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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.