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Cash could be offered to scrap old diesel cars

Two thousand pounds to trade in your old, polluting diesel car for a greener alternative. That's the deal the government is expected to announce in the next few days - in a bid to cut pollution and boost new car sales.

A 'toxin tax' - to be imposed on drivers entering high pollution zones - is also under consideration.

Environmentalists say Eastbourne and Maidstone are among the worst diesel pollution blackspots in the South East.

But the initiative has angered many motorists. And there's mounting pressure on the government to make the scrappage scheme universal, not selective. Malcolm Shaw reports.


Owners of diesel cars may be paid to trade them in

Owners of diesel cars may be paid to trade them in Credit: ITV

Owners of diesel cars in the most polluted parts of the country may be paid to trade them in as part of government air quality plans.

Proposals for the scrappage scheme are due to be published this week.

Last year Eastbourne was named in the top 10 of the UK's most polluted towns and cities in a report by the World Health Organisation. The scheme is being supported by Dover MP Charlie Elphicke.

New electric trains will operate from May

The first of a fleet of new overcrowding busting commuter trains for the Thames Valley will start running from Maidenhead to Paddington from May, it has just been announced. Reading and Didcot will follow in January. It is also confirmed the new Elizabeth line (Crossrail), with services direct to central London and the City from Reading, will run from the end of 2019. The new electric trains run by Great Western Railway could only travel to Hayes until now because the work needs to be completed on more of the line. It is part of the £2.8 billion upgrade of the Great Western line, the biggest ever of its type. Work to electrify the line to Maidenhead from Paddington, part of the Crossrail scheme, is now complete allowing the next stage of the electrification project to open. The new electric trains will have more seats and carriages to ease crowding. Work to electrify the lines to Newbury, Didcot, Swindon and Oxford as well the the routes to Bristol and Wales continue. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse was given exclusive access to see how work was progressing at Wantage in Oxfordshire.


First wind turbine erected off south coast in 'most significant landmark' for green energy

Its taken seven years of planning, development and construction, but this weekend the first of 116 wind turbines off the coast of Brighton touched the sky.

The entire project isn't due to come online until 2018 but, with the sun shining, residents have been given their first glimpse of what clean energy for more than 300,000 homes looks like.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Chris Tomlinson of the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.

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