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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 13 October 2017
  2. Plans for a third 'super-sized' district council
  3. Trainer's hopes for Champions Festival victory

Live Reporting

By Caroline Kingdon

All times stated are UK

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Chris Basham celebrates his goal for Sheffield United

Sheffield United continue their fine start to the season courtesy of Chris Basham's second-half header against Ipswich.

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The weekend weather: Warm, with sunny intervals

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

A dry and cloudy night, with some clear intervals.

Feeling warm and humid for the time of the year, with temperatures only falling to 13C (55F).

Saturday will be mostly dry with a fair amount of cloud, but there should be some bright or sunny intervals.

The moderate SW wind should eventually fall light, and temperatures should reach around 20C (68F).

Weather graphic for 05:00 Saturday
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Another dry day for Sunday, with more in the way of sunshine - although high cloud may turn it hazy at times.

Temperatures could climb to 24C (75F).

Looking ahead to Mnoday - it's expected to remain largely dry and warm, with sunny spells. There's some uncertainty as to when a cold front will push in from the west, bringing the risk of a few showers and cooler air.

Bursary withdrawal hits applications to University

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

There's been a big drop in the number of applications to study nursing in Suffolk.

Figures obtained by the Sunday Politics programme show a 17% drop in applications at the University of Suffolk this year.

The slump is being put down to the decision to stop giving bursaries to nursing students.

Until this term, student nurses could claim a means tested bursary of around £5000 a year. The government withdrew it to save money and nurses are expected to fund themselves through college like all other students.

The Royal College of Nursing says it's concerned by the fall in applications at a time when there's already a shortage of nurses.

"In five years time these applicants would have been nurse leaders and in seven years time they would be nurse specialists and all that has gone over this decision to remove the bursary," said Tony Durkan from the RCN.

The government says there are still more people applying to study nursing than there are places available and it says it remains confident that it can fill all available nursing places.

Hear the thoughts of nursing students in Suffolk on the Sunday Politics programme this Sunday at 11am on BBC1.

Motorcyclist reported for dangerous driving

A 26-year-old motorcyclist has been reported for dangerous driving following a road traffic collision in Ipswich.

The incident happened at around 12:00 on Thursday, 2 August in Heatherhayes, where a motorcycle collided with a parked Nissan Micra car.

The motorcycle rider was flown by air ambulance to Addenbrooke's Hospital with a serious back injury. He is now out of hospital, but his injuries remain potentially life-changing.

He has subsequently been spoken to by police officers and reported for consideration of dangerous driving and a number of other motoring offences.

A 22-year-old man from Ipswich was arrested shortly after the incident, and charged with four offences including driving whilst using a mobile phone and driving without insurance.

He appeared before Ipswich Magistrates' Court on 21 August, and pleaded guilty to all the offences.

Ipswich Town: Folami impressing McCarthy

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Teenage striker Ben Folami's caught the eye of Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy recently.

Ben Folami
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The 18-year-old Australian, who made his senior debut in August's Carabao Cup tie at Crystal Palace, scored for the Under-23s against Bristol City on Monday.

"He's really matured," McCarthy told me. "He's certainly progressing and trains with us more often than not and he's not looking out of place. He's doing really well."

"He can handle the physical side of things, he goes up against the centre-backs here and he copes well, he's got no problems with that."

Town return to Championship action away to third-placed Sheffield United tomorrow.

Woodbridge development: 'The wrong building in the wrong place'

Councillors have delayed giving full approval to plans for the redevelopment of Suffolk Coastal's former headquarters in Woodbridge in case the scheme is called in by the government.

An application had been submitted to turn the site into 100 homes and shops.

The proposal had caused controversy, with some people saying the homes would look "like giant cheese wedges", and it's understood more than 300 objections against the application were filed online.

Woodbridge Society Chairman Alan Vaughan said the building doesn't fit in with the town.

