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Planes will spend 2,000 hours more in air because of climate change - says Reading expert

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A new study by the University of Reading has found that planes flying between Europe and North America will spend more time in the air due to the effects of climate change.

An accelerating jet stream - the high-altitude wind blowing from west to east across the Atlantic - means eastbound flights will travel faster but slow down westbound flights.

It's thought the findings of the study could have major implications for airlines, passengers, and airports.

The study, led by Dr Paul Williams, an atmospheric scientist , calculates that transatlantic aircraft will spend an extra 2,000 hours in the air every year, adding millions of dollars to airline fuel costs and increasing the risk of delays.

The bad news for passengers is that westbound flights will be battling against stronger headwinds. The good news is that eastbound flights will be boosted by stronger tailwinds, but not enough to compensate for the longer westbound journeys. The net result is that roundtrip journeys will significantly lengthen.

– Dr Paul Williams, University of Reading

Cashless parking to begin in Reading

Drivers in Reading will be able to pay to park by mobile phone Credit: ITV Meridian

Drivers in Reading will no longer have to worry about carrying change with them to park.

A new cashless system is being introduced today - meaning motorists can pay by phone.

Optional alerts are then sent to residents when their time is due to expire.

"This is an additional way of paying for parking which takes away the worry of having the right coins in your pocket when you park in pay and display bays. It also allows people to top up their stay remotely, instead of returning to their car.

"Many drivers will already be familiar with the system, as it is widely used across the UK. I'd like to emphasise however, the option to pay by cash remains in place for those who prefer the traditional method."

– Councillor Tony Page, Reading Borough Council's Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport


Surgery under fire after doctors walk out

Wrong prescriptions, a lengthy wait to get an appointment and no continuity of care. Those are the criticisms, from patients about a doctor's surgery in Reading.

The crisis at Circuit Lane Surgery in Southcote was discussed at a public meeting last night - chaired by Reading West MP Alok Sharma.

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, which has temporarily taken over the surgery after all five GPs walked out, admitted its failings and apologised to patients.

Our reporter Mel Bloor was at the meeting and sends this.

Health bosses apologise over doctors surgery crisis

Patients are unhappy with the service at Circuit Lane Surgery in Southcote Credit: ITV Meridian

A doctors surgery in Reading where all 5 GPs resigned will now see upgrades.

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust apologised at a public meeting last night for problems at the Circuit Lane practice in Southcote.

It comes after patients complained about being given the wrong prescriptions and waiting for hours to get through to book an appointment.

A new telephone system will now be installed.

ITV Meridian spoke to Helen MacKenzie from Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.

Doctors resign: Public meeting over GP crisis

A public meeting is taking place tonight so patients can hear what is happening to their local GPs surgery in Reading, Berkshire.

Five GPs handed in their notices at the Circuit Lane surgery in Southcote following a recruitment crisis is 2014. All tendered their resignation because they were unable to recruit doctors to replace three retiring partners.

It has been run by Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust ever since.

Reading West MP Alok Sharma will chair the meeting giving patients the latest on developments at the surgery. It's taking place at St Matthew's Church at 7pm.

As well as Mr Sharma, the panel will include Dr Rod Smith, clinical lead for Circuit Lane Surgery, Helen Mackenzie, director of nursing and governance at BHFT, Dr Geoff Payne, medical director at NHS England, Shirley Edwards, primary care commissioning for the CCG at NHS England, Dr Barbara Barrie, governing body clinical lead at the CCG.

Lessons in teeth cleaning for Reading pupils

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Children in Reading are to be given lessons on how to look after their teeth. A four week programme of events is taking place to tackle tooth decay. Three hundred children under five will be given free toothbrushes and activity packs.

The youngsters who attend South Reading Children's Centre will be shown how to clean their teeth properly, learn how to avoid damaging their teeth and role play visiting the dentist.

South Reading Children's Centre is working with the council's Early Help Services and Public Health Berkshire to provide the programme. Each session has a theme which will include; helping make children's trips to the dentist more enjoyable, practice how to clean your teeth effectively, learn how much sugar is in our food and drinks and how bottles and dummies can harm children's teeth.

Councillor Jan Gavin, Reading's Lead Councillor for Children's Services, said: "It is important that children are taught how to look after their teeth from an early age and this programme of activities aims to do that in a fun way. I hope parents will also come along to these sessions as it's just as important they know how important good oral hygiene is, so they can lead by example."


CCTV images released following arson attack

Police want to speak to this man in connection with an arson in Reading Credit: Thames Valley Police

CCTV has beeen released by police investigating an arson at a tyre shop in Reading.

The blaze started at Low Cost Tyres in Craddock Road at 4:20 on the 16th of December. Nobody was injured.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with an arson in Reading Credit: Thames Valley Police

“If anyone has any information or recognises the person in the CCTV image please get in contact via 101.

“If you don’t want to speak to police you can contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”

– Investigating officer Det Con Sam Pricket of Criminal Investigation department based at Reading police station

Appeal following unexplained death

Police appealing for witnesses after the unexplained death of a man in Reading.

Officers were called to reports of man in the river in Reading, close to the Oracle at around 7:45am. Emergency services attended and the man was taken from the water to hospital where he sadly died.

His next of kin have been informed.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the man in the river or shortly before.

The man, from Reading, was in his sixties, medium build with balding dark hair.

He was wearing a dark jacket and dark jeans.

“I understand a number of people were in the area when the man was in the water. I would ask anyone who saw the man in the water or in the area shortly before to contact the Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.”

– Det Sgt Will Crowther from Reading police station

M4 to close for overnight roadworks

Part of the M4 will close for three nights for roadworks Credit: ITV Meridian

Drivers using the M4 near Reading are being warned of roadworks which will close the motorway for three nights from Wednesday.

A new bridge is being installed over the road as part of the construction of the new Shinfield Eastern Relief Road.

Diversions will be in place from 9pm until 6am.

Post-mortem examination reveals Reading death was suspicious

Thames Valley Police officers were called to an address in London Road, Reading, on Sunday 27th December at 4.20am by paramedics where a man had died.

The man has been formally identified as Bobir Esanov, 36, a Uzbekistan national who lived there at the time of his death.

The death was initially treated as unexplained but after a post-mortem examination a murder investigation was launched.

Senior Investigating Officer, Det Chief Insp Simon Steel, is today appealing for anyone with information to contact the investigation team.

DCI Steel said: “I would appeal to anyone who was in London Road between Liverpool Road and Manchester Road on Boxing Day evening into the early hours of the next day to contact us."

“The easiest way to contact us is to call 101, but you can also visit your nearest police station; the police station in Reading is situated in Castle Street.

Detectives say if callers would prefer not to speak directly to the police they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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