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Hello and welcome to a special edition of Look East, live from


member of staff dies fixing overhead power lines.


If you have ever used this road, you will see that traffic is moving OK


this evening. You can be bumper to heal gay all the way up this stretch


of road, it can take a lot of time to come up here. —— on part two


tailgate. Just to give you a quick bit of geography, the St Ives


junction is just there. Felixstowe lies in that direction. Behind the


camera, you will find Huntingdon and Northants incher and the Midlands.


We are here because the government has announced plans for this road.


The plans are expensive, they're ambitious. And already they're


proving controversial. The existing road heads north west from Cambridge


towards Huntingdon. That will change. This road will head


cross—country and will not rejoin the A14 until Hillingdon. —— LE


didn't. Many thought that drivers would still be able to use the old


road, but the government will remove a crucial road bridge across the


railway here, forcing cars onto the toll road. As part of the package


there will also be improvements to the A14 and the A1. No, the


timetable. The government is consulting on plans until October


2013. It will confirm the route in late 2013. If all goes to plan, work


will start in 2016, and be complete within three or four years. Finally,


the tolls. The proposals here, £1 or £1 50 per car and double that for


lorries. Already people are calling —— talking about rat runs and we are


on a bridge where one of those rat runs will go. People who come here


to avoid paying the tall and go back onto the A1 that way. We are already


giving lots of opposition. I'm at Offord Hill Farm, and in seven years


time this field is set to be the new A14 toll road. The theory will be


gone. —— the greenery will be gone. Three lanes of traffic in each


direction, they'll run from junction 28 of the existing A14 at Swavesey.


About eight miles in that direction, through to Ellington which is about


four miles over there. And that is where the road will join up with the


A1, which you might just be able to see in the distance. The A1 will


also need widening there to cope with the extra traffic. Mike


Cartwright has the details. This woman's family has farmed the for


more than 60 years. This hedge just 60 metres from her house is where


the toll road will go. The traffic in the glare from street lights in


the landscape she loves will be ripped in two. Terrible. It is going


to cut the farm in half, we have lived here since 1952. It is awful.


It makes you want to cry. I am sure there are other places they could


put it. There are many roads between here and Cambridge that they could


take and add another lean on to. In Huntingdon this flyover carries


traffic. There are plans to put it down, and then rewrote local traffic


through the town. If they drop the bridge it will be good because it


will bring a local traffic into town. Good for business.It is good


for traffic if they will stop. In St Ives there is fear of more


congestion if people search for ways to beat the tall. The RC seeing you


must use the toll road unless you want to beat the traffic. It could


be a bad thing, traffic is bad in the morning. The A14 gets really


jammed. We are on the A1, you join the new road here in Buxton and


joined the the A14 that way. It will go past Helton had to Swayze. One MP


said it is the wrong solution. I do not think it is the right way to go.


We must control the costs of this project, and deliver improvements on


what we currently have. We should try and fit more on the real ways


rather than the roads. If the toll road comes, this landscape could


change forever. Most people agree that something must be done to fix


the A14. For people in these villages, this new road is not about


improving the economy or journey times, it is about how it impacts on


their lives. Many are worried that the mere mention of this route today


is enough to wait a large chunk off the value of their homes.


Janine thank you very much. When the heavy vehicle goes over this bridge


it wobbles. About 85,000 vehicles use this section of the A14 every


day. Now on a normal road you would expect about one in ten of those


vehicles to be an HGV. But on the A14 it is one in four. A reminder


that this road is a major artery between the port at Felixstowe and


the Midlands. So what do hauliers and businesses make of the plan?


Here is our business correspondent Richard Bond. This man set up his


transport company 25 years ago. It has 200 lorries, 150 of them working


out of Felixstowe. They want in a 14 upgrade but deplore the idea of a


toll. They are indicating a toll of around three or £4. Each journey,


given that we carry out 150 journeys per day, that is going to be 250, or


£200,000 per year. What will that be in five years time? Huge costs.


Felixstowe as the UK's biggest port. It is a cornerstone of the economy.