It is going to be twice as high as any other building in Woodbridge apart from the church spires because it is a big building on top one of the few hills in Woodbridge... therefore it's the wrong building in the wrong place."

Alan VaughanChairman, Woodbridge Society

'Concerns growing' for missing teenager

Police say they're "growing increasingly concerned" for the welfare of a missing 13-year-old Dullingham teenager.

Tyler Parmar-Andrews was last seen on Monday, at the Abbey Swimming Pool, in Pool Way, Cambridge.

There have been reported sightings of him around the Grafton Centre of Cambridge, but he's yet to be found.

Tyler Parmar-Andrews
Cambridgeshire Police

He's 5'1" and was wearing a blue Puffa style jacket, a black t-shirt with "Santa Cruz" on it, light grey jogging bottoms and red Nike trainers.

It's thought he might be in the Cambridge and Newmarket areas.

'Cheese wedge' development agreed in principle

Controversial plans to redevelop Suffolk Coastal's former offices in Woodbridge have been agreed in principle today.

Councillors voted by nine votes to four in favour of the proposals to build 100 homes and shops on the site at Melton Hill.

But the final decision will come at a future meeting, pending talks on affordable housing and whether the government decides to call in the plan.

There were hundreds of objections to the plans.

The chairman of the Woodbridge Society, Alan Vaughan, says it's not a case of just being opposed to development in the town and they are happy for housing to be built on the site.

We were quite content with the proposals that were put forward in the first consultation... the proposals after that first consultation have been completely different from what a lot of people were happy with."

Alan VaughanChairman, Woodbridge Society

Babergh and Mid Suffolk councils move forward with merger plans

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

Another referendum was not ruled out by senior councillors in Mid Suffolk and Babergh.

It comes as they voted to move forward with the proposal to merge the two councils to form one.

Endeavour House
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The two cabinets met at Endeavour House, Ipswich, and agreed to progress the merger idea to see if it stacks up financially.

They also agreed to conduct a telephone poll of up to 4,000 residents to get their feedback.

But opposition councillors wanted to see a vote on the final decision to merge after a 2011 referendum on a similar plan failed to get the public's full support.

Speaking during the meeting, leader for Babergh District Council, Jennie Jenkins said they were in “listening mode”.

Nick Gowrley, leader at Mid Suffolk, said they would “not rule out another referendum” but would need to await the outcome of the public engagement and business case.

The two councils moved into Suffolk County Council's headquarters last month.

Stan Buckles and Dunstan Dowling

Superstition tells us today should be a disaster but these people say Friday 13th is their lucky day.

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Witness appeal to burglaries

Police are linking an aggravated burglary at a property in Lowestoft to an incident in Snape earlier this week.

Officers were called to an address on The Avenue at 10:40, following reports of a burglary in process. A window had been smashed which had activated the house alarm.

A man was seen leaving the property, carrying a knife, who made threats as he ran towards a grey Volvo car.

He drove the vehicle towards Blackheath Woods where it became stuck, and he ran off.

At some point between 18:30 on Tuesday and 14:30 on Wednesday, a break-in occurred at a property in Gromford Lane, Snape, in which the keys to a grey Volvo were taken.

The suspect left another vehicle, a red Vauxhall Corsa, in the driveway - this is also believed to be stolen.

Investment in mental health services

More now on the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, which has been put back in special measures.

The Department of Health has released the following statement:

"Patients in Norfolk and Suffolk deserve the highest quality mental health services and we expect the Trust to take immediate action to improve the care patients receive.

"While there are many examples of excellent mental health care across the country, there is also clearly more to do and that's why we are undertaking probably the most widespread programme of mental health transformation in Europe, supported by our rigorous inspection regime and a record investment of £11.6 billion last year for mental health services.”

The Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust base
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The Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust is based at Hellesdon Hospital on the outskirts of Norwich

The statement continues by saying the government has increased investment in mental health services.

"Since 2010, spending on mental health has risen to a record £11.6 billion this year, with a further investment of £1 billion on top of this by 2020/21 and we expect CCGs to increase their spending as set out in NHS England's Five Year Forward View."

