Inspector are warning illegal drugs, endangered species and black market cigarettes could be entering the UK undetected at Stansted AirportRead the full story ›
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.
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:
At least ten railway stations across the East of England are set to see protests this morning against the latest round of national rail fare increases. Organised by the Green Party the protests are against a average 3.1 per cent rise in fares
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."
Stansted Airport has not been earmarked for expansion in a report released a few moments ago.
The shortlist of airport expansion options has been drawn up by a government-appointed commission.
It has instead recommended the expansion of Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.
Plans for a six hundred million pound rail improvement scheme that would speed up journey times to Stansted Airport will be discussed today.
The airport is holding its annual Transport Forum. Delegates will be hearing from the London First group which is calling for train links with the airport to be upgraded.
There have been demands today for much tougher penalties for using mobile phones in cars.Read the full story ›
Police officers in Norfolk, Suffolk and Northamptonshire are among those across the country who are taking part in a campaign to tackle drivers who use handheld mobile phones while driving.
Here are a selection of ITV News Anglia viewers' opinions on the subject:
"It's a huge problem. I am always seeing drivers on country roads on their phones. Glad there is going to be a crackdown. It's NEVER acceptable and texting is even worse. "
"People that do (use phones whilst driving) should be banned & imprisoned. There is no need for it at all."
"No problem if you're stuck in traffic jam and stationary but no excuse when driving. Seen too many drivers drift over into the hard shoulder or over the centre lines because they're either talking on a phone or texting or trying to reprogram their sat nav's."
According to the road safety charity Brake:
- 80,000 drivers in East Anglia have points on their licence for using a mobile phone while driving or from other distractions
- 4 in 5 of those are men
- 6 out of 10 children surveyed said they'd been in a car with someone who was using a mobile while driving