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Network Rail has appealed to recently-retired signal staff across the region to consider coming back to work to support the industry in case there are staffing problems because of the coronavirus crisis.

Nearly 175 years of tradition has come to an end on East Anglia’s railways with the last regular locomotive-hauled passenger services coming to an end with no ceremony.

Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles has sent out a video message to passengers pledging to improve reliability – but insisting that his company deserved to win a top award for improved services last year.

Suffolk’s largest public sector infrastructure project still hasn’t got the formal go–ahead because of government delays caused by Brexit and the coronavirus crisis.

Greater Anglia is facing a race against time to get enough new Intercity trains into service to meet the government’s deadline to retire its existing carriages.

East Anglia is no longer in a drought after months of above average rain – but environment officials would still like to see more water added to groundwater reserves.

Business leaders, MPs and council chiefs have come together at Westminster to try to force the government to keep East Anglia’s infrastructure needs at the top of the agenda when it looks at boosting spending across the country.

Network Rail has apologised to passengers and promised to review the way it carries out work in the Lowestoft area after it cut off the East Suffolk Line during Tuesday morning’s peak period.

The government has announced it wants to ‘reverse Beeching’ by reopening long-closed railway lines – and has allocated a £500m to look at possible projects. Two lines in northern England have so far been identified.

The rail line to London will be closed most weekends until after Easter – and Network Rail has given passengers less than 24 hours notice of the problems to come.

The last Suffolk properties without superfast broadband could be connected by 2022 if a new deal is approved by council chiefs next week.

While 2019 was one of the sunniest and warmest years on record in East Anglia, rainfall in the region was only average despite the deluge of the last three months.

The new trains introduced on Greater Anglia’s rural routes were not the cause of the signalling problems that have plunged services into chaos over the last few weeks, the company said today.

Rural rail services in East Anglia have eased – but now Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey has asked for her cabinet colleague Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to intervene to try to improve things further.

Greater Anglia has run out of trains operating on its rural services across the region – forcing the cancellation of direct services between Ipswich and Peterborough for the time being.

Nearly 6,000 pupils in Suffolk are being taught in schools whose last inspection showed them to be inadequate according to new figures unveiled by the county council.

We’ve never been on a cruise before – but when my wife Judy and I were offered the chance to spend seven days with Ipswich-based Fred. Olsen on its Boudicca ship sailing from Dover to Tenerife we simply couldn’t resist.

Emergency services were called to a house in the Brandon area of Suffolk on Saturday morning after what appears to have been a chemical incident.

Greater Anglia was one of the most improved rail companies in Britain for punctuality and reliability over the first three months of the current financial year according to the government’s Office of Road and Rail.

Cabinet minster Therese Coffey has come under fire from the Kennel Club after it emerged she has used a controversial “e-collar” which could soon be banned by her own government to train her new pet.

Suffolk Conservative MP Peter Aldous has warned that the expulsion of 21 senior members of the party has sent out the signal that the Tories are no longer a “broad church,” welcoming a spectrum of political views.

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