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Campaigners stage protests over rail fares increase

Campaigners outside Chelmsford station today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Protests have been taking place at train stations across the region over the rise of rail fares.

Campaigners gathered outside Chelmsford station this morning to show their anger.

On Greater Anglia trains, the average price rise is about 1.8% - lower than the national average.

There were delays and cancellations this morning because of over-running engineering works that began over the festive period.

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Warning of icy conditions across parts of the East

Met Office have issued a yellow weather warning Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Met Office is warning of icy conditions across parts of the Anglia region this morning. The warning is in force until 10am.

Drivers are being advised to take extra care on the roads following a yellow warning of ice.

Icy patches are likely to form on roads as temperatures dipped below freezing last night. Patches of freezing fog are also expected.

Area covered by the yellow weather warning for ice valid until 10am. Credit: Met Office

"After a very cold night and as moister air comes in contact with cold surfaces later, the potential for a lot of frost to form, rendering some surfaces hazardous.

"Please be aware that untreated surfaces, such as pavements and some minor roads, are likely to turn very slippery on Tuesday morning."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment

Fog alert across the region with delays at airports

A further Met Office yellow warning has been issued for thick fog across the Anglia region as weather conditions cause delays and cancellations at airports.

Stansted airport in Essex says that heavy fog is affecting flights to and from the airport leading to delays and cancellations. It is advising passengers to check with airlines and allow extra time for journeys to the airport.

Fog is delaying flights to and from Stansted airport. Credit: London Stansted

Flights into and out of Luton airport are also affected by fog.

The airport says there have been a number of delays to arrivals and departures. Passengers are advised to check in as normal.

The Met Office weather warning is in force until 10am on Saturday 31 December.

Area covered by the yellow weather warning for thick fog. Credit: Met Office

"Areas of fog have persisted in places through Friday and are expected to become more widespread and freezing in places again on Friday night and into Saturday morning.

"Driving conditions will be difficult with journeys likely to take longer than usual and delays to air travel possible.

"Fog and freezing fog patches with visibility less than 100 metres in places are expected to become more widespread."

– Met Office

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Ambulance staff faced record number of calls

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Ambulance bosses have praised staff and volunteers for coping with a record breaking festive period. From Christmas Eve to Boxing Day night the East of England Ambulance trust handled nearly 7,000 calls. The next spike is expected during the New year celebrations this weekend with warnings from the emergency services for party goers to be wary of over doing it.

Met Office yellow weather warning for mist and fog

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for fog valid until 10am on Friday 30 December 2016

The area covered by the yellow weather warning for fog and mist. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office says areas of fog and freezing fog have developed, including some dense patches of fog in places.

Driving conditions will be difficult with journeys likely to take longer than usual and delays to air travel are possible.

"Fog and freezing fog patches are locally dense with visibility less than 100 metres in places.

"Combined with sub-zero temperatures, there is also a risk of icy patches on some untreated surfaces.

"This fog will only slowly lift and thin today, likely lingering into the late morning or afternoon in some places, most likely over parts of East Anglia and southeast England."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment

Trains up to 30 years old on railways in the East

Campaigners say passengers are Credit: ITV News Anglia

The average age of trains on railways is up to 30 years old, according to government figures.

Virgin East Coast rolling stock is the oldest, followed by Greater Anglia, where trains are an average of 27 years old, and East Midlands at 24 years old.

Campaigners say passengers are "paying through the nose for decrepit trains".

Fares will rise by an average of 2.3% across the country from Monday.

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