Ipswich Town Football Club

The intruders stole giant plasma television screens from inside Ipswich Town's ground, police say.

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Horses injured with airgun

Two horses needed veterinary treatment after they were injured by an airgun.

One horse was hit in the face, and the other in the leg and face.

The incident happened in Stradishall, on Thursday 5 October sometime between 17:30 and 18:30.

Police would like to speak to two males in connection with the incident, who were seen in the village shortly before 18:00 on the same day.

One is described as 5ft 6ins (167cm) tall, around 19-years-old, skinny build and with mousy cropped hair. He was wearing jeans and a green jumper, and carrying a green canvas gun bag over his shoulder.

The second man, aged in his early 20s, about 5ft 8ins (172cm) tall, had a short beard and mousy brown hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt with a pattern, and blue jeans.

Both were described as laughing.

Police are warning horse owners in the area to remain vigilant, and are appealing for information about the incident.

Mental health trust: 'We've a lot of changes to make'

For the second time in two years, a mental health trust has been put in special measures.

As we reported earlier, the care provided by the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has been branded inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Bohdan Solomka is the medical director of the trust.

In an interview with BBC Radio Norfolk's Nick Conrad, he said they fully accept the findings of the report.

"We've got a lot of changes to make, and the support that comes with special measures will be valuable", said Mr Solomka.

The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
BBC

The Trust was first put in special measures in 2015 and taken out last year.

"Looking back, why did we improve so much and get taken out of special measures... it's not good management and ...we should have focused more on basics".

Mr Solomka said rising demand was a huge challenge, given the staffing levels that the CQC found needed to be improved on.

We still remain a caring Trust, according to the CQC... there's a lot of recognition of really hard working staff who demonstrate a lot of skilled effective treatments for our service users, who are caring and supportive at times of great crisis... but there are other areas the CQC have picked up on that we simply have to improve immediately."

Bohdan SolomkaMedical director, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Crash on Orwell Bridge causes heavy traffic

A crash on the Orwell Bridge has caused heavy traffic heading into Ipswich.

The collision between a lorry and a car happened at 08:20 and took about one hour and 20 minutes to clear, Suffolk Police said.

The Ambulance service attended but no-one was seriously injured.

Orwell Bridge
BBC

Councillors to discuss 'cheese wedge' homes

Controversial plans for homes in Woodbridge will be discussed by Suffolk Coastal District councillors today.

The houses - which have been described as giant cheese wedges - could be built on the site of the former council offices at Melton Hill.

Over 300 objections have been lodged against the proposals for 100 homes and shops.

Newmarket set to host two days of top quality racing

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Newmarket's Future Champions Festival gets underway on the Rowley Mile this afternoon.

Fillies Mile, Newmarket
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The Group One Fillies Mile, at 1535, is the feature contest.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore have won the race the last two years, and have the favourite again this time around - Happily.

The seven race card gets under way at 1350.

Trainer's hopes for Champions Festival success

Newmarket's Future Champions Festival gets under way today and thousands of racegoers will flock to the Rowley Mile to watch the world's best two-year-olds in action.

Tomorrow Newmarket's Sir Michael Stoute, who's won 10 trainers' titles, hopes to make this season his most lucrative ever.

He has already banked over £3.5m prize-money and the 71-year-old is targeting victory in the Dewhurst Stakes with red-hot favourite Expert Eye.

Sir Michael Stoute
BBC

He's won his maiden and then we put him into a Group 2 race which is a big step up and he won that very convincingly, now he's going for a Group 1 race so this is much tougher... we'll just have to see how he performs, he's in good shape and we're hoping for the best."

Sir Michael StouteTrainer

Speedway: 'Battered and bruised' Witches will fight on

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches lost 51-39 at Sheffield Tigers last night in the first leg of their Knockout Cup semi-final.

