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Millions to be spent improving roads in our region

Details have emerged of exactly where millions of pounds is to be spent improving roads in our region.

The announcement's part of a Government investment of 15 billion in the national road network. Critics have described it as a pre-election sweetener.

In the east of the Anglia region the improvements include... The A12 being widened to 3 lanes in Essex.

Two new dual carriageways on the A47 either side of Norwich... And major improvements to junctions 7 and 8 on the M11.

Click below to watch our report from Malcolm Robertson in the east of the region

In the west of the Anglia region the improvements include…Dualling sections of the A47 between Peterborough and the A1.

Dualling the A428 from Caxton Gibbet to the Black Cat roundabout, and improving the junction there and major upgrades to junctions 7 and 8 on the M11.

Click below to watch our report from Stuart Leithes in the west of the region

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Essex Chambers of Commerce welcome A12 improvements

The A12 at Kelvedon Credit: Victoria Lampard, ITV Anglia

"It's greatly needed. The A12 is a road that carries a tremendous amount of traffic, both private users but particularly business users. We're forever having problems with it. If you have accidents you see complete lanes shut down. On one occasion the whole length of the road from Marks Tey down to Chelmsford was closed and diversions were put in via Braintree on the A120 up to Marks Tey. A journey that should take just half an hour was then taking an hour and a half so this is extremely good news for businesses and road users in Essex."

– David Burch, Essex Chambers of Commerce

A47 to be extended to Lowestoft in £1.5b roads plan

The A47 is to be extended to Lowestoft in Suffolk as part of the government's roads plan which will see £1.5 billion being spent on transport projects in the East of England.

The A12 between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft will be redesignated as the A47 to reflect the routes nature as a continuous east-west corridor.

Chancellor George Osborne talks to Conservative MPs Chloe Smith for Norwich North and Peter Aldous for Waveney. Credit: Submitted

£10 million has been set aside for safety improvements on the A47 Acle Straight although there are currently no plans to dual the notorious accident blackspot.

The Conservative MP for Waveney, Peter Aldous, says the focus must now be on dualling the entire length of the A47 to Peterborough.

“Poor roads to Lowestoft and the Waveney area have been a major obstacle to attracting new business for far too long and thus I very much welcome this significant investment in the A47, which will make us more accessible to the rest of the country and which will help bring new jobs to the area, building on the great start which has been made by the Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Enterprise Zone."

– Peter Aldous, Conservative MP for Waveney

Motoring groups welcome roads spending

The government has made a pre-election pledge to spend £1.5 billion on road improvements in the Anglia region. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Motoring groups have welcomed the Government's road plans which they hope will end "the stop-start mess experienced over the last few decades".

Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: "This is not about concreting over the countryside with new roads but upgrading many existing routes which have been the source of misery to motorists for years if not decades."

"That the Government is investing money along whole lengths of roads and not just a mile or two here and there is to be welcomed. Roads like the A303, A1, A27 and A47 are seared into drivers' consciousness for the congestion and accidents that routinely litter their course."

– Stephen Glaister, RAC Foundation

AA president Edmund King said: "We spend less than a quarter of motoring taxes on this critical national asset whilst many key competitor countries spend much more. At long last the Government has recognised that we need a long term coherent plan for our roads, with guaranteed funding, to end the stop-start mess experienced over the last few decades."

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Two Ryanair jets damaged in Stansted collision

Two Ryanair planes have collided while parking at Stansted Airport in Essex Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Two Ryanair planes have been damaged in a collision at Stansted in Essex, one of the country's busiest airports.

Passengers faced delays of up to three hours after a Warsaw-bound plane and an aircraft from Frankfurt that had just landed, collided in the parking area of the Airport at about 6.45am.

The crash occurred when the wing tip of one plane and the tail cone of another "made contact", Ryanair said.

No one was injured on the ground or in either aircraft.

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