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Region braced for a busy day of travel as the great Christmas getaway gets underway

The region's roads, railways and airports are expected to be busy today. Credit: PA

The region's roads, railways and airports are expected to be busy today for the start of the Christmas getaway.

Around 350,000 passengers will be flying out of Stansted over the Christmas period. Credit: PA

Figures show more than 350,000 will be flying out of Stansted Airport in Essex over the Christmas period, and 175,000 from Luton.

The busiest time on the roads will be from midday.


Anglia's Christmas past

To get you in the mood here are a couple of Christmas reports from the Anglia Archives.

The first is from 2009 when Becky and Jonathan visited Dunston Hall Hotel complete with Turkey, games and a choir!

The second is from 2011 when Jonathan visited Michelin star chef Galton Blackiston at his Morston Hall Hotel and got some top tips for the perfect Christmas lunch.


Latest on the flooding in the Anglia region

Flood Warnings are indicated by a red marker and Flood Alerts by an orange marker Credit: Environment Agency

More rain is expected on the final day of 2012 - a year which has been confirmed as the wettest ever in East Anglia.

There are still 3 Flood Warnings and 10 Flood Alerts in places across the Anglia region after a festive season dominated by heavy rain.

For the latest flooding information check the Environment Agency website.

Latest Flood Warnings as more rain is forecast

Met Office rainfall radar image taken at 7.10 am. The band of rain will move east into the Anglia region. Credit: Met Office

The Environment Agency has 9 Flood Warnings and 24 Flood Alerts in force in the Anglia region.

More rain is forecast during Saturday along with strong and gusty winds.

For the latest flood information go to the Environment Agency website.

Flood Warning areas at 7.10am on Saturday 29 December 2012 Credit: Environment Agency

Flood defences to be built in Welney

A temporary flood defence is to be built today across the Welney Road (A1101) at the Old Bedford Bridge close to the Norfolk-Cambridgeshire border.

The Welney Road was last sand bagged in 2007 and is a planned response to water levels reaching a specific level on the Ouse Washes.

Flood water is currently over 3 meters above sea level – with 1.44 meters (4.7 ft) of water standing on the Causeway road.

“We will put approximately 30 one-ton sandbags across the road to build a temporary continuous defence along the barrier bank. This is a planned activity which is triggered by water levels hitting a specific point. We haven’t needed to do this for some time.”

– Alan Daniels, Environment Agency

The Welney Causeway was closed by Norfolk County Council Highways department on Friday 23 November and will remain closed until flood waters have receded.

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