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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.

Not a single driver has been fined for idling their engines in Norwich city centre, almost a year and a half after the council granted itself powers to do so.

Two Norfolk families have hailed the extensive efforts of a travel agent and Foreign Office staff in helping bring their loved ones home from a Pacific island as a backpacking adventure was cut short by coronavirus travel bans.

The lack of flights from Australia has left a Norwich couple feeling abandoned and unsure of when they will be able to return home, as the coronavirus pandemic has seen the travel industry grind to a halt.

Public consultation over the controversial Norwich Western Link road has been postponed because of coronavirus - amid uncertainty over what the spending on the national effort to combat the virus will have on major projects.

Major repairs to a bridge that had been found in a dangerous “deteriorating” state have been completed, but repair work is set to continue at the scene for another week.

Train services between Norwich and Lowestoft are being disrupted following reports of trespassers on the rail tracks.

Temporary reduced timetables are being brought in by First buses following an 80pc reduction in passengers during the coronavirus lockdown.

Time is running out for people to have their say over almost £1.5m of changes to two Norwich streets.

Repairs and maintenance on Suffolk’s roads are continuing during the coronavirus pandemic – but highways chiefs have asked the public not to approach workers.

Roadworks across Norfolk which are not deemed to be urgent are being suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Timetable changes have been confirmed for dozens of Suffolk bus services, amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Seven more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Suffolk and a total of 51 new cases in the East of England.

Bus services in the Lowestoft, Beccles and Great Yarmouth areas are continuing to run with reduced timetables following government guidelines on social distancing.

It would cost more than £36m to bring Norfolk’s roads network up to the standards they were at more than a decade ago, council bosses have said.

Drivers will see delays as the road over a Great Yarmouth Bridge temporarily closes.

Bus services in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft will switch to temporary timetables with reduced services in light of the strict government guidelines on social distancing.

Bus services in Suffolk are the latest to be hit by the coronavirus pandemic, as reduced timetables are being rolled out.

Pensioners and disabled people in Norfolk have had time restrictions lifted on their use of free bus passes to travel around the county due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

On a Friday night, Norwich’s Prince of Wales Road is usually a hubbub of activity.

Time restrictions on bus passes for older and disabled people have been lifted during the COVID-19 crisis.

Part of a road in Great Yarmouth will close for two weeks as a zebra crossing is installed.

Stressed passengers and unprecedented levels of absenteeism are at least two of the pressures a regional bus company is under during these early days of dealing with the coronavirus.

Greater Anglia has withdrawn on-board catering and redeployed catering staff to cleaning roles, in an extra effort to reassure passengers about the safety of rail travel amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Britons have been advised against non-essential travel to anywhere in the world as the coronavirus crisis closed borders around the globe.

More than 14,600 extra bus journeys could be provided in Norfolk each year, if a bid of almost £1m to improve services is rubber-stamped.

Council bosses should go easier on drivers whose cars are damaged by pot-holes on Norfolk’s roads, when it comes to compensation claims, councillors have said.

Motorists are facing delays after a crane broke down on the A47.

More than 600 flooding problem spots on Suffolk’s roads are in need of work, new data has revealed – with 100 new issues raised this autumn and winter alone.

Motorists travelling on a busy commuter route will be faced with almost 40 extra minutes on their journey as a road is temporarily closed for three nights.

Drivers are being warned to expect delays as work is carried out on a busy road.

A call has been made for cars to once again be allowed to use city centre streets where they have been banned - despite millions of pounds having been spent to remove them.

Cambridgeshire has reported its first case of coronavirus, bringing the total now confirmed across the UK to 382, as of yesterday (Tuesday).

One of Norwich’s pedestrian shopping streets is to be dug up, in the final part of a £2.75m scheme which has made major changes to city roads.

Commuters could face delays to planned rail services following an early morning fault with the signalling system.

A stretch of road is set to be temporarily closed to allow urgent repairs to be carried out.

Motorists are being warned they could face delays as a road is to be closed and traffic diverted for gas works.

Konectbus drivers are set to hold a protest at Norwich bus station today over working 14-hour days.

A city road has been closed so that work can be done on gas mains.

A council’s focus on walking, cycling and public transport ignores the cost and unreliability of trains and buses, according to frustrated responses to a consultation on local transport.

It has taken years of preparation, planning and engineering works.

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.

People have called for bus bosses to restore a service which was temporarily suspended because of building work - and then scrapped altogether.

Opponents of road schemes are hoping the legal decision to block Heathrow Airport’s extension could prevent projects such as the Norwich Western Link and work on the A47.

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.

Lines are now open again following a train fault at Diss.

A contentious plan to put a double mini roundabout in Gorleston has been postponed after opposition from the local community.

Drivers are being warned to expect delays as work continues on a multi-million pound scheme to install new ultrafast broadband.

Train passengers are facing disruption after an accident that saw a skip truck strike a railway bridge.

A disability charity claims extended waterworks are shaking its store so much it feels like the building will collapse as it is killing passing trade.

The number of parking tickets being issued by councils across Norfolk has soared, with more than £1m raised from motorists last year.

Unregulated parking on a city estate has sparked fights between drivers and is causing “absolute chaos”, according to homeowners.

Drivers are facing delays because of roadworks on the edge of Norwich, which are due to last for the next two weeks.

Concrete barriers have been put in place to enforce a road closure - after drivers moved plastic ones which had been put in place.

Suffolk leaders have made a plea to the Chancellor of the Exchequer for better funding ahead of the upcoming Budget, as data reveals a £700million economic hit per year from A14 delays.

Hundreds of people have signed an online petition demanding plans for a double mini roundabout in Gorleston be scrapped.

One of Norwich’s busiest roads will be closed next month as part of a £220,000 scheme to put in new pedestrian crossings.

A major project at an increasingly busy junction in Gorleston will see the construction of a double mini roundabout.

Train services between Norwich and Lowestoft and Norwich to Great Yarmouth are being disrupted due to level crossing problems.

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.

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