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Engineers build 7km wall in battle against climate change

It was almost three years ago to the day that many residents in an area of Shoreham-by-Sea found themselves mopping up flood water. Now work's underway on a multi-million pound flood defence scheme for the town.

The ambitious plan includes building a seven kilometre barrier along the River Adur.

The project began just a few weeks ago - and today the Secretary of State for the Environment went to see how it's progressing.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Andrea Leadsom MP, flood victim Lucy Gabriel and Dave Robinson of the Environment Agency.

Reading Bus release statement following fatal collision

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Reading Bus have released a statement following a fatal collision on Oxford Road in Reading this afternoon:

"Early indications from the police were that they are not treating the accident as the fault of the bus driver, but they are continuing to investigate the cause.

"The bus was struck at the rear nearside, none of the casualties were customers on the bus.There were 15-20 people on the bus at the time.

"The bus driver is being looked after by our support team ."

– Reading Bus spokesman


Southern Railways LOSE High Court bid to avert strike action

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Commuters in Sussex and Kent fear the all-out strike by train drivers next week, is now certain to go ahead after the High Court in London ruled that the proposed industrial action by the drivers' union Aslef, WAS legal.

It means that - as well as the RMT dispute by the conductors - drivers will walk out on Tuesday - and that could prevent every train on the Southern network in Kent and Sussex from running.

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Members of Aslef are due to walk out for three days next week and six days in January in a dispute over driver-only trains, which will halt all Southern services and affect hundreds of thousands of passengers.

French-owned Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) argued that the action, which is lawful under English domestic law, would unlawfully restrict freedom of movement provisions under EU law.

But this afternoon, judge Sir Michael Burton refused to grant an injunction blocking what GTR called "unprecedented" strike action.

A spokesman for Southern said: "Naturally we're disappointed with today's decision. We will now immediately review matters with our legal team."

The judge granted GTR permission to appeal.


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