We feel that this will be a tax on Suffolk, and in town it will be a


tax on UK plc by taxing the significant ports that come through


Felixstowe. But you want the the A14 to be improved. Shouldn't hauliers


tip into the cost? We have already paid for our road network through


the taxes we pay already. Piling another tax on top of that business


is no way to go about it. However unpopular road tolls are, they are


an essential part of the business case for the new road according to


the highways agency. New road tolls, no new road. The Treasury


will not pay for the entire scheme, they are providing most of the money


but believe that road users should contribute, too. There is support


for this view in the business community. We cannot ultimately


leave the A14 in the situation it is in at the moment. We must have the


solution. From the business perspective I would hope that they


would support a small level of the in order to get the A14 improvements


underway. If there is one thing this region needs it is better


infrastructure. The A14 upgrade would deliver that. Subtle colliers


and see it should not be at the expense.


So opposition from people who live near the new route. Concern from


people in business. Opposition too from some hauliers. Plenty to put to


the roads minister, Stephen Hammond. And when I spoke to him from the


studio early today I started by asking him about the decision to


make this a toll road. What we have always said as a government is that


we are always prepared to look at polling as a way to make sure we can


infrastructure. This is the biggest single project that the highways


agency will be updated —— will be already local support for this from


the local county council. The AA said that asking drivers to pay


the local county council. The AA use the A14 with no alternative


rewrote is a double whammy, many drivers see the tolling proposals as


the thin edge of the wedge, a Trojan horse to introduce wider calling.


