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Railway expert fights plans to close a number of crossing on the East Coast Mainline

A railway expert is fighting plans to close a number of road crossings on the East Coast Mainline.

Robin Jones says the proposed closures from the Peterborough area down to Stevenage are an unnecessary cost cutting measure.

But Network Rail says it will make the line safer as well as reducing the chances of crossings being misused by motorists.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Search for missing man in Cambridgeshire

John Brophy Credit: Cambridgeshire police

Cambridgeshire police is appealing for help to find a man who has been missing from his home in Thorpe Meadows, Peterborough.

John Brophy who lives alone was last seen on January 8th.

He was reported missing on the 12th January after he missed a medical appointment.

This is out of character for John and his family are keen for him to get in touch, if only to let them know he is ok."

– Det Sgt Kath McCready

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Will you recycle your Christmas tree?

Remember to recycle your Christmas trees Credit: ITV News Anglia

As twelfth night approaches, people living in Peterborough are being reminded to recycle their real Christmas trees.

There are 20,000 people in the city who have signed up to the City Council's garden-waste collection service and now they're being reminded that they can recycle their trees along with their garden waste.

All they need to do is cut the tree up and place it in their brown bin, ready for collection as usual.

Christmas tree recycling is also available at three locations in the city from today the 2nd January and 16th january.

  • Notcutts Garden Centre, Orton Waterville
  • Barn Garden Centre, Gunthorpe Road, Paston
  • AVS Fencing, Padholme Road East

All trees put in brown bins or taken to one of the tree drop off points, will be turned into compost or mulch.

"We're encouraging all Peterborough residents to recycle their real Christmas trees by disposing of them in the correct way. Doing so will support the Love Peterborough; Go green, Keep it clean campaign, which aims to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill in the city."

– Cllr Gavin Elsey

For more information about the Love Peterborough; Go green, Keep it clean campaign, you can go towww.peterborough.gov.uk/lovepeterborough

Network Rail faces hefty fines after train disruption

A quieter scene at Peterborough station yesterday Credit: ITV News Anglia

Network Rail is facing a multi-million pound fine after overrunning engineering works caused thousands of trains to be cancelled on one of the busiest days of the year.

An investigation has been launched after the "unacceptable problems" which caused King's Cross to close. The East Coast mainline runs from King's Cross, through Stevenage and Peterborough to Scotland.

Network Rail's managing director Robin Gisby apologised for the mayhem saying he was "deeply sorry" for the disruption.

He added: "We've had an army of 11,000 engineers out over Christmas Day and Boxing Day at 2,000 locations nationwide.

"Over 90% have been completed and handed back to-time but I realise this is no consolation for the thousands affected today."

He said Network Rail would pay compensation to train operators, but would not say whether affected customers will be in line for pay-outs.

In July this year the firm was fined a record £53.1 million by the rail regulator for "shortfalls in performance".

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Department for Transport: Disruption 'extremely disappointing'

Railway workers on the tracks outside King's Cross today. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The Department for Transport has called today's rail disruption "extremely disappointing" and appeared to point the finger at Network Rail for failing to meet deadlines for engineering works.

A spokesman for the Government department said passengers will be "rightly annoyed" by the delays and cancellations to services including East Coast, First Hull Trains, Grand Central and Great Northern.

"This was essential work but passengers need to be able to plan and rely on Network Rail meeting its deadlines for having the network back in service.

"The department is in contact with Network Rail to understand what went wrong and if lessons can be learned for the future."

Thousands of rail passengers suffer disruption

The scene at Peterborough train station this morning Credit: ITV News Anglia

Thousands of rail passengers in our region faced disruption after one of the country's busiest train terminals ground to a halt.

East Coast trains which runs from King's Cross through Stevenage and Peterborough to Scotland cancelled dozens trains due to overrunning engineering works.

As King's Cross came to a standstill it led to a quieter scene at Peterborough this morning with a reduced to and from the station. Passengers were advised to delay travelling until Sunday or Monday.

Network Rail has apologised to customers for the delays.

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