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    Severe disruption: M4 London eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 London eastbound severe disruption, at J3 for A312 The Parkway Hayes.

    M4 London - M4 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow eastbound at J3, A312 (Hayes), because of a break down.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  2. Meridian Water gets cash for infrastructure

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A new development has been awarded £156m from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to build road and rail links to a Upper Edmonton site, which is set to provide 10,000 homes.

    CGI of new railway station

    Chancellor Sajid Javid announced the investment as part of a £600m package to support new homes in high-demand areas.

    The money will be used to bring a high-frequency rail service to Meridian Water Station, which will be served by eight trains an hour during peak times.

    Work will include the construction of a fourth platform and a new section of track between Tottenham Hale and Meridian Water.

    The £6b Meridian Water scheme suffered a series of setbacks since the masterplan was unveiled by the council in 2013 and will now be built by several small developers.

  3. Further arrest in Brixton teen murder

    A second 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of 18-year-old Solomon Small.

    Police cordon

    Detectives continue to investigate his death on Thursday, 15 August.

    Mr Small was stabbed in Corrance Road, SW2, and pronounced dead by paramedics at 14:41 BST.

    A post-mortem examination on Friday gave the cause of death as an incised wound to the chest, consistent with a knife.

    Meanwhile a 17-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of murder on Thursday, 15 August has been bailed to return to court in mid-September.

  4. #GreaterLondoner: Alisha Malhotra, 29

    BBC London

    Alisha Malhotra

    I had a stroke when I was 26 years old.

    It was an absolute shock and my life completely changed.

    It left me with a language disorder called aphasia, which makes it difficult to to express the words you want to say.

    I was a primary school teacher before. It was my dream job.

    I had to start from scratch. Learning to read, write and speak.

    I couldn’t even say my own name.

    Now I’m trying to reach out and raise awareness about aphasia.

    I want other people going through the same thing to realise they shouldn’t be shy, scared or nervous.

    You’re not alone and it takes time to recover.

    I’m volunteering at the Stroke Association to speak with others about their journey, what they’re feeling and what they’re struggling with.

    We help each other reach our goals one step at a time.

    I volunteer with children at nursery school and at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

    It inspires me to see how brave the parents and children are.

    I don’t believe in giving up on life.

    Time is a healer.

    Alisha Malhotra, 29, Harrow

    If you know of someone that deserves to be featured as one of our Greater Londoners you can nominate them.

    Simply send us an email a with a brief message telling us why or message us on Instagram @BBCLondonPeople.

  5. Engineering works to shut King's Cross this weekend

    This Saturday and Sunday, London King's Cross station will be closed for planned engineering works as part of the East Coast upgrade, with passengers warned not to travel to the terminus.

    As part of the works, no trains will run in either direction between:

    • Peterborough and London King's Cross / London St Pancras
    • Cambridge and London King's Cross / London St Pancras
    • Hertford North and Moorgate

    Train companies which usually operate services from the station will be affected in the following ways:

    • No Thameslink service between Peterborough/Cambridge and London
    • A very limited LNER service from Scotland and the north of England to Peterborough
    • No Grand Central trains
    • A very limited service on Hull Trains
    • Great Northern trains will run only between Cambridge and Kings Lynn

    Passengers have been warned that alternative routes will be very busy as a result, while there will only be a limited bus service operating between:

    • Peterborough and Bedford (for onward travel to London St Pancras using a Thameslink train)
    • Peterborough and Hitchin
    • Hitchin and Potters Bar
    • Letchworth Garden City and Cambridge
    • Stevenage and Enfield Chase

    Some trains will run from King's Cross on Monday but there will be a reduced service.

    Check the National Rail Enquiries journey planner to find out more about how journeys are affected.

  6. Rules change to protect cyclists from wind tunnels

    Concern over cyclists and pedestrians being blown about by wind tunnels has led to the publication of new planning guidelines.

    Square Mile, London

    City of London Corporation (CLC) has published what it believes is the UK's first framework which takes into account the impact on wind when planning applications for tall buildings are assessed.

    The local authority's guidelines mean developers must commission tests of the impact on wind at the earliest point in a scheme's design in the Square Mile and uncomfortable wind conditions must be avoided apart from in exceptional circumstances.

    Alastair Moss, chair of the corporation's planning and transportation committee, said the guidelines would ensure "that our streets are a comfortable and pleasant place to live, work and visit".

    Roger Geffen at charity Cycling UK said they would urge other city authorities to follow suit.

    "Anywhere there are tall buildings going up, there is increased risk of encountering walls of wind as you ride.

    "It makes cycling more of a struggle, but can also increase the risk of cyclists being suddenly blown off course, making their movements more difficult to judge for other road users."

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    Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J30 for A13 Lakeside and J29 for A127 Southend Arterial Road Romford.

    M25 Essex - One lane closed and it's slow on M25 anticlockwise between J30, A13 (Lakeside) and J29, A127 (Romford), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  8. Documentary series to go behind the scenes of the V&A

    Victoria and Albert Museum

    A new BBC documentary series is to give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at London's Victoria & Albert museum.

    Secrets Of The Museum will pull back the curtain on the inner workings of the institution in South Kensington.

    The six-part series, due to air on BBC Two next year, will follow the V&A's specialist teams and reveal the "tricks of their trade", the BBC said, as they go about acquiring, cleaning, conserving, loaning and displaying some of the museum's more than two million objects.

    Some of the rare and valuable items at the museum include Charles Dickens' original manuscripts, Brexit-inspired vases made by the artist Grayson Perry, Kylie Minogue's travelling wardrobe and a record-breaking bike belonging to Olympian cyclist Bradley Wiggins.

    Tristram Hunt, director of the V&A, said he hoped the series "will inspire a new generation of designers and makers, museum-goers and day-trippers to fall in love with the V&A and its remarkable collection."

  9. Watch: The headlines from BBC London

    BBC London

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    Video caption: The main news stories from BBC London

    Alice Salfield brings you the top stories from the BBC London newsroom.

  10. Mayor calls on council to approve Holocaust memorial plan

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Holocaust memorial

    Sadiq Khan has called on Westminster Council to approve plans for a Holocaust memorial to sit next to the Houses of Parliament.

    London's mayor said Victoria Tower Gardens, the park beside Britain’s seat of government, was the right place to commemorate the horrors of the Holocaust.

    But local campaigners oppose the use of green space, and say the small park would be dominated by the building. More than 12,000 people have signed a petition opposing the memorial.

    Earlier this month, a letter from council leader Nickie Aiken to the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation, revealed by campaigners under Freedom of Information law, suggested that the application “was heading towards an unfavourable recommendation”.

    The mayor has now urged Westminster Council not to reject the plans, and to allow the memorial “to take its rightful place in the heart of the capital” close to the Houses of Parliament.

    But Clare Annamalai, a spokeswoman for Save Victoria Tower Gardens, said the mayor’s intervention was “inappropriate” and “politically motivated”.

    A spokesperson for Westminster City Council said: “The city council has made it very clear that the decision regarding this application, like all that come before the authority, will be made on planning grounds after careful assessment of all the representations received. No decision has been taken.”

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    Severe accident: A400 London southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A400 London southbound severe accident, at Capper Street.

    A400 London - A400 Tottenham Court Road in West End blocked and it's slow southbound at the Capper Street junction, because of an accident involving bus. Diversion in operation - bus routes 24, 29, 73 and 390 are being diverted via Gower Street.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time