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Essex MPs 'pleased' that report doesn't recommend extra Stansted runway

Stansted Airport. Credit: PA

Essex MPs have welcomed a long awaited report into airport capacity, saying they are pleased it doesn't recommend an extra runway at Stansted.

The airport commission says Heathrow is the best option for a new runway.

But the report does indicate that passenger numbers at Stansted will increase over the next 15 years.

"I think Manchester Airports group are far more responsive to the public than their predecessors as the owners of Stansted, and there is on the whole a pretty cordial relationship.

I think it would only start to become strained some years down the line if a second runway was talked about."

– Sir Alan Haselhurst MP, Saffon Walden

Warning of train delays due to heat

A track buckled due to heat Credit: Network Rail

Abellio Greater Anglia and Network Rail are warning there could be some delays in train services because of the hot weather.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) some services will have speed restrictions imposed.

"As a result of the high temperatures forecast for Wednesday 1 July, speed restrictions will be in place between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield / Southend Victoria for some of the day. These are measures introduced by Network Rail to protect the infrastructure. To assist in minimising delays, there are also some alterations planned to the evening peak timetable. We would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience these temporary timetable changes may cause."

– Abellio Greater Anglia spokesperson


Anger over halting of rail improvement plans

Stations like Kettering in Northamptonshire would have benefited from electrification of the line. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Plans to electrify the Midland mainline rail route between Bedford and the East Midlands have been put on hold by the Government.

The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin told MPs the planned upgrade is being paused to allow Network Rail to concentrate on other projects

The Conservatives had promised the electrification would be completed by 2020 and even had a pledge in their General Election manifesto.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson

Long delays on M1 in Luton after van and lorry crash

The M1 is closed northbound between junctions 10 and 11. Credit: Beds, Cambs & Herts Roads Policing Unit

There are severe delays on the M1 in Bedfordshire following an crash between a van and a lorry. The road is closed northbound between junction 10 for Luton Airport and junction 11 for Luton and Dunstable.

The Highways Agency is warning motorists to avoid the area and allow extra time for their journey.

Those travelling to Luton airport are affected as there are significant delays on the diversion routes and traffic is queuing back to junction 7 for St Albans.

The M1 is closed northbound between junctions 10 and 11. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Police and Highways England Traffic Officers are currently at the scene dealing with the incident.

The motorway is likely to remain closed for some time while a police investigation is carried out. The M1 will fully reopen as soon as it is safe to do so."

– Highways Agency


Northants MPs 'disappointed' with delay to rail upgrade

Kettering MP Philip Hollobone and Wellingborough MP Peter Bone. Credit: ITV News

Electrification of rail lines in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire put on hold

Electrification of rail lines in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire put on hold Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS

A £38 billion five year plan to overhaul Britain's railways is being "reset" because it is "costing more and taking longer", Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has told MPs.

Electrification work will be "paused" on the Midland mainline.

"On the Midland mainline, better services can be delivered on that line before electrification with things such as speed improvement works.

"So work on electrification will be paused. I want it to be done and done well. It will be part of our future plans for the route.

– Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary

£5m project to improve roads and relieve flooding in Jarwick

£5m is being spent improving roads and drainage in Jaywick. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A £5million scheme to improve the roads and drainage around Jaywick near Clacton in Essex is to begin early in July.

The improvement works will be carried out by Essex County Council’s highways engineering partner, Ringway Jacobs, which has subcontracted the work to the John Henry Group.

"We pledged to invest in Jaywick and we are now delivering on that promise with a £5million investment to improve roads and drainage over two years.

“This work will vastly enhance the roads and appearance of the area and make Jaywick less susceptible to flooding.”

– Cllr David Finch, Leader, Essex County Council
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