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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.

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Breanne Cook has taken over as manager of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s (NSFT) Recovery College, which runs courses on topics such as wellbeing and life after illness to help support patients.

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