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A120 Improvements: 4 routes considered

Essex County Council has published a study of potential improvements to be made to the A120 in Essex.

It's to help provide quicker and safer travel.

A120 in Essex Credit: ITV Anglia

More than four out of five people said they believe upgrades are needed and now four options for a dual carriageway A120 between Braintree and the A12 have been assessed.

A route option will be agreed at a meeting next week.

“We now have an opportunity to make history and build a road that will benefit people’s lives for decades to come. An improved A120 would form a modern gateway to the UK for drivers, businesses and freight travelling not only within our county but across the country."

– Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council

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A new survey has found that only half of the fixed speed cameras on our roads are actually switched on.

Northamptonshire has been highlighted as one of four police forces across the country where none of their cameras are in use.

The force says it switched its 39 cameras off in 2011 but have left them in place to deter speeders.

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In Norfolk, 17 of the county's 24 cameras are switched off, while in Essex, which only provided rough figures, 33% of cameras are in use.

Back on track: The half million pound solution to autumn leaves delaying the trains

Leaves on the line make the tracks slippery meaning trains can't speed up or slow down properly. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It is the time of the year when train delays and cancellations are blamed on leaves on the line.

It may seem a poor excuse but rail companies say it can be as dangerous as black ice on the roads.

Some are already running limited services as this year's leaf fall has come early. But Greater Anglia say half a million pounds of investment means they're stopping the problem in its tracks

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Long delays on M25 as the QE2 bridge is likely to be closed into the afternoon

Drivers are being warned of long delays on the M25 after a crash on the Dartford Bridge. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There are long delays on the M25 in Essex as the Dartford Crossing QE2 Bridge is closed because of a serious crash.

Highways England traffic officers are working alongside Kent Police to clear the incident which happened just after 4am this morning.

Traffic is being diverted by using a contraflow through the Dartford tunnels.

Although two lanes are open in each direction and a contraflow in operation through the tunnels delays in the area are severe and drivers are being urged by Highways England to check conditions before they set out and plan their journeys to avoid the area if possible.

The crossing is expected to remain closed until Friday afternoon.

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