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Growth Deal expansion secures £155.5m to help boost region's economy

The government has announced funding worth £155.5m for the Anglia region. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive.

The government has announced an extra £155.5m in funding for the Anglia region as part of a bid to boost economic growth in the area.

The money is an expansion of the Growth Deal announced by ministers in July last year.

It will see the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership in Norfolk and Suffolk awarded an additional £48.5m to spend on a number of projects.

They include the creation of an Aviation Academy - the first of its kind in the UK - and new innovation centres in Ipswich and King's Lynn to support businesses to set up and grow.

In the greater Cambridge and Peterborough areas, £38m will be used to help create an Institute of Advanced Construction, a Highways and Civil Engineering Academy, and will fund the construction of the new Ely Southern Bypass, among other projects.

Hertfordshire will benefit from an extra £22.3m which will be spent on regeneration projects in Bishop's Stortford and Hatfield, and a state-of-the-art engineering design and innovation centre in Stevenage.

And in Northampton, Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes, £46.7m will be used towards projects including a new centre focused on intelligent technology at Cranfield University, and a new "creative industries hub" in Northampton.

Over-taking ban for lorries to be considered

The Highways Agency is considering banning lorries overtaking on part of the M11. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

The Highways Agency has confirmed it is considering a ban on lorries overtaking on a stretch of the M11 in Essex.

It comes after Essex county councillors asked for restrictions to be imposed between junctions 8 and 9, near Harlow.

The changes could be implemented later this year.

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