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Businesses set to benefit from North Sea gas and oil exploration

Nearly 17,000 people work in the oil and gas supply chain in the East of England.

Billions of pounds is about to be spent in the next phase of gas and oil exploration in the North Sea and businesses in our region are getting the chance to bid for work.

An event is taking place outside Dunston Hall in Norwich today where businesses can find out what opportunities there are for them.

Public meetings set to discuss Northern Distributor Road concerns

The £150m route would link the A47 at Postwick with the A1067.

Public meetings will take place from today for people concerned about the impact of the proposed Northern Distributor Road north of Norwich.

The £150m route would link the A47 at Postwick with the A1067. Opponents have said the project would amount to environmental destruction.

They take place all this week from 10am at Assembly House in Norwich.

  • Tuesday 16 September 10am - 6pm - Need, traffic forecasts and value for money.
  • Wednesday 17 September 10am-6pm - Alternatives and impacts.
  • Thursday 18 September 10am-4pm - Western end and minor changes.

The agendas are available on the Planning Inspectorates website.


Solar farm plans go on show

Plans have gone on show for a solar energy farm on the former RAF base at Coltishall in Norfolk which closed in 2006.

The site of the proposed solar farm at Scottow Credit: Mike Page

The solar panels would be built on 250 acres of land between the former runways and provide renewable energy for up to 15,000 homes. After 25 years the solar farm would be removed. The plans are being submitted to the local council for approval.


Ryanair plans 'business class'

Ryanair to introduce a "business class". Credit: PA Images

No-frills airline Ryanair is to introduce a "business class".

The low-cost Irish carrier has unveiled a new product called Business Plus which will give executives a range of benefits.

These include flexibility on ticket changes, 20kg (44lbs) of checked-in bag allowance, fast-track airport security at selected airports, priority boarding and premium seats.

The new service will start at 69.99 euro (about £56) and is aimed at the 25% of Ryanair passengers who travel on business.

Ryanair has also announced its summer 2015 schedule from Stansted airport which includes three new routes - to Cologne in Germany, Edinburgh and Glasgow - as well as increased frequencies on 24 other routes.

The airline also revealed its 2015 summer schedule from Dublin. There will be new services to Brussels Zaventem, Cologne and Glasgow as well as increased frequencies on 12 other routes.

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