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Travel : Long delays on M25 due to earlier accident

There are lengthy delays on the M25 clockwise in Surrey between junction 10 for the A3 (Wisley Interchange) and junction 11 for the A317 (Chertsey) due to an earlier accident. It's causing congestion to junction 9 for Leatherhead.

The accident happened at 10:50 this morning and traffic was stopped for a short time to removed vehilces from the outside lane to the hard shoulder.

Controversial plans to convert hard shoulders into extra lanes

Sections of the one of the busiest motorways in the South will have their hard shoulders removed to make room for more traffic.

The M25 will see its hard shoulders transformed into a 'smart lane' to manage traffic flow and improve journey times.

The motorway areas affected are on the Kent and Surrey border and in Hertfordshire.

It is hoped the improvements will ensure a 'smarter' motorway, enhanced by the latest technology.

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'Gatwick's big enough' say conservation group

A conservation group are campaigning against Gatwick's proposal to add a second runway to the airport.

Gatwick Airport Conservation Campaign (GACC) group are against Gatwick's plan for another runway, which would make the airport as large as Heathrow.

The group have already campaigned twice against Gatwick in its bid to build a second runway.

Volunteers from the group have been giving out leaflets and recruiting members outside runway exhibitions, including Crawley and Ifield.

The GACC vice chairman, Peter Barclay, said: "Many people are confused by the airport response form which has 278 boxes which you can tick but only one well-hidden little box labelled 'None of these options' if you wish to say No to a new runway."

A number of local action groups, from Tunbridge Wells to Horsham, have been formed opposing a new runway - all working with GACC. For instance, in Crawley the all-Party ‘One’s Enough’ group has been re-started: it had great success in 2003 in persuading Crawley Council to switch from a position of support for a new runway to one of unanimous opposition."

– Brendon Sewill, chairman of Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign

Gatwick sees 5% rise in passengers

The airport has seen a 5% rise in passengers in March Credit: ITV Meridian

There has been an increase in the number of passengers flying through Gatwick last month.

The West Sussex airport handled more than 2.7 million passengers in March - a 5% rise since March 2013.

The rise came despite a dip in North Atlantic traffic and no US Airways flights from Gatwick in 2013.

Gatwick bosses are hoping that the summer's launch of three new Norwegian Air Shuttle routes to America will help increase traffic to the region.

Last week, the House of Commons Transport Committee criticised Gatwick and its handling of the Christmas Eve crisis when flooding caused a power failure which led to flight cancellations.

Drivers will benefit from 'smart' M25 by end of the year

The M25 will become the countries 'smartest' motorway Credit: ITV Meridian

The M25 will become the 'smartest' motorway in the country.

Two sections of the motorway, opening this month and next, will have the hard shoulder converted into another lane for drivers to use as well as new technology that will manage traffic flow, improving the reliability of journey times.

One section is between Junction 5 and 6/7 on the Kent and Surrey border whilst the other is in Hertfordshire.

The improvements are part of a new, technology-driven generation known as 'smart motorways'.

John Martin, Highways Agency Senior Project Manager said, "Around £1.7 billion is being invested into roads in the South East by 2021.

"Most of the work to improve journeys on these stretches in Hertfordshire and Kent/Surrey is complete and we are now testing the new technology."

Drivers will be able to use the new motorway to its full potential later this year.

Life-sized statues stolen from gardens

Three life sized statues have been stolen from gardens in Surrey. The statues of deer were taken from a garden in Milford and another garden in Hindhead. Police say they were concreted to the ground.

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Life-sized statues stolen from gardens in Surrey Credit: Surrey Police

PCSO Steve Boxall said: "All of these statues are extremely heavy and would have required a large vehicle and a lot of people to carry them out of the gardens. We are appealing to anyone who may have any information about these thefts or saw any unusual activity to call Surrey Police."

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Our region biggest culprit of motorway littering

The Highways Agency have collected more than 7,500 tonnes of rubbish Credit: Highways Agency

It costs £6 million a year to collect litter on motorways, the Highways Agency has revealed.

They have collected more than 7,500 tonnes of litter from roads and is urging motorists to bag and bin their rubbish.

In February 2013, the Highways Agency collected 1,512 sacks of litter in central and southern England, which includes Hampshire, Berkshire and parts of Surrey, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and Dorset.

he Highways Agency has launched its annual "Bag it. Bin it!" campaign and is asking road users to help reduce the amount of litter on motorways and major A-roads, which can also threaten wildlife and block drains which can lead to flooding.

The Highways Agency is asking road users to be mindful of where they put their rubbish Credit: Highways Agency

Phil Barton, CEO of Keep Britain Tidy, said: "Local authorities in England already spend £1billion in street cleaning and car litter is a considerable factor in this. People should take responsibility for their environment, locally and further afield.

"Just because you are on the move is no excuse for despoiling the area you're driving through and leaving others to deal with your thoughtlessness."

Ex-soldier prepares for 100-mile ride to help veterans

An ex-soldier from Surrey is getting ready to undertake a 100-mile bike ride to help veterans with sight loss.

41-year-old Brett Parker, from Gloucestershire, will take part in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey in aid of Blind Veterans UK.

He served in the army for more than nine years and was inspired to support Blind Veterans UK after they helped one of his friends' dads - who was shot and blinded in both eyes in Kenya in 1953.

I have to say I am very nervous about taking part in RideLondon. Having said that, last year I completed a 55-mile Thames Bridges Ride on a borrowed mountain bike having done no training, which I'm hoping is an indication that I might be able to cope with RideLondon. Training is going okay, I'm just trying to build up my stamina, and fundraising is going very well - I'm always amazed by people's generosity. I'm not the best at asking for money but this was such a good cause that I felt it was worth the effort."

– Brett Parker

Countess opens new neonatal unit at hospital in Surrey

HRH The Countess of Wessex has been back to Frimley Park Hospital for the first time since she had her second child there, to officially open a new neonatal care unit.

The Countess gave birth to her son James, Viscount Severn at the Surrey hospital in 2007, and her daughter Lady Louise in 2003.

The Countess with two-week-old Nathan Hanson and his mother Louise from Camberley Credit: Frimley Park Hospital

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The new neonatal unit was finished in December. It is estimated that around 550 babies will spend sometime on the unit each year.

The Countess of Wessex was last at the hospital in 2007 Credit: Frimley Park Hospital

Police release pictures after theft of charity box

Do you know this man? Credit: Surrey Police

Police in Surrey would like help to identify a man caught on CCTV who they believe may be able to assist their investigation into a theft at St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey. A charity box safe was stolen from the hospital chapel.

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Police would like to talk to this man Credit: Surrey Police

Several enquiries have been made by officers who now believe the man shown in the CCTV images may be able to help with the investigation. The box was forcibly removed from the chapel wall, which will be costly to repair.

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