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Essex rail company tops punctuality league table

96.7% of trains on the c2c line in south Essex ran on time in 2013/14 Credit: ITV News Anglia

The rail company that runs trains in south Essex between Southend and London has topped the latest rail punctuality league tables.

National Express which c2c says 96.7% of trains arrived on time in 2013/14, nearly 7% above the UK average

c2c Managing Director Julian Drury said: “We’re delighted to have finished on top of the rail industry’s league table for the third year running. We’re now aiming to run even more trains on time for our customers.”

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Port pioneers new container system

The London Gateway port Credit: ITV Anglia

The new London Gateway port at Stanford Le Hope in Essex has pioneered a new way of speeding up the unloading of container ships.

Special cranes are being used to lift four containers at once which reduces the amount of time it takes to turn ships around.

The cranes are capable of unloading some of the largest container vessels in the world.

Campaigners gather at stations across the East to protest against fare increases

Campaigners at Norwich Station this morning. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's a new year, and a new blow for rail users, as passengers are met with the latest round of price increases.

Campaigners gathered at stations across our region this morning, to protest over an average 3.1 % rise in fares.

Campaigners are upset at a 3.1% increase. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Passengers who commute between Chelmsford and Colchester will see the cost of a season ticket top £2000, whilst the price of a Bedford to London season ticket will reach £4,300.

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Rail fares: Where does the money go?

Train companies retain an average of just 3p from every pound paid for rail tickets, with the vast majority of revenue going on maintenance, staff costs and investment in the rail network, according to figures released by the industry association the Rail Delivery Group:

On average, train companies make a 3p profit in every pound on rail tickets sold. Credit: railfares2014.com/RDG

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Stop Stansted Expansion group 'relieved' after Stansted Airport not earmarked for expansion

The Stop Stansted Expansion group say that they are "relieved" that Stansted Airport has not been shortlisted as a potential site for expansion in today's Airports Commission interim report.

"We are obviously greatly relieved that Stansted is not on the shortlist.

The environmental consequences of even one extra runway would have been catastrophic and the fact is that there has never been a viable business case for any extra runways at Stansted.

The airport currently operates at less than half of its potential capacity.

We must now show solidarity with the communities around Heathrow and Gatwick and support their efforts in resisting the threat that they now face."

– – BRIAN ROSS, ECONOMICS ADVISER, STOP STANSTED EXPANSION
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