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Southend Airport to see up to 600,000 new passengers

Southend could see up to 600,000 more passengers pass through the airport. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Southend Airport has struck a deal with the airline CityJet which could see up to 600,000 new passengers pass through the airport.

CityJet will start running flights from Southend to 18 new destinations in Spring next year.

Andrew Tinkler from Stobart Group, which owns the airport, says passengers will benefit from a greater choice.

"At the moment there's something like 19 new destinations. This includes another 18, so there's more choice for our customers to have a fast, efficient, sleek service."

– Andrew Tinkler, Stobart Group


Commuters in the East face further delays in 2017

Engineering works will take place over the Christmas and News Year period Credit: ITV News Anglia

Commuters in the East of England will face further delays to train services in 2017.

There will be ten days of engineering works over the Christmas and New Year period.

Services from Cambridge to Ely, and from the Norwich to London line, will be the most affected.

Weekend services will continue to disrupted until May 2017 to allow improvements to take place. Replacement buses will operate between Essex and London.

It's part of a £250 million project to improve the reliability of the railway.

Cambridge to London rail line 'not changed since 1840s'

The campaign is calling for 60 minute journey between Cambridge and London. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A campaign is calling for improvements to one of the key commuter routes in the East of England, linking Cambridge and London.

The West Anglia Taskforce want to see trains travel from London to Cambridge in 60 minutes.

It follows the start of Greater Anglia's nine year deal to run the franchise.

Speaking at the campaign launch this morning, Rail Minister Paul Maynard said the line was "still the same as it was in the 1840s".

"You are a vital economic part of the country, yet the line is still the same as it was in the 1840s.

"Passenger growth has outpaced investment... All the recommendations from the report deserve very careful consideration."

– Paul Maynard MP, Rail Minister


Bedford commuters face major disruptions

Thameslink services between Bedford and London St Pancras International were affected. Credit: PA

Over-running engineering work has caused major disruption to commuters from Bedford.

Thameslink services between Bedford and London St Pancras International were affected.

Two of the four lines were closed, resulting in trains being cancelled or delayed, with disruption expected to continue until noon.

Some East Midlands trains were also affected.

The problem was with a tunnel near West Hampstead in north-west London.

Thameslink's owner, Govia Thameslink Railway, is embroiled in a bitter dispute with the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union over the role of conductors at its Southern franchise.

"If GTR'S parent company weren't hoarding £100 million in profits, that money could be invested in more engineers and more regular maintenance, which would help us avoid these regular, catastrophic infrastructure failures."

– Mick Cash, RMT union

"We are doing all we can to reduce the disruption this causes, complete the work and return services to normal as quickly and safely as possible."

– Network Rail spokesman

Woman in her 80s dies in Norfolk crash

The woman in her 80s died on the A11 in Norfolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman in her 80s has died in a crash in Norfolk.

It happened on the A11 at Bridgham on Thursday evening. A red Peugoet and a grey BMW were involved in the collision at the junction with Bridgham Road around 6pm.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the collision, or the manner of driving of either vehicle prior to the incident.

Corby to Kettering railway line to reopen in late October

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Helen Keenan

The Corby to Kettering railway line is due to reopen in late October following a six week closure.

There have been no hourly trains between the two towns since 10 September. A replacement bus service has been operating instead.

The line was closed to upgrade it to two tracks, but the new one won't be operational for some time.

"There is more track to go in and then crucially there's the signalling works to do. That will be complete in the February of 2018."

– Spencer Gibbens, Network Rail

Academy opens to train staff for £1.5bn A14 upgrade

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A new academy has opened in Cambridgeshire to train staff to work on the £1.5 billion upgrade of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon.

The Highways Academy allows students to learn in conditions very similar to those they'll encounter on the job.

apprentices to be trained to work on A14

The long anticipated A14 improvement scheme will upgrade 21 miles of the notoriously busy trunk road, which links the Midlands to ports in the Anglia region.

It will involve a new bypass round Huntingdon, widening the existing road and improving junctions along the whole length.

It aims to help unlock growth in the region and cut journey times by around 20 minutes.

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