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Airlander moves outdoors as 2018 shapes up to be a good year for blimp

The world's largest aircraft is in final preparations for its second phase of test flights.

The Airlander 10 has been built in a huge hangar in Bedfordshire - but it's starting to outgrow its home at Cardington Airfield.

Next year, it will move to a new site - Sarah Byrd's been finding out where it might be going.


Cambridge to raise parking charges

The Grand Arcade carpark in Cambridge Credit: ITV

Plans to increase parking charges in Cambridge City centre as a way to tackle congestion at peak hours have been criticised.

The council wants to raise charges between 8 and 10am, to deter drivers from entering the city. It's also planning to end charges at Park and Ride sites.

It comes as more and more people are renting out their driveway to people visiting the city, as drivers try to avoid costly charges.

Only half of speed cameras are actually switched on

Many fixed speed cameras aren't switched on. Credit: PA

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.

The only county in our region to still have all of their fixed speed cameras active is Suffolk.

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

  • Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray


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.

Britain's most bashed bridge

A railway bridge in Cambridgeshire has been named as Britain's most bashed bridge.

Over the last 8 years the bridge at Stuntney Road in Ely has been struck 113 times.

Network Rail says each time a bridge is struck it causes two hours of delays to train services.

Girl reduced to tears by racial abuse on train

Do you recognise this man? Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police want to speak to this man after two families were racially abused on a train in Hertfordshire.

A passenger got on at Stevenage and sat next to the groups.

One young girl was reduced to tears as he racially abused them.

The man got off the King's Cross to Leeds service at Grantham.

Police believe this man may be able to help their investigation.

Do you recognise this man? Credit: British Transport Police
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