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Transport Secretary in Felixstowe

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin at the Port of Felixstowe Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, is back in the region today to visit the Port of Felixstowe. He'll see the 70 millionth container arrive at the Suffolk port. He's there to recognise the importance of the shipping sector to the British economy.

The Port of Felixstowe has been the UK's leading container port for over 30 years Credit: ITV News Anglia

The milestone follows the opening in June of the port's third rail terminal, the new North Rail Terminal, which will double rail capacity at the port. Felixstowe is the UK's main port for exports to the growing markets of South East Asia.


Appeal for money to repair damaged roads

The Local Government Association has witten to the Treasury asking for more money to repair potholes.

Damage to our roads is costing businesses around £5 billion a year and some local roads might have to close unless more Government money is made available for resurfacing, said the LGA.

It added: "Further severe weather could now lead to a tipping point in many areas where roads will become so damaged they will have to close."

The LGA has written to Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander asking him to provide greater capital funding for road maintenance.

Potholes making our roads "unusable"

Today we're talking potholes.

Highways bosses are warning that another severe winter and many of our local roads will become "unusable".

We want to know:

  1. What are your experiences with potholes?

  2. Where in the Anglia region are the worst roads?

  3. And what would you like to see done about it?

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QUIZ: Are you up to speed with the rules of the road?

Drivers who hog the middle lane or tailgate other cars face on-the-spot fines of £100 and three points on their licence, under new plans to tackle motoring offences to be announced today.

The fine for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving or not wearing a seat belt will also rise from £60 to £100

How up to speed are you when it comes to the rules of the road? Test your knowledge with this short quiz: (Answers below).



RAC: Raising mobile phone fine to £100 'justifiable'

Anti-social behaviour is as big a problem on the roads as it is in wider society. Giving police more discretion to act, and freeing up resources to allow them to do so by cutting procedural delays in court, is good news.

We are also pleased to see that the stick is accompanied by the chance of re-education for moderate offenders.

Raising the fine level to £100 is justifiable to tackle the plague of handheld mobile phone use which slows drivers' reaction times even more than being at the drink-drive limit or taking cannabis.

– Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation
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