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Frantic Friday – travel updates for Suffolk and north Essex for the great Christmas getaway

PUBLISHED: 06:25 22 December 2017 | UPDATED: 06:25 22 December 2017

Traffic on the A14 (stock image). Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Traffic on the A14 (stock image). Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

As many prepare to wrap up working for the festive break, we bring you live travel updates for Suffolk and north Essex ahead of the great Christmas getaway – which has been dubbed as Frantic Friday.

The live stream below will give you the latest on the roads and rails for Friday, December 23.

According to the AA, an estimated 13 million motorists across the UK plan to drive more than 20 miles, with Christmas shopping traffic combined with festive holidaymakers.

Advice from the road organisation is for people to check before they travel and to use alternative routes or set off at a quieter time if possible.

Highways England has lifted almost 400 miles of roadworks across the country to help minimise disruption, with Essex and Suffolk county councils also following suit and suspending all but emergency works from tomorrow.

The AA has also reiterated general winter driving advice, such as checking your lights are working, that windscreen wash and anti-freeze levels are topped up, and that tyres are at the correct pressure.

• Spotted an incident on the roads? Let us know, if it is safe and legal to do so, by emailing newsroom@archant.co.uk

Health leaders have pledged to at least halve the number of people who die in hospital in Suffolk and north-east Essex by 2021.

A parking price war is about to break out in Ipswich as the town’s new Crown multi-storey car park nears completion.

The new royal baby will be sharing his birthday with a number of new additions across our region.

A man accused of stabbing a homeless man in Ipswich town centre has been jailed for seven and a half years.

New mental health beds for children and young people are set to open in the region after a review found current services were not enough.

A recovering addict who credits yoga with pulling him out of the darkness has revealed plans to start his own business in Suffolk to help others tackle their demons.

A murder investigation has been launched after the discovery of a man’s body within a Colchester car park this morning.

Anglia Retail Park on the edge of Ipswich is set to be full for the first time in years by the end of the summer as furniture and household retailer Dunelm moves to the site.

Wildlife experts fear important sites across Suffolk could be “irrevocably damaged” if they are not protected when planning laws are revised.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have shown off their new baby son outside St Mary’s Hospital in London.

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