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Road safety campaigners call for 50mph limit on parts of A14

It's been the scene of some serious accidents this summer, and now road safety campaigners are calling for the speed limit on parts of the A14 to be reduced to 50 miles an hour.

The road safety charity Brake welcomes the idea, saying slower speeds save lives, The proposed 50 mile an hour limit would apply to the stretch of road between Cambridge and Huntingdon, but not everybody is keen on the idea.

Elodie Harper has this report:

Stansted Airport at the centre of security scare after 'suspicious package' discovery

Stansted Airport in Essex. Credit: PA

Stansted Airport was at the centre of a security scare last night (July 31) after a "suspicious package" was found in a cargo facility.

Army bomb disposal experts were called in after the package, which was due to be loaded onto a plane, was detected on scanners by FedEx staff.

Staff had to be evacuated and cargo flights were suspended, but passenger flights weren't affected.

However, the incident was stood down shortly after midnight and Essex Police have confirmed this morning that the package contained nothing malicious.

"Police were called shortly before 8pm on Friday, July 31 following the discovery of a suspicious package at the FedEx cargo facility near Stansted Airport.

A cordon was put in place while enquiries were carried out. EOD attended, assessed the package and confirmed that it contained nothing of concern.

The incident was stood down and cordons removed shortly after midnight on Saturday, August 1."

– Essex Police spokesperson

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Plans for the site of the demolished Northampton bus station

There are plans to develop the site of the former Greyfriars bus station in Northampton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Plans are being made in Northampton to use the now cleared site of the old Greyfriars bus station in the town.

It's a question many people who live and work in Northampton have been wondering since the building, regarded by many as an eyesore, was demolished back in March.

Work to clear the site is now complete and it's planned replace it with what's being called a "once in a generation opportunity to transform the area".

Train delays affecting Cambridge, Stansted, Hertford and Bishop's Stortford

Train delays affecting Cambridge, Stansted, Hertford and Bishop's Stortford Credit: Cathal McNaughton/PA Archive

There are delays to train services from Hertford East, Bishop's Stortford, Stansted Airport and Cambridge towards London Liverpool Street because of a fault with the signalling system at Tottenham Hale.

Trains have to run at reduced speed on some lines.Train services running through this station may be cancelled or delayed by up to 50 minutes.

Abello Greater Anglia says the disruption is expected until 8pm on Thursday 30 July.

The train company says the delays and cancellations are only affecting train service inbound to London but this may delay services departing London Liverpool Street. Some services may be diverted via Seven Sisters or terminate before the advertised destination.

CCTV footage shows driver failing to see pedestrian crossing the road

CCTV footage of a driver failing to see pedestrian crossing the road has been released by Essex Police.

A man has been convicted of causing death by careless driving after he failed to see the man crossing the road in Jaywick in Essex.

Alan Baker, who is 73 and from Brooklands in Essex, had previously pleaded not guilty.

He was later found guilty by a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday.

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Day of transport misery as Northamptonshire town named as best value for commuting

Traffic jams and rail delay across the region. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's been a day of misery for commuters using road and rail links across the region after a series of incidents caused huge delays for thousands of people.

On the roads, some of the worst congestion was seen on the M1 after a crash at Milton Keynes. Problems too on the A14 near Cambridge, which also led to congestion on the M11.

Meanwhile trains stopped running between Milton Keynes and London after a person was hit by a train. And services from Cambridge and Bishop's Stortford to London were affected by problems to overhead lines.

It came on the day that a new survey named Wellingborough as the town which offers the best deal to commuters when comparing factors such as house prices and the cost and time of travelling to London.

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

Train line between Peterborough and Ely could be made a community rail service

The train line between Peterborough and Ely could be made a community rail service. Credit: Department for Transport

Rail users on the train line between Peterborough and Ely could be given more say in how its run after the government announced plans to turn it into a community rail service.

The Hereward Line runs for 29 miles through Manea, March and Whittlesey.

If it is designated a community service, local people could have more say over the design and operation of passenger services.

"By designating the Hereward line as a community rail service, we can breathe new life into this route, ensure its long term future, and improve connections that will help grow the local economy."

– Claire Perry, Rail Minister

Nineteen rail lines around the country have been designated as community lines since 2005 including the Wherry Lines services between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft and the East Suffolk Lines between Ipswich, Felixstowe and Lowestoft.

11 miles of queuing traffic on M1 with delays of an hour

Long delays on the M1 near Milton Keynes with 11 miles of queuing traffic. Credit: Lee Georghiou / ITV News Anglia

The M1 near Milton Keynes has 11 miles of queuing traffic and delays of up to an hour after a multiple vehicle crash.

There is congestion between junctions 12 and 14 northbound which the Highways Agency expects to continue until lunchtime.

One lane is closed while accident investigation work continues.

Police are investigation the crash near Milton Keynes. Credit: Lee Georghiou / ITV News Anglia

Rail delays between London, Bishop's Stortford and Cambridge

There are rail delays between Cambridge, Bishop's Stortford and London Liverpool Street. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive

There's rail disruption on Abellio Greater Anglia trains between London Liverpool Street and Bishop's Stortford and between Liverpool Street and Cambridge due to overhead line problems at Broxbourne.

The issue is also affecting the Stansted Express serving the airport.

Services may be cancelled or delayed by 60 minutes. Disruption is expected until midday.

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