Weekly News Rundown Stories – Sunday 17th March 2024

Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.

Serious News

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that on Tuesday 12th March, the Superloop express bus system was complete.

The 86-mile network of buses surround the capital and starts at North Finchley and reaches areas such as North Woolwich, Thamesmead, Bromley, Croydon, Heathrow and Harrow before returning back to North Finchley.

There are 10 routes in total, which stand out against your typical TfL bus routes with a red and white colour scheme applied.

Transport for London say that the system connects commuters to another 310 bus routes, 49 rail stations and 23 rail lines.

However, there has been some criticism as the borough of Havering has been left unserved by the fast network.

Superloop routes:

  • SL1: North Finchley to Walthamstow
  • SL2: Walthamstow Central to North Woolwich
  • SL3: Thamesmead to Bromley
  • SL4: Canary Wharf to Grove Park
  • SL5: Bromley to Croydon
  • SL6: Russell Square to West Croydon (peak services only)
  • SL7: Croydon to Heathrow Airport
  • SL8: Uxbridge to White City
  • SL9: Heathrow Airport to Harrow
  • SL10: Harrow to North Finchley

Crazy News

A celebrity psychic has bought a “creepy” doll from an charity shop in Edinburgh.

Deborah Davies, who features in Unexplained: Caught on Camera, made the purchase of Annabelle who was added to her ever growing collection of around 60 “haunted dolls”.

The cost was £220, which included shipping to her home in Cheshire. The psychic says that she will have “CCTV cameras on it 24/7 and for now I'll keep it at my home, which is breaking my own rules. I keep the rest of my collection a few miles away, as many of them were sent to me by followers following serious poltergeist activity”.

People who passed the storefront felt that the eyes were “watching them”.

Speaking about whether there may still be a soul attached, Ms Davies says: “As Edinburgh is one of the most haunted places in the UK with a wealth of history, I felt there may well be a soul attached to it. Especially as it was in Morningside, which is well documented to be haunted. I personally feel that the soul attached to this doll lost a child that looked very much the same as this doll. I feel it's an old earthbound soul from that area”.

Happy News

Liverpool has unveiled new plans to build the world’s largest tidal power project.

Based on the River Mersey, the project would power more than one million homes for more than 120 years.

Featuring a dam, it would be a barrier between the Irish Sea and a tidal basin, and would be fitted with turbines and have two-way generation.

However, it will also be a flood defence line as well as a pedestrian and cycling link too, connecting Liverpool with the Wirral Peninsula.

There is still a way to go to bring this to life, as it is about to enter the formal planning stage, but if it goes ahead it will help the City of Liverpool to reach their net zero target by 2040.


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