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Holden is a name associated with the motor trade in Norfolk for 90 years. Motoring editor Andy Russell chats to current CEO Tim Holden, third generation in the family motor group, about how it has become a nationally-recognised driving force.

John Wyatt’s 1955 Ford Popular never failed him, as he travelled between bases while in the Fleet Air Arm, and doubled up as a camp bed.

Allen Symonds’s route into motorsport was a 1960s Hillman Imp which sometimes saw him racing again the father of a future Formula One world champion.

A lorry broken down on the A11 is causing delays for motorists this morning (November 13).

Drivers using the A11 to get in and out of Norfolk will face diversions when the Fiveways roundabout at Mildenhall is closed.

New figures have revealed the millions of pounds Norwich City Council is making from its car parks - but council leaders have said the money is desperately needed to preserve services.

Members of the public are being advised by police not to approach a prisoner who has absconded from Hollesley Bay.

As diesel car registrations drop, more and more motorists are becoming aware of the benefits of hybrid cars and how easy they are to drive. Toyota’s pioneering role in hybrid technology means nearly half its total sales now combine petrol and electric power, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Network Rail is to spend £2.2bn maintaining and replacing infrastructure in East Anglia – but there is still no commitment to the improvements needed to bring the main line to London into the 21st century.

A large dead deer was left to rot for three weeks in the middle of a busy road before it was removed.

A pair of horses which caused “havoc” when they began roaming free in rush hour traffic, have been led to safety by passers by.

Owning a Vauxhall Viva proved educational for Bob Hobbs – engine problems while on holiday in France led to a lifelong study of speaking French.

MG fan Alistair Shaw has brought an MGB GT Jubilee, which celebrated the famous British sports car marque’s 50th anniversary, back to life just how it would have been when it rolled down the production line. Motoring editor Andy Russell says it was a labour of love.

Investigations have started into why a city pavement and road are sinking into the ground.

Parking passes could be trialled in a town centre in a bid to support businesses in Lowestoft.

A bus company’s plan to withdraw a service because of “unsustainable losses” has been branded a “disaster” by a county councillor.

Up to 10,000 people are expected to descend on Norwich for this year’s Big Boom spectacular.

The potential routes - and the multi-million pound price tags - for the road which would join the Norwich Northern Distributor Road to the A47 have been revealed.

Delays and cancellations are causing problems for train passengers this morning.

Concerns over the number of deaths and serious injuries on Norfolk’s roads looks likely to spark a fresh approach to road safety in the county.

A road in north-west Norfolk will be closed for five days to allow for repairs.

About £120,000 is to be spent to replace damaged signs and kerbs on several controversial roundabouts on the Norwich Northern Distributor Road, following a succession of crashes.

The Skinner family are great brand ambassadors for Kia and NMG in Norwich with Colin and Brenda Skinner taking delivery of cars number 13 and 14.

Drivers have been experiencing long delays as two weeks of landscaping started at a key Great Yarmouth roundabout this morning.

Four cars were involved in a pile-up earlier this morning which resulted in one lane on the A47, New Road towards Great Yarmouth being partially blocked off.

Footage has captured the moment a car drove the wrong way down the A47.

A report on the condition of a footbridge which was closed on safety grounds has found it suffered “severe corrosion” – but can be reopened once “temporary measures” are completed.

People have expressed their shock after footage emerged of four teenagers crossing the Bascule Bridge in Lowestoft while the barrier was down.

Holden Group, the Norwich-based family motor dealerships business, celebrates its 90th anniversary next month with special deals for loyal customers and recognition from its valued employees.

A Great Yarmouth road will be reduced to one-way traffic for four weeks as £70,000 worth of improvements are made.

Rail company Greater Anglia is phasing out paper tickets for season ticket holders – replacing them with plastic smart cards that can be swiped at barriers.

The changes to the clocks this weekend means deer movement will coincide with peak commuting hours, increasing the likelihood of motorists seeing and colliding with a deer.

Four weeks of closures will take place on a busy Great Yarmouth road from Monday.

A driving instructor is to provide free training for people on how to navigate the NDR’s roundabouts after witnessing so many near-misses.

Works to resurface Norwich Road in Dereham have now started, with the road set to be closed for a total of four days between 9:30am and 4pm.

A two-month road closure in Hellesdon, which began on Monday, has seen traffic grind to a halt along the diversion route.

A ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ lot of classic cars and bikes was sold for nearly £300,000 at auction.

Disruption continues as train resignalling work between Norwich and Great Yarmouth forces travellers to use bus replacement services.

After a summer travelling around in a Renault 4L camionnette, running market stalls in France, it transported Sylvie Wheatley to university where she experienced a scary moment with a sleepy ‘stowaway’.

A roundabout near Norwich is set to close for three days so roadworks can be carried out.

The automotive industry is shocked at disappointed the Government is cutting the plug-in car grant. Motoring editor Andy Russell says that with the demise of diesel it should be stepping up incentivising switching to electrifed vehicles.

Train services in and out of Lowestoft have resumed after a signalling fault caused services to be cancelled.

Drivers are facing delays on the A47 in Gorleston after a two vehicle crash this morning.

An overturned lorry has closed the A11 in both directions this afternoon according to Highways England.

Drivers have been dealing with another traffic lights failure in the Great Yarmouth borough, this time at a busy junction in Gorleston.

Rail services on Greater Anglia have effectively received an £80m subsidy over the last year - from Dutch taxpayers.

A busy road in Norwich has reopened ahead of schedule after a sewer collapse saw it closed.

The first phase of work in a major shake-up in how traffic uses the Prince of Wales Road area of Norwich will start later this month.

Detailed designs for the Lake Lothing Crossing in Lowestoft are set to begin soon, as the final evaluation of shortlisted contractors has been completed.

Highways bosses have pledged to consider “all possible solutions” to a bridge closure, amid major concerns in the communities which rely on the crossing .

Bob Vousden had a hairy moment after tackling the hairpin bends on a mountain road when the brakes failed in his well loaded Morris 1000.

Temporary traffic lights have left rush hour motorists heading into Norwich on the A140 facing tailbacks of five miles less than a month after similar delays.

Police have confirmed a 19-year-old local man has died following an accident on the A14 in Suffolk.

Motorists in Dereham have been facing further delays following the commencement of more roadworks on Yaxham Road.

Concerns have been voiced over the potential impact that 255 new homes in Dereham could have on traffic congestion in the town.

Workers in a busy Norwich road that has been closed for emergency repairs have hit out about a lack of warning about the road closure.

A busy road in Dereham will close later this month after more roadworks were announced.

The “almost daily” cancellation of early morning train services between Norwich and Great Yarmouth is damaging the seaside town, councillors have claimed.

Norfolk County Council have confirmed that works to improve the Yaxham Road and Tavern Lane junction traffic lights have now been completed.

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