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Network Rail confirms King's Cross cancellations

A view of the front of King's Cross station. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Network Rail confirmed that trains to and from King's Cross would be cancelled tomorrow due to the overrunning engineering works.

The railways operator said that the work was part of a £200 million Christmas investment programme.

It is one of 300 projects being undertaken over the holidays across 2,000 sites up and down the country by some 11,000 railway engineers.

A spokesman said: "What has happened is really regrettable and unfortunate, but it is a small part of a massive amount of engineering investment taking place over Christmas."

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Delays expected if travelling to or from King's Cross station

King's Cross Station Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Train services in and out of London King's Cross station have been cancelled tomorrow because of overrunning Network Rail engineering works.

Sources said that the station would effectively be closed throughout the day due to delays to works north of the station.

East Coast Trains said customers would need to start or finish their journey at Finsbury Park in north London, with at least one change of train.

A reduced service to and from the station will go ahead as planned on Sunday, with trains leaving up to 20 minutes earlier than normal from King's Cross.

East Coast spokesman, Paul Emberley, said: "Network Rail has apologised to passengers for the inevitable delays to their travel plans on Saturday as a result of the overrunning engineering works.

"East Coast is particularly sorry too for the inconvenience to its customers as a result, on what we know is an already very busy travel day immediately following the Christmas break.

"For customers intending to start or finish their journey at King's Cross, consideration should be given to deferring travel plans to either Sunday or Monday.

"We're working hard over the holiday period to make the necessary adjustments to our timetable as a consequence, and to provide as much information as we can."

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East Coast statement on engineering works

East Coast trains will run a revised timetable on 27 December Credit: ITV News

"Advance warning for Saturday 27th December: Due to overrunning engineering works north of London Kings Cross, we are expecting significant disruption to East Coast services.

"Customers are advised to defer travel where possible.

"A revised timetable is currently being developed and will be made available as soon as possible.

"Please check our websiteregularly for updates."

– East Coast Trains

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Car crime scheme hailed a success

Car thief - picture posed by actor Credit: PA

A scheme designed to reduce car crime has been hailed a success.

Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire Police have been working together to prevent valuables being stolen from parked cars.

The scheme, which was launched in February, involves city council civil enforcement officers (CEO) identifying cars with valuables on display then recording details of the vehicle and informing the police. So far, the police have sent out 260 letters to the registered owners of the vehicles, providing crime prevention advice.

Statistics reveal that there has been a 23.6 per cent reduction in thefts from vehicles between February and October this year.

Peterborough is the hardest place to get around if you don't drive

The city of Peterborough has been named and shamed as the hardest place to get around if you don't drive according to a new survey.

The Campaign for Better Transport singled out Peterborough for 'weaknesses' in its public transport and found that as a result residents are heavily reliant on cars.

But they aren't the only ones, with 29 cities and towns surveyed - Milton Keynes and Northampton were found to be amongst the most car dependent.

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

Peterborough is the 'hardest place to live without a car'

Peterborough city centre Credit: ITV News Anglia

The city of Peterborough is the hardest place to live in England without a car, according to a new survey.

The new research called 'The 2014 Car Dependency Scorecard' has been produced by the Campaign for Better Transport, which also found that Colchester in Essex, and Milton Keynes are also difficult places to live without access to a car.

It found that Peterborough has weaknesses in its public transport infrastructure and heavy reliance on cars. But it said there are signs of hope as many people in the city already cycle regularly, showing there is scope for improvement and a will for active travel.

The survey looked at each location on four categories

  • Accessibility and planning
  • Buses and trains quality and uptake
  • Cycling and walking as alternatives
  • Driving and car use
Peterborough came in at 29th in the survey Credit: ITV News Anglia

"To be good places to live and work, towns and cities need good transport. The most successful places in our research give people a choice in how you get around. They have good public transport, plan new development thoughtfully and make it easy and safe for people to cycle and walk."

– Chief Executive Stephen Jospeh, Campaign for Better Transport

Colchester was seen as the location where residents were least likely to be able to get to a primary school, work or the town centre by walking or public transport, while the spread out of Milton Keynes meant longer distance for people to have to travel.

Cambridge topped the list from our region in 6th place for being the least-car dependent.

Norwich came in 13th place, Luton 14th, and Northampton in 21st place

Below is the list of the least car dependent locations, with Peterborough in 29th place at the bottom, followed by Colchester in 28th and then Milton Keynes in 27th.

London came out on top ass the best place to live if you don't have a car.

  • London
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • Brighton & Hove
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Cambridge
  • Bristol
  • Birmingham
  • Southampton
  • Nottingham
  • Leicester
  • Stockport
  • Norwich
  • Luton
  • Sheffield
  • Plymouth
  • Leeds
  • Sunderland
  • Coventry
  • Gateshead
  • Northampton
  • Dudley
  • Derby
  • Bradford
  • Wigan
  • Swindon
  • Milton Keynes
  • Colchester
  • Peterborough
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