Ritchie Hawkins
Stephen Waller

It was a gutsy performance from the Suffolk side who lost Kyle Newman to a crash in his second ride, making him a doubt for tonight's second leg at Foxhall.

“We have got our three heat leaders to thank for keeping us in it, and the reserves picked up some useful points,” boss Ritchie Hawkins told the club website.

“We go into Friday night battered and bruised but in with a chance thanks to our fighting spirit and determination.

"We will keep on fighting, we have done it since March and we will carry on again tonight.”

Plans for another 'super-sized' district council

Plans to create Suffolk's third "super-sized" district council could get the go-ahead later.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk's cabinets will vote today on whether to push ahead with plans to dissolve the two authorities to create one large one.

Four other districts - Waveney and Suffolk Coastal, and Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury - have already started the process.

Weather: Feeling warm for October

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A generally cloudy and windy day, with some warm or bright spells.

It'll be mostly dry, with the chance of a few spots of light rain or drizzle.

It's very warm for the time of the year, with temperatures peaking at 19C (66F).

BBC Weather has a more localised forecast for you.

Weather: Staying dry into Friday

Staying fine and dry across the BBC East region with clear spells, but variable cloud arriving from the west.

It'll drop to 9C (48F).

Friday will be rather cloudy at times, but high pressure to south and east will bring sunny spells and highs of 20C (68F).

BBC East weather map
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Norwich school sends Lego dog and astronaut into space
The spacecraft fell into the sea, washed up in Germany and was returned to the school.

Woman sustains life-changing injuries in collision with mobility scooter

An elderly pedestrian suffered injuries that are believed to be life-changing after she was involved in a collision with a mobility scooter.

The incident happened shortly after 14:20 on Friday, 22 September on the promenade along Undercliff Road East in Felixstowe.

The pedestrian, who's in her 80s, was knocked to the ground, and suffered a laceration to her lower leg which was not initially thought to be serious. Police now say the injuries sustained may be life-changing.

They're appealing for the driver of the mobility scooter, which failed to stop at the scene, to come forward.

The driver is believed to be an elderly woman, who was wearing a cream-coloured hat and dark-coloured coat. The scooter is described as medium-sized, and blue.

It's thought the woman continued driving in the direction of the pier following the incident.

GPs 'golden hello' won't solve long-term problems, says Beccles doctor

The goverment has pledged an extra £20,000 "golden hello" to newly qualified doctors to encourage them to take up posts at GP surgeries in areas which struggle to attract new recruits.

Dr Tim Morton, of Beccles Medical Centre, said this won't solve the problem of older GPs leaving the profession.

Listen to his interview from BBC Radio Suffolk's Drivetime show.

Doctor says 'golden hellos' no help in Suffolk

'Don't pull the cord' plea if taken ill on the train

Greater Anglia passengers are being asked not to pull the emergency cord if there's a medical emergency on board a train.

The rail company and the East of England Ambulance Service have agreed a new process for their control rooms to work together to allow them to get to the aid of sick passengers as quickly as possible.

It asks passengers to either dial 999, or ask a member of staff for help, but not to pull the emergency cord.

The ill passenger would be helped off the train when it arrives at the next station.

Interior of Greater Anglia carriage
BBC

If the cord is pulled, the train might stop between stations and may be inaccessible for a conventional ambulance.

This could result in the passenger having to wait longer for medical assistance, as well as causing delays to train services.

Last year it says trains were delayed to the equivalent of seven days due to passengers becoming ill on the Greater Anglia network.

McGoldrick available for Blades fixture

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick (pictured), who had been an injury concern, is in "good shape" according to manager Mick McCarthy, who has been speaking to us today ahead of Saturday's trip to Sheffield United.

David McGoldrick
BBC

McGoldrick was substituted during the 3-1 defeat to Bristol City at the end of last month following a hamstring complaint, and played no part for the Republic of Ireland during their World Cup qualifiers last week.

