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'Eastern Powerhouse' devolution deal expected on budget day

Chancellor George Osborne outside Downing Street. Credit: Press Association.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer is expected to announce a devolution deal for a so-called Eastern Powerhouse today as he delivers his budget.

It will mean more powers for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and the chance to make important decisions in areas like road, rail and digital infrastructure.

But the deal has met opposition. Cambridge councillors have previously said they do not believe a combined deal for the three counties was in the best interests of Cambridgeshire tax payers.

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New crossing is historic moment for Lowestoft

The Prime Minister's announcement of a third river crossing for Lowestoft has been welcomed as one of the most important developments in the history of the town.

In a visit to Felixstowe this morning, the Prime Minister announced that the Government will provide £70 million to fund the new bridge. This will be formally announced as part of the Budget tomorrow.

This is one of the most important announcements in the history of the town and I could not be more delighted. This is for the people, communities and businesses of Lowestoft who have campaigned for a new crossing and who have shared our determination to see it become a reality. There is still much work to be done, however this is the green light that we all dreamed of.”

– Cllr Colin Law, Leader of Waveney District Council

PM: 'I understand how important Lowestoft crossing is'

David Cameron says he understands just how important a new crossing is for Lowestoft after pledging to spend £70 million on the project.

The town has been fighting to get a third crossing over Lake Lothing for more than 70 years.

I've seen with my own eyes during a visit before the election, just how important this is and I think it's really important it goes ahead.

As for Ipswich, we're still looking at that. We're hopeful of making progress but I can't tell you more about that today.

– David Cameron

Government to spend £70 million on Lowestoft crossing

A third crossing in Lowestoft will go ahead. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Prime Minister has announced that more than £70 million will be invested by the government to ensure a third water crossing in Lowestoft goes ahead.

David Cameron revealed the news during a visit to the Port of Felixstowe today where he has been trying to convince workers that it's best to stay in the EU.

The PM stopped short of announcing investment for a similar crossing at the waterfront in Ipswich though, saying that the government are "still looking into it."

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