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Aircraft noise could be reduced by GPS

Stansted Airport is consulting people living under the flight-path on a new take-off procedure which could reduce the effects of aircraft noise.

The airport's management want to know what people think of the 'Performance Based Navigation' technology, which uses GPS to allow planes taking off to keep to their flight paths more accurately.

Stansted Airport Credit: ITV News Anglia

Results from a trial on two of Stansted's existing departure routes (Clacton 22 and Detling 04) apparently show that 85% fewer people are directly overflown by aircraft using the new procedure.

The airport has been working on the initiative with its consultative committee (STACC), easyJet and NATS (air traffic provider) for more than two years. It is now seeking views from the local community to help shape its final proposal before submitting it to the Civil Aviation Authority for approval.

"We feel the noise and environmental benefits from this project are considerable and urge our local communities to look at the achievements and facts provided in the consultation materials and make their responses accordingly."

– Keith Artus - Software Technologies Applications and Conference Centre (STACC)

Luton Airport has also just started trialling the technology. From this month flights leaving the Bedfordshire airport and heading west will be guided by Area Navigation Technology, known as ARNAV, which draws flights away from more densely populated areas.

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Village near Milton Keynes without phones and internet for a week

Some homes in Woburn Sands near MIlton Keynes have been with phones and internet for a week. Credit: ITV News Anglia

People living in Woburn Sands near Milton Keynes say they've been left without their landline phones for a week because of a faulty underground cable.

On certain streets internet access has gone too and, for some, it's proving more than a little inconvenient.

Tony Armstrong's garden is currently his office. His home phone is out of action, and he only gets mobile reception on the lawn. He's worried the situation's losing business for his private car hire company.

BT say they've had reports of problems at about 100 properties, including on Chapel St and The Leys, but that more roads may be affected.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Olivia Paterson

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Cambridge scientists working on the secrets of the universe

British scientists are working around the clock in Geneva to try to recreate the high energy conditions similar to those at the start of the universe.

The power at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland was recently increased and research has just restarted at the site.

Among those working at the world's largest particle accelerator are scientists from the University of Cambridge.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News correspondent David Wood

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