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Local train operators consider plans to axe First Class

Greater Anglia say they're going to look into the proposals. Credit: PA

Local rail operators are considering proposals by the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, to abolish First Class seats on commuter routes into London.

Greater Anglia say passenger groups have also raised the issue and they'll give it full consideration when finalising design plans for new trains from 2019.

London Midland meanwhile still await the outcome of their franchise renewal process.

The consultation process for the introduction of new trains across the Greater Anglia network has just finished.

This issue has been raised amongst some passenger groups so will be given our full consideration when finalising the design plans for the new trains due to arrive from 2019.

– Greater Anglia spokesperson

Sentinel satellite heads to Russia for rocket launch

The Sentinel 5P satellite Credit: Airbus Defence and Space

A Stevenage built satellite is heading to Russia for launch. The Sentinel 5P Satellite was designed and made at Airbus in the town.

Europe’s pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor is heading to the launch site at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

The probe is part of the global monitoring programme “Copernicus”, a joint European Commission–ESA undertaking which aims to acquire continuous and accurate Earth observation data and provide services to improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change.

"This mission will give Europe new way to measure global pollution levels in much greater detail.”

– Colin Paynter, Managing Director of Airbus Defence and Space in the UK

More on the Copernicus project.

Flash flooding forces school to close in Essex

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight

Flash flooding and lightning strikes hit parts of the Eastern Region last night.

The storms affected trains as overhead lines were damaged and a school in Essex was forced to close because of flooding.

Saffron Walden County High School was shut today because of flooding. The school said it was a reluctant but necessary closure.

The school sports centre was the worst affected.

The school has worked hard to ensure that it is safe and dry and can be re-opened tomorrow morning.

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Storms cause disruption to rail services

A tree has damaged overhead lines Credit: greater anglia

Rail commuters are being told to expect disruption this morning after overhead lines were damaged during last night's storms.

All lines between Bishops Stortford and Stansted Airport are blocked by fallen trees and train services running to and from these stations may be cancelled or revised. Disruption is expected until 10am.

Train Services from London Liverpool Street will terminate at Bishop's Stortford. Greater Anglia says it is trying to resource buses to supplement the service between Bishop's Stortford and Stansted Airport.

Appeal to trace missing Andrew McGuinn

Have you seen Andrew McGuinn?

Police are appealing to members of the public to help trace a man who has gone missing from Stevenage.

Andrew McGuinn, who is 53 years old, was last seen in the town at 9am on Tuesday, July 11.

He is described as being white, around 6ft tall and of stocky build, with a bald head, a goatee beard and a tattoo on his right arm.

There have been no further sightings of Andrew locally and police believe he could have travelled into Cambridgeshire.

Anyone who sees him or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact Hertfordshire Constabulary via the non-emergency number 101.

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