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Business leaders demand better performance by new rail franchise

The successful bidder will be announced in the coming weeks. Credit: ITV Anglia.

As the Government prepares to announce the successful bidder for the East Anglia rail franchise in the coming weeks, a letter's been written to the government demanding a better rail service for the region.

The Great Eastern Mainline Taskforce, which is made up of local business leaders and MP wrote to the transport secretary to ask any new tender includes new rolling stock, and better journey times·

600 jobs could be created in new Suffolk business park

An artist impression of the Suffolk Business Park Credit: Curzon De Vere, Developers

600 jobs could be created if plans for a new business park are approved in Suffolk.

The development at Great Blakenham near Ipswich would be eco-friendly and if given the go-ahead would be opened by 2019.

"This exciting ground breaking development will give the local economy a major boost and help Mid-Suffolk meet its commitment to find land for an additional 8000 jobs by 2026. Because of its unique position it will attract both local and international businesses and will provide jobs for local people and reduce levels of out-commuting from the district."

– Nick Davey, Partner of The JTS Partnership LLP and planning consultant for the build


Stansted-based Ryanair to cut fares by 7%

Michael O'Leary was delighted with the company's results. Credit: PA

Stansted-based airline Ryanair has revealed it plans to cut fares by 7% this year as annual profits soared.

The budget airline wants to reduce its prices in a bid to keep passengers flying despite concerns following terror attacks in Paris and Brussels.

The impact of the recent EgyptAir plane crash may further weaken the appetite for international travel over the coming months.

Ryanair's profits last year.

The cuts came as Ryanair posted profits after tax up 43% to £959 million in the year to March compared with a year ago.

The full-year to 2016 was a year in which we delivered significant traffic and profit growth in all four quarters.

– Michael O'Leary, Ryanair Chief Executive

Campaigners to fight plans to build waste incinerator in Bedfordshire

Campaigners say they'll keep fighting renewed plans to build a waste incinerator near a village in Bedfordshire.

An American company has permission to build a 24-acre facility at 'Rookery South Pit' near Stewartby. It says the site could generate enough energy to power 65,000 homes.

But some people living nearby have been campaigning against it for nearly a decade and they say they're not backing down now.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper.

Setback for campaigners fighting housing development in Suffolk's 'Constable country'

There's been a blow to campaigners fighting plans to build more than 300 homes in the Suffolk countryside that inspired the artist John Constable.

The development in Brantham has now been approved by the district council, but some say it will turn the village into a town and the infrastructure won't be able to cope.

With growing demand for housing and government targets to meet there are many more in the East who are forming groups to try and protect their countryside.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu.

450 jobs created in new Ryanair training centre at Stansted

Vince Cable, George Osborne and Ed Balls Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's emerged 450 jobs will be created at a new Ryanair training Centre to be based at Stansted Airport.

The airline's boss Michael O'Leary announced the investment at the airport as part of a stronger in Europe event alongside George Osborne, Vince Cable and Ed Balls.

However Leave campaigners have accused Mr O'Leary of hypocrisy quoting speeches he made in 2011 criticising the EU.

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