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Huge improvement scheme opens at Gatwick

Gatwick has opened its biggest ever improvement scheme. Around £186 million has been spent on its Pier 1 development that provides new bigger departure gates and a complete new baggage system for the South terminal.

The airport say it should cut delays and comes as new figures reveal a 5.8 per cent rise in passengers last month, and an all time record for an airport for a single runway. Gatwck saw over 41 million people come through the airport on the last year.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.


Peace talks expected in Southern rail dispute

Peace talks are likely next week Credit: ITV

Both sides in the Southern rail dispute are expected to hold peace talks next week.

The dispute is over changes to the role of the guard which has led to two strikes, affecting thousands of passengers.

Southern say they want to make guards more visible on trains. The union say it will mean guards losing duties that will put passenger safety at risk.

Fancy a pint Prime Minister?

The Prime Minister's been to the country's oldest brewery today - Shepherd Neame, in Faversham. It was a little early in the day for a picture opportunity with a pint. But it was a good time, he told workers there, to get ready to vote to stay inside the European Union. That vote's due in less than three week's time. Business is best served, said David Cameron, by the single market and the EU - not by leaving. But as our reporter Andrea Thomas found out outside the brewery, many voters still don't know which way to vote.

Southern and Gatwick Express win High Court injunction to stop strikes by drivers

Southern and Gatwick Express have faced strike acttion Credit: ITV

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) sought an injunction in the High Court over discrepancies in ASLEF’s ballot of drivers for industrial action. This afternoon, the court ruled in GTR’s favour.

A GTR spokesman said: “We are pleased that the Court has agreed with us and granted an injunction against the ASLEF ballot. This means that any industrial action the union was planning cannot now take place. This will come as a great relief to our passengers.

“Following this ruling, we now urge both RMT and ASLEF to return to the negotiating table."


Will 2,500 houses be built at Manston?

The new owners of the former Manston airport site told ITV Meridian today they are about to submit a 1000 page planning application to the council.

We know developers Stone Hill Park have grand plans for the land - that ceased being used as an airport two years ago.

They want to build 2500 new homes, a national hi-tech base for precision engineering companies, and state of the art sports facilities.

Today the billion pound project came a step closer, as John Ryall reports.

Report into tug boat accident highlights training issues

The scene of the accident in Southampton Water Credit: ITV

An investigation into the loss of a tug in Southampton Water has highlighted deficiencies in training.

At approximately 2007 on 30 March 2015, the mooring launch Asterix capsized while assisting the small chemical tanker Donizetti to manoeuvre from berth 6 at Fawley Marine Terminal, Southampton, UK. Asterix’s deckhand escaped from the upturned hull and was rescued promptly. However, the coxswain was trapped inside the partially flooded wheelhouse for more than an hour before the launch began to roll upright, when he was sighted and rescued. Asterix subsequently sank and, despite successful salvage, was later declared a constructive total loss. Both the coxswain and the deckhand were treated for shock and hypothermia but released from hospital within hours of the accident. There was neither material damage nor injury to personnel on Donizetti.


The MAIB investigation established that:

· Asterix’s coxswain was not advised that Donizetti was about to come ahead, and as the tanker increased speed he was unable to manoeuvre the mooring launch to run alongside it.

· Donizetti’s master, the pilot and Asterix’s coxswain did not share a common, detailed understanding of the plan, and once the operation commenced opportunities were missed for key information to be exchanged.

· Solent Towage Ltd’s risk assessments, procedural instructions and guidance, and in-house training relating to launch towing operations lacked the necessary detail to inform launch crews of the appropriate use of gog ropes as mitigation against girting.

· The launch crews did not drill sufficiently int he use of the manually operated towing hook emergency release under load conditions, so they were ill-prepared to apply the increased force required to operate the system when it was under tension.

Fatberg problem - Don't just throw it down the drain

This is what happens when fat is not disposed of properly

The water supplier Thames Water says it has finally found out why Oxford has such a big problem with 'fatbergs'.

When collating the results of a recent survey the firm found that around 80 percent of the city's restaurants were not using fat traps to stop oil and grease spilling into Oxford's sewers. Therefore, the fat collects in the sewer and drains below the city streets and creates the huge, solid deposits, otherwise known as fatbergs.

Earlier this year, a 20 tonne blockage was removed from one drain in the city centre. Kate Bunkall's report explains what happened. The interviewee is Alex Saunders from Thames Water.

Restaurant staff causing "fatbergs" plague

Lumps of hard, congealed fat can cause blockages in the sewer system Credit: PA

Restaurant staff in Oxford are causing a plague of "fatbergs" according to Thames Water.

The water company say 95% of food outlets in the city don't dispose of oil, fat and grease correctly. They are pouring it down the sink, causing more than twenty tonnes of waste to end up in Park End Street sewer each year.

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