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Victorian rail tunnel to be reused as part of Crossrail

A Victorian train tunnel that was left derelict has been given a new lease of life as part of Crossrail. The tunnel was built in 1878 and has not been in passenger use since 2006.

Work was required to deepen, strengthen and widen the structure and to remove 135 years of coal and soot from the bricks from the steam trains that originally used the tracks. Last summer, 13 million litres of water were drained from the dock that runs above the tunnel to allow Crossrail workers to access the structure from above.

The rail tunnel originally served the Royal Docks when they formed the largest enclosed docks in the world, serving large ships from all over the globe. It survived a hit from a bomb during WW2 and is the only existing tunnel that will be re-used for Crossrail.

Nearly half of working adults living at home 'can't afford to move out'

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Despite working, 48% of 20-to-34 year olds who live with their parents say this is because they can't afford to rent or buy their own home. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Despite working, 48% of 20-to-34 year olds who live with their parents say this is because they can't afford to rent or buy their own home, new Shelter research reveals.

A lack of affordable housing was the single biggest reason why so many young adults in England are unable to fly the nest, a YouGov poll commissioned by the charity found. Additional data from the Census, released to Shelter, showed there are 1.97 million working young adults living with their parents. This accounts for a quarter of all 20-to-34 year old working adults in England.

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London and its landmarks dominate perceptions of the UK

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The Queen's Guards passing Buckingham Palace on horse back during the Trooping of the Colour Credit: Albert Nieboer/DPA/Press Association Images

London and its landmarks dominate overseas perceptions of the UK new research by the British Council has found.

When asked to name a UK place of interest more than a third (35%) of young adults in Brazil, China, Germany, India and the USA named London, making it by far the most common response.

This was followed by three London landmarks: Big Ben (7%), Buckingham Palace (5%) and the British Museum (5%). The only other city in the top ten was Cambridge, in seventh place (1%). In total, around two thirds named London or one of its landmarks.

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Localised torrential storms in London and the South East

  • Great Dunmow in Essex recorded one of the highest rainfall totals as 43mm of rain fell in just one hour
  • However, 15 miles away, in Writtle in Essex, residents saw only 6mm over a 14-hour period
  • In Northolt, north-west London, 43.8mm of rain fell from 1am to 3pm
  • In Bexley, south east London, just 1.6mm of rain was recorded

A40 expected to fully reopen on Tuesday morning

Due to adverse weather earlier this morning the A40 remains closed in both directions between Swakeleys Roundabout and Hillingdon Circus.

It is currently expected to re-open tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.

Contractors are on site pumping the flood waters away and we are working hard to reopen the road as soon as possible.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this is causing to people’s journeys

– Transport for London

Drivers told to avoid the A40 at Hillingdon after floods

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