Getaway relief as ports strike called off

A strike at French ports that would have severely disrupted ferry services at Dover has been called off as the great Easter getaway begins.

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North London farm appeal for shepherds

A farm in Mill Hill is appealing for volunteers to watch over their pregnant ewes during the Easter period and beyond. Belmont Children's Farm is expecting the arrival of over 200 lambs from 1st April 2013.

Lambs enjoying the outdoors Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

They also need volunteers to bottle feed lambs which are too weak to feed or haven't bonded with their mother.

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Station closed for £900m upgrade

As thousands head off for the Easter weekend, commuters who travel through Reading are being warned of disruption as the station is closed due to £900m upgrade.

There are no direct services from Swindon, Oxford and Newbury to London. Trains from Bournemouth and Southampton to the north will also be affected. Here's our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse.

Families spend big at Easter

In London, the average Easter spend per family is £2432 according to research carried out by children's charity, Action for Children. Over a third of London parents are concerned about the rising costs of the Easter break.

10% of parents nationally admitted that it's a very stressful time of year and worry about keeping their children entertained. Over the Easter period, Action for Children is hosting The Big Egg Hunt in Covent Garden.

Children taking part in The Big Egg Hunt in Covent Garden Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Parents 'under pressure' to spend at Easter

Easter chicks Credit: PA

Families in London have admitted to finding the Easter holidays stressful.

That is according to the charity Action for Children, who say parents feel under pressure to spend money on keeping everyone in the family entertained.

The study found that, on average, more than £240 is spent per family during the Easter break

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Reading Station closes over Easter

Thousands of people are expected to leave London in the next 24 hours to get away for the long Easter weekend.

But if you're heading West by train, you'll be faced with disruption and longer journeys.

That's because a new station is being built at Reading. Network Rail says passengers will see the benefit of the 900-million pound project, but bosses admit that things won't be running smoothly this weekend.Here's Mike Pearse.

17 million cars to take to the roads

17 million cars will take to the roads over Easter

The AA estimates 17 million cars will take to the roads over the holiday period, with the busiest periods expected to be this afternoon and Good Friday morning.

But they added that the roads may not be as busy as usual as the cold weather was likely to make this more of a "stay-at-home Easter".

Visit England said around 6% of the adult population were planning a break in the UK involving at least one overnight stay this Easter.

These trips were likely to generate around £600 million for the UK economy.

Weekend tube line and station closures

Most lines are affected by engineering work over the Easter weekend

CIRCLE LINE

On Monday only, there is no service between Gloucester Road and Aldgatevia Victoria as well as between Edgware Road and Hammersmith.

Additionally, Farringdon station is closed from Friday – Monday.

DISTRICT LINE

On Monday only, there is no service between Earl’s Court and Aldgate East.

HAMMERSMITH & CITY LINE

Farringdon station is closed from Friday – Monday.

JUBILEE LINE

There is no service from Friday – Monday between West Hampstead and Stanmore.

METROPOLITAN LINE

There is no service from Friday – Monday between Aldgate and Croxley/Rickmansworth/Uxbridge

Additionally, Farringdon station is closed from Friday – Monday

NORTHERN LINE

There is no service from Friday – Monday between Kennington & CamdenTown via Bank and also between Camden Town and Edgware.

The Waterloo & City line will run for longer on Friday, Saturday & Monday from 08:00 – 22:00 and on Sunday from 10:00 – 20:00 to provide an alternative route.

DLR

There is no service from Friday – Monday between Canning Town and Beckton.

LONDON TRAMLINK

On Sunday only, there is no service between Sandilands and New Addington

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