"He felt his hamstring tighten against Bristol City, and bearing in mind the problems he has had with injuries, it was important he came off," said McCarthy.

"We didn't want him to tear it like last time.

"He's had a scan since then and there was no damage to it. He's trained this week and is in good shape."

The 29-year-old's availability is an undoubted boost for the Blues ahead of both this weekend's game, and the forthcoming East Anglian derby with Norwich City, with McCarthy well aware of the threat his number 10 currently poses.

"I don't know if he's played any better while he's been here," he said.

"He had a spell up front with Daryl Murphy a few years ago when they were both in their pomp, but then they both had injuries and we didn't have that partnership for a while. But he's been very good this season."

Cash will not attract new GPs long term

Doctor says 'golden hellos' no help in Suffolk
Patients should be 'exceptionally worried' about the problems faced by GP surgeries, according to a Suffolk doctor.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced £20,000 "golden hellos" for new GPs if they start their careers in areas that struggle to attract family doctors.

However, Dr Tim Morton from the Beccles Medical Centre says that throwing extra money at trainees will not help the problem - the whole system needs more cash.

He says retaining existing doctors is also important, as he is seeing colleagues leave practices long before they would have been expected to retire.

Speedway: Witches trying to tame the Tigers

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Just a fortnight after the two sides met in the first leg of the Championship Grand Final, Ipswich Witches are back at Sheffield Tigers tonight.

Ritchie Hawkins
Stephen Waller

This time it's the first leg of their Knockout Cup semi-final, with the return at Foxhall tomorrow.

The Suffolk side has drafted in Ben Barker as a guest, to cover for the injured Rory Schlein, while Connor Mountain returns from his shoulder problem.

"We have got to go with the same philosophy that we have had all year and we will go and try to perform to the best of our ability," boss Ritchie Hawkins told the club website.

"We need to cut out the mistakes we made in both legs of the [Championship Grand] final if we are going to make the cup final.

"I have confidence in the team that we can go and win the cup. We will go there looking to do the job and progress.”

Ipswich youngster aims to emulate Kop idol

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

It may come as a surprise to many Ipswich Town fans when they hear that promising midfielder Tristan Nydam (left) actually spent time playing at centre half.

Tristan Nydam and Steven Gerrard
BBC

At 5ft 8in, the 17-year-old, who has made nine appearances for the first team this season, is not the tallest.

Nydam can also operate on the left of defence or midfield, but he has been telling us that he has his sights firmly set on establishing himself in the centre of the park at Portman Road.

The England youth international also strives to emulate a player who went on to win more than 100 caps for the senior national team, as well as multiple trophies with Premier League side Liverpool.

"I've watched Steven Gerrard [pictured right] over the years and he was great in terms of the way he went about his game and how professional he was," Nydam said.

"I'd like to be like him.

"He could score a goal or two as well and I would like to add that to my game. That would be a massive part of anyone's game. We need to add goals to our midfield as well, and hopefully I can do that."

Ipswich are away to Sheffield United in The Championship on Saturday.

Ipswich critical burns victim 'set himself on fire'

A 44-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after sustaining serious burns during an incident in Ipswich last night.

Police said emergency services were called to an address in Nansen Road at around 23:10 to reports a woman had been assaulted, and a man had then set himself on fire.

The man was initially taken to Ipswich Hospital, but has since been transferred to the specialist burns unit at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford where he remains in a critical condition.

The woman sustained minor injuries during the incident.

It's believed the two people are known to each other.

'90.6% of places' in Suffolk can now access superfast broadband

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

New figures from the government show that 90.6% of premises in Suffolk now have access to superfast broadband.

Superfast broadband image
Science Photo Library

It means they should be able to access download speeds of 24 megabits per second or more.

Matthew Hancock, minister for digital services at the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, said "Getting to 90% of coverage in some of our most rural counties is good progress, but we know there's still more to do"

The government has pledged to make sure 95% of homes and businesses in the UK can access superfast broadband by the end of this year.

