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New scheme to help disabled passengers

Thirty railway stations in London are launching a new scheme to help disabled passengers.

The six-month trial, called 'Turn Up and Go', aims to help people who need assistance without them having to book ahead.

Currently support needs to be organised 24 hours before travelling.

"Many disabled Londoners already go by rail without booking assistance but we know that many more would like the extra confidence that catching a train can be a spontaneous decision for them.

Rail services are now far more accessible than ever, and we are committed to continuing to make travel by train an attractive prospect for disabled people."

– David Sindall, Head of Disability & Inclusion for the Rail Delivery Group

One year since aquatic centre opens to the public

The London Aquatic Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Today marks one years since the London Aquatics Centre first opened to the public, following modifications after the 2012 Olympic Games.

Since 1st March 2014, the centre has hosted numerous high-profile events including the World Diving Series, the Invictus Games, Sport Relief and National Paralympics Day.

It is now home to the Tom Daley Diving Academy and served as a 2014 Commonwealth Games training base.

The centre received 640,000 visitors between 1st March and 31st December 2014. Since it opened to the public, nearly 3,000 young people have joined the London Aquatics Centre Swim School programme and 300 primary school pupils per week attend a new school swimming initiative at the centre.

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Right to buy sales out stripping demand

Right to Buy sales are set to outstrip supply of new council homes in London - new research has found. Across the capital, councils predict they will lose 1.5 council homes for every one they build.

Drawing on new data provided by London boroughs the report estimates that based on current development plans around 10,300 council homes will be completed over the decade to 2023/24, compared to an estimated 16,100 Right to Buy sales leaving almost 6,000 fewer council homes by 2023/24.

The London Assembly Labour data shows that London boroughs expect 1.5 council properties to be sold over the next ten years for every new home that will be built.

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