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    Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J13 for A421 and J14 for A509 affecting J12 for A5120.

    M1 Bedfordshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J13, A421 (Bedford) and J14, A509 (Milton Keynes), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J12, A5120 (Flitwick).

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  2. MK Windrush man refused British citizenship

    A 82-year-old Milton Keynes man, from the Windrush generation, who spent more than 50 years in this country has had his request for British citizenship turned down.

    The Home Office rejected Clayton Barnes's case saying he had been out of the country for eight years - having gone to Jamaica in 2010, only to find his re-entry blocked when he tried to return in 2013.

    In May this year he was allowed to return and is free to travel abroad again, but he has been told he will have to wait five years to get citizenship.

    His Conservative MP, Ian Stewart, has said he will take his case up with the Home Secretary.

    A Home Office spokeswoman said: "Mr Barnes was supported by our dedicated taskforce to return to the UK as a returning resident and was granted a biometric residence permit, confirming his right to remain in the UK indefinitely, on 18 May 2018."

  3. We're really saying something, AmpRocks will rock!

    I Heard A Rumour that it's not going to be a Cruel Summer, but we are Really Saying Something that Ampthill will be rocking tonight.

    Thousand of music lovers will be heading to the Bedfordshire market town to see the ultimate girl band of the 80s, Bananarama, along with Reef and Example at AmpRocks.

    Ian Scarr, festival chairman, said: "This is our ninth year, and each year we just seem to get bigger and better acts coming along as our reputation increases across the country."

  4. Car crashes at Bedfordshire car wash

    A car has collided with a car wash in Shefford near Biggleswade.

    Police said they were called at about 09:30 and two other vehicles were also damaged.

    No-one was injured, but they said a structural engineer has been called to assess the building.

    A commet on Twitter said "That might not polish out..."

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  5. Govia Thameslink declassifies first class train carriages

    Govia Thameslink has announced that from today, first class carriages on Thameslink and Great Northern routes will be declassified during peak times until 15 July when a new interim timetable is introduced.

    Commuters on a railway station platform

    Trains on the Thameslink and Great Northern network have been subject to delays and cancellations since new timetables were introduced on 20 May, and the training of drivers on the new routes and trains continues.

    The decision comes after a letter sent to Secretary for Transport Chris Grayling from several MPs whose constituents have been affected including Gavin Shuker (Labour, Luton South), Bim Afolami, (Conservative, Hitchin & Harpenden) and Alistair Burt (Conservative, North East Bedfordshire).

    Mr Burt said he was "delighted" about the "sensible decision".

    "Pleased to have at least achieved this small concession for my constituents struggling through this awful disruption," he said.

  6. Busy motorists cause Bucks road repair delays

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Motorists have been blamed for the delay in roads being repaired in Buckinghamshire.

    David Coupe, from the county council's Transport for Bucks (TfB) department, said "The increased traffic in the county's roads makes it more difficult to carry out the repairs."

    Last year, TfB fixed a 38,000 potholes, but this year it is expected to increase to 44,000.

    In April councillors agreed to release £1.2m from reserves and invest a total of £20m into the county's roads.

    Road in Hardwick, Buckinghamshire
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    Severe disruption: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J25 for A10 and J24 for A111.

    M25 Greater London - Stationary traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of a broken down car and all traffic being temporarily held.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  8. Lewis Hamilton won't be drawn on his 'singing' debut


    Lewis Hamilton

    The F1 champ has refused to confirm nor deny reports that he is a secret performer on Christina Aguilera's new album.

    In Thursday's MNL we told you about reports he had recorded some slinky R&B vocals, under a pseudonym on a track called Pipe from her latest album.

    Now, Lewis who counts Xtina as a pal (and used to date Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger) has been questioned directly about the stories ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix.

    "My sole goal right now and focus is fully Formula One," he told Reuters,

    The 33-year-old four-time world champion added: “It’s not really something I want to speak about, I’m here really to talk and focus solely on trying to win this championships and that’s really where all my energy is at the moment."

    Most definitely no then... a firm no then, and when pressed on that, he added: “I don’t really know what to say.”


  9. Investigation into suspended Tory councillors 'ongoing'

    Jasmine Rapson

    Buckinghamshire Local Democracy Reporter

    Conservative chiefs have remained tight-lipped over the reasons for the suspension of three local councillors from the group in April during an investigation.

    Councillors Roger Reed, Jacquetta Lowen-Cooper and Barry Harding were told to step aside from the Conservative group which sits on South Bucks District Council (SBDC), pending investigation.

    This week SBDC confirmed that an investigation, led by the Conservative group, was ongoing.

    South Bucks District Council

    In April, "twin-hat" councillors, who also serve on the county council, including Mr Reed, left a district council meeting after receiving an email which suggested those who supported plans for a single unitary "super council" for Buckinghamshire were not allowed to take part in a major debate.

    It is not clear if the suspensions are related to unitary discussions.

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    Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, between J17 for A412 and J16 for M40.

    M25 Hertfordshire - Slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J17, A412 (Maple Cross) and J16 M40, because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  11. Aylesbury Vale council leader resigns

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    One of the leading figures behind the campaign to create two councils in Bucks as part of a major authority shake-up has resigned as leader of his district council.

    An email was sent to Aylesbury Vale district councillors on Thursday announcing that Neil Blake had stepped down.

    Mr Blake joined other district leaders across the county in formulating plans for two unitary authorities for Buckinghamshire, in a bid to modernise the "outdated" two-tier local government structure.

    The proposals rivaled Buckinghamshire County Council's plans to scrap all district councils in favour of one unitary authority.

    Deputy leader Angela Macpherson will now take on the role until a new leader is elected, while a final decision on council reorganisation is expected to be announced by the government over the summer.

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    Severe accident: A414 Hertfordshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A414 Hertfordshire eastbound severe accident, between A1170 Pepper Hill and A414.

    A414 Hertfordshire - A414 in Hailey closed and queuing traffic eastbound between Amwell Roundabout and the A414 junction, because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time