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MPs from Suffolk are hoping to persuade the government to decide on county lines when post-lockdown tiers are announced on Thursday – but there are fears the whole East of England could be considered as a single identity.

Work to build a new dual carriageway between the A12 and Stansted Airport could start in the next three to four years, a top-level meeting of business leaders and politicians heard this week.

Two footpaths in the Chantry area of Ipswich are set to be closed from the end of the month as the borough starts building two new groups of council houses on the sites of derelict lock-up garages.

Greater Anglia is set to introduce the first of its fleet of new suburban electric trains on routes in Essex within the next few weeks – but they are unlikely to be seen in the Ipswich or Colchester area until the New Year.

Businesses in the heart of Ipswich are hoping that they will be able to take advantage of a Christmas shopping bonanza after the end of the second lockdown at the start of December after details of what will happen when it eases started to emerge.

Although shops will reopen next week after the lockdown, one recent Christmas tradition in the town is not returning this year – there will be no Craft Fair in Lloyds Avenue.

The first of 41 new council homes at the former Tooks Bakery site will be ready for families to move into before Christmas, the council has revealed.

Ipswich councillor and former parliamentary candidate Elizabeth Hughes has been selected as Labour candidate to challenge Conservative Tim Passmore as Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner in next year’s election.

Home Secretary and Witham MP Priti Patel is to stay in post – and has received backing from local colleagues amid reports that an inquiry into allegations of bullying found that she had broken the rules for ministers.

Covid tests on Greater Anglia trains have found no traces of the virus – days after they were cleaned with a special chemical aimed at keeping travellers safe.

Ipswich MP Tom Hunt has backed town centre businesses who have begged the government to give early clarity on what measures it plans to ease at the end of the current lockdown on December 2.

Greater Anglia is starting to plan for the day, next year, when its new fleet of trains can start speeding up services across the region – but their full potential will only be realised when track and signalling is upgraded in the years ahead.

We’re now halfway through the second lockdown and I’m now feeling both optimistic and pessimistic about the world we will emerge into once the current restrictions end on December 2.

Ipswich council faces a £7.1million deficit caused by the coronavirus pandemic - larger than any other local authority in Suffolk.

It might not be the traditional switch-on ceremony, but Ipswich’s Christmas lights are now fully working – and there will be a “virtual” light-up ceremony performed by mayor Jan Parry on Thursday.

Ipswich MP Tom Hunt has backed an anti-lockdown Covid Recovery Group of Conservative backbenchers calling for no further national shutdowns amid the coronavirus crisis.

Greater Anglia has been carrying just under a quarter of its normal numbers of passengers during the second lockdown according to figures released by the rail company.

Railway stations across Suffolk and Essex have been awarded “Safe and Secure” accreditation in a project run by Greater Anglia and the British Transport Police.

A massive operation to clear containers full of PPE from Felixstowe Port is now under way – with 1,000 containers moved in a week.

Groundbreaking research carried out in Suffolk has provided a breakthrough which could help reduce cases of type two diabetes.

Road transport contributes far more to East Anglia’s pollution than it does in other parts of the country according to figures from the new body representing transport authorities across the region.

Household mixing has been blamed for rising coronavirus infection rates in Ipswich - sparking fears the town may face tougher restrictions at the end of the national lockdown.

Suffolk County Council is set to get nearly £1.7m to improve cycling and walking routes in towns – especially Ipswich – in the government’s latest bid to encourage more people to leave their cars at home in the wake of the pandemic.

Students from Suffolk New College in Ipswich have had the opportunity to take part in an online discussion with a member of the House of Lords as part of a scheme to make Westminster more accessible.

I’ve never been a fan of Donald Trump and I was disappointed when he was elected President of the USA four years ago. I think the world will be a better, and safer, place with Joe Biden sitting in the White House.

Princes Street Fire Station in Ipswich closes on Thursday to allow it to be rebuilt as a “blue light hub” for both firefighters and the police over the next year.

Hopes are rising that the £500m upgrade of the region’s worst rail bottleneck will soon get the go ahead – allowing more trains to run from Ipswich to Peterborough and more cross-country freight services to operate from Felixstowe.

Suffolk is viewed by many as being relatively prosperous, but the Hidden Needs report reveals that image masks deprivation in communities. And now there is a call for the county to work together to tackle it.

“Shocking” research shows that parts of Suffolk ranked as some of England’s most deprived over a decade ago have failed to improve – with 75,000 people experiencing ‘income deprivation’.

A new factory on Ipswich’s Futura Park is rapidly taking shape and should be ready to start production in spring 2021.

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