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Rail repairs after landslip will cost £5m

The landslip at Botley in Hampshire Credit: Meridian

Work to fully repair the biggest ever landslip in Britain, caused by the recent storms, will cost a total of £5 million. The train line at Botley in Hampshire reopened at the weekend.

Eighty metres of embankment collapsed causing a month of disruption for commuters in Winchester, Basingstoke, Farnborough and Basingstoke.

RSPB's fears over fracking in the South

Bird lovers have joined critics who want to stop plans for fracking in the Thames Valley. The wildlife charity the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds are concerned that drilling and habitat damage involved could harm wildlife.

The controversial process of splitting rock to release shale gas has already led to protests in Balcombe in Sussex where it has now been ruled out - but there are other potential sites including large parts of Oxfordshire.

Licences for fracking will be up for grabs later this year - in a 350 square mile area between Kidlington, Banbury and Bicester north of Oxford. Fred spoke to Harry Huyton from the RSPB.


Rail company compensates commuters after flooding

A typical scene during the floods in the Thames Valley. Credit: Guy Phillips

Thousands of rail commuters in the Thames Valley will be given five days' compensation for the recent chaos caused by flooding, ITV Meridian can reveal. Under government rules bad weather is usually exempt from compensation payments.

However, First Great Western say 'it is only fair' after a period when so many services were cancelled. Flooding at Maidenhead meant lines were closed which hit services into Paddington.

The compensation will be paid to season ticket holders when they renew tickets or they will be able to have a cash payment.

Rolls Royce's new £200,000 luxury car winner

Today at the 2014 Geneva Salon, Sussex-based Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveiled Ghost Series II - they also unveiled at the factory near Chichester to ITV Meridian. They say the Ghost Series II delivers the latest industry-leading technology from Rolls-Royce clad in a subtle re-design.

Rolls Royce believes the launch of Ghost Series II consolidates its position as the most popular car in the €200,000+ class, and as a cornerstone of Rolls-Royce’s continuing success. Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Torsten Müller-Ötvös said:

The Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II is the ultimate entrepreneur’s business tool. Following the worldwide success of its predecessor, I am confident that this re-designed and updated Rolls-Royce will continue to attract increasing numbers of new customers to the marque, in particular business entrepreneurs seeking an oasis of calm in a frenetic business world.

– Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars,
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