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New £800,000 cycle path opens to Stansted airport

New £800,000 cycle path opens to Stansted airport Credit: ITV News Anglia

Highways England has spent £800,000 improving a cycle path which links Bishop's Stortford to Stansted Airport carrying cyclists safely over the busy M11.

It means anyone cycling to and from the airport can avoid having to use the main multi-lane roundabout to get to there.

The project includes new signs as well as some resurfacing work and adding extra barriers and fences.

The cost of the upgrade was part of an £11 million improvement scheme for the M11.

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Stansted Airport bosses apologise to passengers

The bus fire at Stansted Airport on Good Friday Credit: Shanepretty6

Bosses at Stansted Airport have apologised to passengers for the major disruption caused by a bus fire on Good Friday.

A statement confirmed the blaze had broken out at 4.20pm outside the main entrance of the terminal building.

It was caused by an electrical fault on the bus and was brought under control within 20 minutes by firefighters. No one was injured.

Stansted cancelled all departures from the Essex airport on Friday night - prompting criticism from passengers who claimed they had not been given enough information.

"As a result, a number of flights were delayed, cancelled or diverted to other UK airports. Our terminal team and additional staff have worked around the clock to provide welfare assistance to those passengers who were affected by the flight cancellations.

"We apologise to those passengers who were affected and can confirm that the airport will be open today (March 31) with all flights expected to operate as normal."

– Stansted Airport statement

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Stansted airport evacuated after shuttle bus fire

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Parts of Stansted Airport have been evacuated this afternoon after a fire broke out on a shuttle bus.

Eyewitness videos show the fire broke out on the bus near the terminal forecourt.

The surrounding area- including parts of the terminal building are being evacuated because of smoke.

It comes on one of the busiest days of the year so far for the airport as people get away for the Easter break.

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In the last few minutes the airport says the fire has now been put out. More to follow....

A message of reassurance over the impact of Brexit

Liz Truss visited Stansted Airport today Credit: ITV News

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss has visited Stansted Airport to reassure businesses in the East that the government is committed to a post-Brexit economy.

On her visit she highlighted the increase in exports from the East of England- which has been vital in helping the economy grow.

The latest figures show between 2015 and 2016 exports increased 10.4%.

She said the airport's new flights to Dubai emphasised the post-Brexit need for new routes to the rest of the world.

The visit was to highlight the region's increased exports Credit: ITV News

The East of England exports £16 billion of goods to Europe, compared to £4.6 billion to North America and nearly £1 billion to China.

Machinery and transport goods were the most exported followed by chemicals.

The East of England is a thriving region and a vital hub between the UK and the rest of the world.

The Government is hugely committed to ensuring the East of England and its businesses are as competitive and productive as possible in the global marketplace.

– Liz Truss MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury
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