But Mr Hancock admitted that in rural areas it will take longer.

He's now pledged that high speed broadband (10 megabits or more) will be available everywhere by 2020.

"We've got a plan to get there so that by 2020 everyone will have decent broadband speed," he said

Elderly couple lose £21,200 following scam

An elderly couple have lost more than £21,000 after falling victim to telephone scammers, Suffolk Police are reporting.

Last Friday, a woman in Haughley near Stowmarket received a call from a man who said he was a police officer investigating a fraud.

He instructed her to withdraw £7,800 from her bank account, which was collected at 16:00.

The following day, the offender telephoned again, and asked the woman to withdraw a further £13,200. The same suspect picked up the money at around 14:00, along with £200 cash that the woman had in her house.

On Monday, bank staff intervened when the victim went to the bank to carry out a demand from the offender that she transfer money between her bank accounts.

She had also been asked to buy two Rolex watches worth £18,000 from a jeweller, but refused to do so.

The man who collected the money is described as mixed race, in his late 20s or early 30s, skinny and wearing smart black trousers and a white shirt.

It's believed he travelled to the victim's home by car.

Upgrade work to boost rail services

The project to upgrade the Ely rail junction will see both the Greater Cambridge Greater Anglia LEP and New Anglia LEP fund technical and feasibility work associated with the Ely area.

They will each provide £3.3m, along with £2.2m from the Strategic Freight Network.

This study, carried out by Network Rail, will provide options for funders to increase rail capacity and provide improvements for freight and pasenger services from King's Cross to King's Lynn, Ipswich to Peterborough, and Felixstowe to Nuneaton and beyond.

Train on tracks
BBC

The following rail lines are served by the Ely area:

  • Norwich to Thetford, Brandon and Cambridge, currently an hourly service
  • Norwich to Liverpool via Peterborough, hourly
  • Ipswich to Peterborough, two hourly
  • King's Lynn to London, half hourly at peak times, hourly at other times.
  • Wisbech to Cambridge where the track is in place and available to reopen

Gary Barlow to play in Thetford Forest

Gary Barlow is to perform live in Thetford Forest as part of next summer's open air Forest Live concert series organised by the Forestry Commission.

The singer-songwriter and record producer says he's "really looking forward" to the gig, on Friday, 8 June.

Black and white photo of Gary Barlow
Gary Barlow

Gary found worldwide fame as a member of Take That, who sold more than 45m records and more than 8m concert tickets since they formed in 1989. The group has also won eight BRIT awards.

In June, thousands of fans filled the Carrow Road stadium in Norwich, for two concerts by the act.

Gary Barlow at Carrow Road
Caroline Willington
Gary Barlow on stage at Carrow Road
Caroline Willington

Gary's last solo album, Since I Saw You Last (2013) sold more than 600,000 copies.

He has also co-written and produced music for other artists, including Robbie Williams, Sir Elton John and Dame Shirley Bassey.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale from 10:00 on Friday, 20 October.

Barlow is playing one other forest gig - at Delamere in Cheshire on Saturday, 9 June.

Ely rail junction upgrade work 'a priority'

The transport secretary Chris Grayling says work to upgrade Ely's rail junctions will be done between 2019 and 2024.

The South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss secured the promise from the minister yesterday, when she led a delegation of local MPs, train operators and business organisations to argue the work was vital for the eastern region.

MPs and business organisations with the Transport Secretary
Elizabeth Truss MP

Ms Truss said the Mr Grayling agreed the Ely programme was a priority.

She said one of the key aspects was ensuring the scheme was property costed by Network Rail and the local enterprise partnerships have agreed to provide every assistance with this.

The work will begin once the costings are finalised.

Ely serves trains heading in five directions - to Peterborough, King's Lynn, Norwich, Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge.

This will be an incredible boost to the region and the UK as a whole, investing in key infrastructure that will really transform rail travel in Norfolk."

Elizabeth Truss MP(Con) South West Norfolk