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Cambridge to London rail line 'not changed since 1840s'

The campaign is calling for 60 minute journey between Cambridge and London. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A campaign is calling for improvements to one of the key commuter routes in the East of England, linking Cambridge and London.

The West Anglia Taskforce want to see trains travel from London to Cambridge in 60 minutes.

It follows the start of Greater Anglia's nine year deal to run the franchise.

Speaking at the campaign launch this morning, Rail Minister Paul Maynard said the line was "still the same as it was in the 1840s".

"You are a vital economic part of the country, yet the line is still the same as it was in the 1840s.

"Passenger growth has outpaced investment... All the recommendations from the report deserve very careful consideration."

– Paul Maynard MP, Rail Minister

Campaign to re-brand Northamptonshire as top destination

A campaign's being launched to re-brand Northamptonshire as one of the country's top tourist destinations.

The region's beautiful countryside and stately homes already attract 20 million visitors a year generating around a billion pounds.

Organisers want to double that in the next five years. The man behind the campaign is James Lowther, a former advertising guru at Saatchi and Saatchi.

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Businesses bouncing back after building collapse

Video report from ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper

Nearly six months after a fire ripped through an historic high street near Milton Keynes, local businesses say they're finally getting back on track.

A three storey house in Stony Stratford collapsed in May - when an electrical fault set the property alight.

It could be years before the historic high street is rebuilt, but the community has come together to get the town back on its feet.

"We're six weeks back in since we've been re-opened and turnover in the businesses affected is generally about 25% down. That's going to take time to recover, but, hopefully, in time it will."

– Ross Ellens, Chairman, Stony Stratford Business Association

Bedford MP's motion to strip Sir Philip Green of knighthood approved

MPs approved a motion to strip Sir Philip Green of his knighthood. Credit: PA

MPs have unanimously approved a motion put forward by Bedford MP Richard Fuller recommending ex-BHS boss Sir Philip Green should be stripped of his knighthood.

Mr Fuller suggested the retail tycoon had failed "to find his moral compass" in not addressing the store's pension deficit over the summer.

Following the debate in the House of Commons, MPs backed the his motion unopposed, meaning no full vote was needed.

They have asked the Honours Forfeiture Committee to ensure Sir Philip's knighthood is "cancelled and annulled".

Richard Fuller said the ex-BHS boss failed

The unprecedented decision is non-binding, although Downing Street indicated it believes the independent committee may have a decision to make in the future.

The Government also called on Sir Philip to "quickly" remedy the BHS pension scheme deficit, with investigations under way into the conduct of BHS directors and the management of the pension scheme.

BHS went into administration with a £571 million pension scheme deficit shortly after being sold for £1 by Sir Philip to Dominic Chappell.

Three local newspapers set to close

The Bedfordshire on Sunday will continue despite the closure of its sister titles. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three local newspapers are to close.

Trinity Mirror has announced it will no longer publish the free weekly titles Luton on Sunday, One MK and the Northampton Herald Post.

However the media group insists it will have a renewed focus on the Bedfordshire on Sunday, which will continue alongside its website. The publisher is set to increase its distribution.

“We are not exiting these markets but will retain a presence in a different way.

We believe there is a better way for us to provide content and commercial solutions for the local communities, for example through a schedule of niche products and awards & events."

– Spokesperson, Trinity Mirror

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Academy opens to train staff for £1.5bn A14 upgrade

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A new academy has opened in Cambridgeshire to train staff to work on the £1.5 billion upgrade of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon.

The Highways Academy allows students to learn in conditions very similar to those they'll encounter on the job.

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apprentices to be trained to work on A14

The long anticipated A14 improvement scheme will upgrade 21 miles of the notoriously busy trunk road, which links the Midlands to ports in the Anglia region.

It will involve a new bypass round Huntingdon, widening the existing road and improving junctions along the whole length.

It aims to help unlock growth in the region and cut journey times by around 20 minutes.

Training academy for apprentices wanting to work in transport

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A training academy will be officially opened in Cambridgeshire today (Monday 17th October) for people who want to work on the highways.

There's more jobs in the industry thanks to the Government's £1.5 billion project to upgrade the A14.

The project will upgrade 21 miles of the road. It will include a new bypass for Huntingdon, widening the A1 between Brampton and Alconbury, widening the existing A14 between Swavesey and Milton and improving the junctions at Bar Hill, Swavesey, Girton, Histon and Milton.

There will also be improvements in Huntingdon town centre, including the demolition of the A14 viaduct and a new local access road.

Construction gets underway next month and will open to traffic in 2020.

Monarch passengers relieved about airline's fate

Passengers at Luton Airport have been speaking of their relief after a deal was struck to save Monarch.

The airline announced this morning that will be able to retain its operating licence after securing a £165 million investment.

The licence had been due to expire today.

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