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Still a "massive amount" to do on level-crossing safety, says mother

Olivia Bazlinton and Charlotte Thompson who were killed on the level crossing at Elsenham in 2005.

Network Rail needs to do a "massive amount" to make level crossings safer, the parent of a teenager killed by a train has told MPs.

Tina Hughes, who now works with the firm on improving crossings, said Network Rail had made changes but were only "scratching the surface" of what needed to be done.

Ms Hughes's daughter Olivia Bazlinton, 14, and her friend Charlotte Thompson, 13, were hit by a train in 2005 as they crossed the tracks at Elsenham in Essex.

Ms Hughes, who works with Network Rail as its "level crossing user champion", told MPs: "I believe that they have made very significant changes but they are only just scratching the surface of the things that they need to do. There is a massive amount of work that needs to be done."

Olivia's father Chris Bazlinton, appearing alongside Ms Hughes in front of MPs on the Transport Select Committee, said he believed information about their deaths had been covered up in a "conspiracy of silence".

Families speak at level crossing inquiry

Families from this region whose children were killed and seriously injured at railway level crossings have been at a parliamentary inquiry which opened in London today.

The parents of Olivia Bazlinton, who died alongside friend Charlotte Thompson at Elsenham near Bishop's Stortford, were among those to appear before the Transport Select Committee.

It is claimed that Network Rail put financial considerations above public safety.

Matthew Hudson reports.

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Father of level crossing victim wants answers from Network Rail

The father of a teenager who was killed at a level crossing in Essex has accused Network Rail of a cover-up - as he prepares to speak at a parliamentary inquiry later today.

Chris Bazlinton's daughter Olivia died with her friend Charlotte Thompson in Elsenham eight years ago.

Today he will join the grandfather of a boy who was badly injured at a crossing in Beccles, Suffolk, in front of the Transport Select Committee this afternoon. The inquiry will look at safety at level crossings.

Today Mr Bazlinton said he wanted to know why key documents linked to the investigation into his daughter's death were not made public sooner.

Network Rail says it has promised the families it is committed to making the railways as safe as possible.

Fine for Luton Airport over death of passenger

Luton Airport has been ordered to pay almost £300,000 in fines and costs after a pensioner died on a crossing outside the terminal.

Mary Whiting from Norfolk had just returned from holiday, when she was hit by a lorry in 2009.

In June a jury decided that the airport had breached health and safety laws. The lorry driver was previously cleared of causing death by dangerous driving.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Olivia Paterson

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Luton Airport fined over health and safety breaches

Luton Airport has been fined for health and safety breaches over the death of a woman. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Luton Airport has been ordered to pay £273,000 in fines and costs after a 78-year-old woman died on a crossing outside the terminal in 2009.

C T Aviations Solutions, the civil engineering company which designed the crossing, was fined £70,000 plus costs of £30,000.

Both were found guilty of breaching health and safety laws at a 6-week jury trial earlier this year.

Calls to keep East Coast trains in public ownership

An East Coast Main Line train calls at Peterborough station
An East Coast Main Line train calls at Peterborough station Credit: ITV Anglia

Calls are being made for East Coast Main Line trains to remain in public ownership.

The service, which runs through Stevenage and Peterborough, has reported a return of more than £200 million since it was re-nationalised when the previous private operator handed back the franchise.

Green Party politicians are planning to hand in a petition containing 23,000 signatures calling for the service not to be franchised back to the private sector

Luton Dunstable busway to open in September

Bus services will begin operating on the Luton Dunstable busway on Wednesday 25 September. Credit: Luton Borough Council

Bus services will begin operating on the Luton Dunstable busway on Wednesday 25 September.

The project has cost £91 million pounds and will link the two town centres in just 15 minutes.

The core busway route has 6 miles of segregated bus-only road between Blackburn Road in Houghton Regis, through Dunstable and into Luton town centre.

Within this, there is a 4.8-mile section of concrete guideway has been built along the disused Luton-Dunstable railway corridor so that standard buses fitted with two small guide wheels can join and leave the track, and travel on it in both directions smoothly and safely at speeds of up to 50mph.

Luton Borough councillor Dave Taylor said: "After 20 years in the planning and three years in construction, it’s incredibly exciting to be announcing the opening date of the Luton Dunstable Busway."

Transport Secretary visits Port of Felixstowe

it's been a landmark day for the Port of Felixstowe, the UK's busiest container port. Responsible for nearly half of all the goods that come into this country, today it handled its 70 millionth container.

There are concerns that Felixstowe is being held back by traffic problems on the A14, the major road, crossing our region, linking the docks with the motorway network. And there's a warning that introducing a toll section could drive business away.

Today the Transport Minister, Patrick McLoughlin, did his best to dispel those concerns.

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