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'Ghost bus' makes its final journey after four 'pointless' years

The ghost bus makes its final journey after four years, dubbed one of the most pointless transport services in the country.

More passengers than usual were on board for its final journey today

The once-weekly 'rail replacement' bus between Ealing Broadway and Wandsworth Road.

The service was put on to "replace" a train service between Birmingham and Brighton which ceased in December 2008, leaving two short sections of track in West London with no scheduled train services.

The bus makes its final journey from Ealing Broadway to Wandsworth Road

What seems as a move to avoid the hassle of a formal closure process, and to allow officials to argue that the train line had remained open and avoid a public consultation on closing unused sections of track, this completely useless token weekly bus was put on at a cost to taxpayers of £500 a week.

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Government says 'ghost bus service' not value for money

“The previous Government chose to require the operation of a rail replacement bus service between Ealing Broadway and Wandsworth Road rather than going through the full service closure process.

“After a detailed review of the situation, the Department concluded the service did not offer value for money for the taxpayer and has since gone through the necessary consultation process to allow its closure.”

– Department for Transport spokesperson

Wandsworth telegraph pole victim identified

Nick Fletcher was knocked unconscious by the pole in high winds.

A man from Wandsworth who's critically ill in hospital after being hit by a falling telegraph pole has been named as Nick Fletcher.

The 27 year old was only yards from home on Monday evening when high winds brought the pole down, knocking him unconscious.

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Man charged with boy's stab murder

The scene in Wandsworth where a 16-year-old was found dead in a stairwell of a block of flats Credit: ITN

A man has been charged with the murder of a 16-year-old boy who was found stabbed to death in a stairwell, police said tonight.

Peter Hagan was pronounced dead after being discovered on the ground floor of the block in Wandsworth, south west London, at 1.30am on Sunday following a party.

Romell Martin, 21, of Fairgreen Road, Thornton Heath, south London, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court tomorrow charged with his murder.

Peter was found at Albon House in Neville Gill Close, Wandsworth. A post-mortem examination is yet to take place.

The Metropolitan Police said eight other people were bailed after being arrested over the incident.

Meals on Wheels 'under threat'

A service that originated during the war could be under threat.

One London Council wants to change Meals on Wheels and instead give those who rely on the service more flexibility and choice.

But the plan is not going down well with residents of one London borough, as Ria Chatterjee reports.

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