard of Oz. Firefighters say the sky in #Harrow went black followed by thunder & lightening, hailstones & a tornado

Hackney routes affected

Every single route through Hackney is thought to be affected as drivers - who are members of the Unite union - strike over pay inequality,

reports the Hackney Gazette.

Bus strike latest

Keep across all the latest on the bus strike by following


Gallery experiments with 'fake' painting

Dulwich Picture Gallery has paid $120 (£79) to a Chinese studio to produce a copy of an Old Master painting, challenging visitors to spot the fake among its permanent collection.

Interior of Dulwich Picture Gallery
Robert Sanderson
Made in China: A Doug Fishbone Project opens on 10 February

Director Ian Dejardin said the experiment was "an intervention"

that questioned the significance and value of original art.

Tornado in Harrow

London Fire Brigade

tweets: We believe that a mini tornado has levelled a single storey garage & damaged cars on Grafton Road in #Harrow. Thankfully no one injured.

News on the Hour

BBC London News


On the 14:00 bulletin, our top story is: fewer than a third of London's buses are running this afternoon as thousands of drivers strike over pay.

Listen to

BBC London 94.9.

Gary Glitter trial adjourned

The trial of former pop star Gary Glitter, who is accused of a string of historic sex offences against three girls, has been adjourned.

The 70-year-old, whose real name is Paul Gadd, faces 10 charges relating to alleged crimes committed in the 1970s and early 1980s.

He appeared at Southwark Crown Court for the start of his three-week trial but Judge Alistair McCreath adjourned the case until tomorrow.

Mayor 'V sorry' about bus trike

London Mayor Boris Johnson

tweets: V sorry about bus strike disruption - running about 1/3 of services - but oyster usage at 88% across network which is better news

Train woes

Southern Trains has confirmed that none of its 07:29 Brighton to London Victoria trains had reached the capital at the scheduled time of 08:35.

It also said the train before it, the 07:14 Brighton to London, only got in on time on 1% of occasions, while the train after, the 07:44, was on time on only 2% of occasions.

'Significant' disruption

Transport for London says:

  • There is significant disruption, but around a third of buses currently running
  • Public transport passenger numbers remained at more than 80% of normal levels this morning
  • Passengers are advised to check
    TfL's buses website.

Record number apply for RideLondon

A record number of 86,001 eager cyclists have entered the ballot for a place in the

2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, part of London's festival of cycling.

Cyclists taking part in a 100-mile race from Surrey to London

The ballot will be drawn later this month with more than 25,000 riders are expected to participate in the third edition of the 100-mile ride on Sunday 2 August.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


On the 14:00 bulletin, our top story is: fewer than a third of London's buses are running this afternoon as thousands of drivers strike over pay.

Listen to

BBC London 94.9.

Crystal Palace bring in Yaya Sanogo

BBC Sport

Crystal Palace have signed Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo

on loan until the end of the season.

Yaya Sanogo

The 21-year-old becomes Eagles boss Alan Pardew's first signing since he left Newcastle to take charge of the club at the start of January.

'Single bus'

BBC London's travel reporter Rob Oxley says: "One of the routes with just a single bus running is the 29 which runs between Wood Green and Trafalgar Square."

Transport for London says it would normally have 35.

Temperatures to fall

This afternoon there will be sunny spells and scattered showers, some of which will be heavy at times and perhaps some hail and thunder.

Temperatures will fall through the day, and it will feel much colder by the evening. Maximum Temperature: 11C (52F).

Lunchtime News

BBC London News


On BBC London's lunchtime bulletin, we'll have all the latest on the impact of the bus strikes.

Join Victoria Hollins and the BBC London News team

at 13:30 on BBC One.

'Anger at picket line'

BBC London transport correspondent Tom Edwards

tweets: Lots of anger at Camberwell bus depot picket line.

Picket line
Andy Dangerfield

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The top headline at 13:00 is: Transport for London claim a third of London busses are still running this afternoon despite a 24-hour strike by bus drivers.

Tune into BBC London 94.9 to find out more.

Scene at Wood Green

BBC London 94.9's Anna O'Neill

tweets: #BusStrike this is the scene at Wood Green where some buses are still expected @BBCLondon949

wood green

'No service' on 330 routes

A total 330 London

bus routes are listed by TfL as having no service.

From the TfL countdown bus arrival data there are about 1,600 buses on the road.

'Reckless' violence at young offenders' institution

Dominic Casciani

Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

Feltham Young Offenders' Institution in west London is suffering "unpredictable and reckless" violence according to the

Prison Officers Association who spoke to
BBC Radio 4's File on 4.

A cell at Feltham

They warned that staff were constantly trying to keep apart boys from more than 40 gangs.

'Pay should be the same'

Andy Dangerfield

BBC News Online

Thanks for your comments on the bus strike.

Jane Moore said

commented on Facebook: Pay should be the same across the board. All bus drivers should get the same pay. So I support the strike.

Do you agree?

Have your say on our Facebook page.

News on the hour

BBC London 94.9


The top headline at 12:00: Fewer than a third of London's buses are running this morning as around 20,000 drivers at 70 different depots take strike action.

Listen to BBC London 94.9.

West Londoners 'should be taxed'

Newham's Mayor Sir Robin Wales has suggested, in Parliament, that it's not fair that people in wealthy west London do not pay to cross the Thames, whereas east London residents do.

Dartford Crossing
BBC news grab

There have been tolls at the Dartford Crossing since it opened with talk of possibly tolling the Blackwall Tunnel and any future new east London crossing.