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Airline back on track in time for summer schedule

Luton based airline Monarch say it's on course to return to profit this year following a rescue package of more than £100 million and hundreds of redundancies.

The carrier has reduced its fleet by eight planes to 34 and will end long-haul and charter flights this summer as it turns itself into a short-haul airline.

It was rescued last year by family investment firm Greybull Capital, who pumped £125 million into the loss-making company. The business also axed 700 jobs.

Monarch Airlines set to return to profit Credit: Press Association

Train delays in Essex after lightning strike

Lightning strikes in Essex in the hours to 4.35pm on Sunday 20 July 2014. Credit: Met Office

There are train delays of up to an hour on Greater Anglia services between Stratford and Southend Victoria in Essex due to lightning strike.

Lines in both directions are blocked and trains may be delayed by up to 60 minutes. Engineers are en route to assess the problem.


Work to improve A120 in Essex will bring delays

Roadworks are starting on the A120 at Little Bentley, Essex on Monday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Drivers are being warned of delays on the A120 in Essex from Monday because of roadworks.

The Highways Agency says safety work will start on the A120 at Little Bentley between Colchester and Harwich and last for 10 days.

There will be lane closures between 8.30am and 4.30pm on the eastbound carriageway at the A133 Hare Green Interchange.

New signs are being erected along with foundation posts for average speed cameras which will be installed at a later date. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time for travel.

Long delays on trains to London from Norwich and Cambridge

Various problems on the rail line between Norwich and London are causing major delays. A tree on overhead lines also disrupted trains between Cambridge and London.

A signalling and points fault earlier at London Liverpool Street was preventing access to and from platform 7 to 10. Train services on all Abellio Greater Anglia routes into London are affected by this problem.

West Anglia route services serving Stansted Airport, Bishop’s Stortford and Cambridge are being disrupted because of a tree on the overhead wire earlier on the London bound line between Stansted Airport and Sawbridgeworth.

Trains on these routes will be altered, or cancelled at short notice. The tree obstructing the overhead wires has now been removed but disruption is expected until 10.30am.

Suffolk: Chaos for people travelling to Latitude festival following serious A12 collision

Police have had to close a northbound stretch of the A12 at Yoxford. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man's in a life threatening condition following a crash between a car and lorry at Yoxford in Suffolk this afternoon.

The driver of the car has been airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

The lorry overturned into a nearby field, but the driver wasn't hurt.

Police have had to close a northbound stretch of the A12 at Yoxford, but the southbound carriageway is also being affected.

The closure is causing disruption for traffic heading to the Latitude Festival at Henham Park near Southwold.

The closure is causing disruption for traffic heading to Latitude Festival. Credit: PA

Drivers are being told to avoid the area and the road is expected to be closed until at least 7pm.


Travel disruption between Norwich and Liverpool Street after person hit by train

Greater Anglia say trains between Liverpool Street and Norwich may be cancelled. Credit: PA

Train services between Norwich and London Liverpool Street are being disrupted after a person was hit by a train near Diss.

Greater Anglia say trains between Liverpool Street and Norwich may be cancelled, delayed, or revised at late notice.

They also say Liverpool Street to Norwich services are terminating, and starting, at Stowmarket in Suffolk.

Replacement buses are now starting to run between Stowmarket, Diss and Norwich.

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