existing infrastructure. But it might be that you will build future


roads using tolls. We have always said that. The A14 is an example of


this. We are not ruling it in or out. But you always said there would


be an alternative, but there isn't. There are alternatives for locals,


there is an alternative on the a fortune eight onto the A1. How much


There is no final decision. —— how much will the private sector put


into this? The central government is putting 1.5 billion into this. That


presumably expect the private sector to fill the overspend. I am not


expecting any overspend, and I will not prejudice any relationship


caused by the split in costs between public and private sectors. In ——


are you concerned that by having this toll road on a public route


that you will take away traffic this toll road on a public route


the port of Felixstowe? This will be huge for Felixstowe in terms of


access, far from taking away it huge for Felixstowe in terms of


accentuate the virtues of Felixstowe as a port. If you do hear strong


opposition from local people, you will listen? That is why we are


having this consultation. Thank will listen? That is why we are


very much. Later in the programme we will hear some more of your views,


foreign—born people living in the Fens has tripled over a ten—year


period. A study by Oxford University found that the percentage increase


in the number of immigrants in Fenland was higher than almost every


other council area in England. Ben overall picture of immigration in


our region, but these figures reveal more detail about how it is changing


and 2011, Fenland had the fastest growing immigrant population in


and 2011, Fenland had the fastest an increase of more than 5,500


people. That was one of the biggest far behind was Peterborough, with


the immigrant population increasing by almost 150%. Meanwhile, in Luton


the number who were born abroad by almost 150%. Meanwhile, in Luton


by just over 70%. Not such a big increase in percentage terms, but it


still has the biggest number of immigrants as a whole — almost one


in three people who live there were born outside the UK. For areas like


the Fens, the District Council says this has been welcome news for


employers especially in agriculture. But it means a greater demand on


services, like schools, housing But it means a greater demand on


health care, at a time when money is tight. One of the downside is an


influx on a large scale in such tight. One of the downside is an


short period of time. That is what has caused the problems, because it


wasn't planned for. There were inadequate resources from local


wasn't planned for. There were central government to fund the


infrastructure that was so badly needed. These figures show how the


population has changed in our towns over the past ten years. The effects


A lorry carrying a skip ended up on Northampton. It happened at Church


Brampton causing severe delays to Birmingham and beyond. The lorry


through fencing onto the track. Birmingham and beyond. The lorry


Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with an attempted


arson attack at the Islamic Centre 16—year—old boys and a 17—year—old


120 part—time soldiers from the 16—year—old boys and a 17—year—old


have just returned from a training exercise in Croatia. With big cuts


in the number of regular soldiers, reservists will soon play a key


in the number of regular soldiers, in the army. In the first of three


special reports, Alex Dunlop joined the Royal Anglian reservists near


the Croatian town of Slunj. Call them weekend warrior is, and they


will not thank you forward. —— weekend warrior is. For a fortnight


William. Matthew, and Joseph. You learn to build up a family. You


William. Matthew, and Joseph. You this sort of thing, train, learn


your skills and push yourself to the limit. The government wants more


like William to do just that. The regular Army is set to shrink by one


fifth, and the hope is that there The army are offering benefits that


were never there to reservists, The army are offering benefits that


I think I am the Army hope that The army are offering benefits that


will encourage more soldiers to The army are offering benefits that


the reserves and offer that more looking to cut costs, why send


the reserves and offer that more men out of Croatia for two weeks


when their rock training areas in Immersion in a different country and


a different culture. This town still bears the scars of the bloody civil


war of the early 1990s. Minefields and memorials to dead soldiers are


Anglian reserve list. A handful and memorials to dead soldiers are


Afghanistan next month —— the Royal Anglian reserve list. Will people be


less inclined to join the reserves? We have a generation of soldiers in


the battalion at the moment whose primary aim was joining to be on


operation. My job, as commanding, is to identify what the hooks to keep


people in the reserve team in the future. There is an opportunity


people in the reserve team in the progress the reserve career. ——


progress their reserve career. Certainly the novelty of training


alongside Croatian soldiers is a draw. This is the first time. They


have made is very welcome, so thank you very much. Paul, who works at


Stansted Airport, is proud to be part of the first British military


unit to train in Croatia. What skill set can you take back to Stansted


Airport? It is a general confidence, you're a more rounded person, time


management. When the enemy is in front of you, try not to get focused


on that. The Anglians enjoy strong local loyalty across the eastern


region, but it's a sobering thought for these men that come 2021 than


one in three soldiers will be a for these men that come 2021 than


timer. —— by 2020 more than one for these men that come 2021 than


three. On to rugby, Northampton Saints have kicked off their season


inspired by their captain Dylan Hartley with Saints sealing the


bonus point victory before half reflecting and refocusing during an


11 week ban, but on Saturday Dylan Hartley's response was telling as he


said about repaying the faith of the club that backed him. The skipper


was in his element, leaving a five try rout against Exeter. George


North showed off his dancing feet. But fellow winger —— one fellow


winger also showed he could compete just as well. There were two further


tries from Tom Ward and the other peerless first half. Despite two


yellow cards, they have enough in the bag for a fifth in the second


half as the PAC began beating up Country. It won't have healed the


herd of losing last season 's final, but as opening games go, it was


herd of losing last season 's final, mighty fine start —— it won't have


healed of the hurt. Just before mighty fine start —— it won't have


re—join Stewart and Janine on the A14, a moment to tell you about


tonight's Inside Out. Barri White, Manning's murder, tells the full


story of his struggle to rebuild his life to Mark Daly, the BBC reporter


faces is these so—called 'Fatbergs' which have built up in the sewers.


Back to Stewart on the A14. Welcome back to the A14 in


Cambridgeshire. Just a quick reminder of why we are here. Today


the government announced plans for part of the A14 to become a toll


road. The new stretch will run for some 12 miles between the Swavesey


junction and Ellington. As part of the package there would also be


improvements to the existing A14 and the A1, all at a cost of £1.5


billion. Let's talk to her political correspondence, Andrew Sinclair.


This has been a years in coming. I was talking to Andrew Lansley who


reminded me that when he first became a Kim Butcher MP in 1987 he


talked about improving the A14 in his maiden speech. The campaign had


been going on for that. There are two problems, the first is that Kim


Butcher is growing, the roads are very congested. —— Cambridgeshire is


growing. Traffic will increase by 20 or 25%. But it is so expensive to do


something that previous plans have failed. The government says that


things will be different, they have a big and bold plan. This is one of


the problems that people have, they will have two use the road and pay


for it. A new precedent has been set, if you look at the other pole


road in the country, the M6, you can either choose to pay to go on it or


go up the old insects. Here they are taking daily bread so the obvious


alternative is gone. There will be other alternatives, but the


government has admitted that they want as many people as possible


using this new toll road. That has made a few MPs jumping. The Suffolk


MP is worried about what this will do to the future of Felixstowe port.


Most MPs, their reaction is that they do not want to have a toll road


but it is the best thing. Thank you very much indeed. Let's get more of


your reaction. Thanks, Stewart. We've already heard


how people living close to the route of the new road feel. Hauliers too.


But of course the A14 runs right through this region. And it affects


anyone heading to and from the Midlands. So we asked our Suffolk


reporter Kevin Burch to gauge opinion 50—odd miles east of here in


Bury St Edmunds. But a Saint Edmunds is packed with personally. There is


something around every corner. One of the constant is the A14. It


rumbles relentlessly. It is the highway that never sleeps, except of


course when it is gridlocked. It is frustration over constant hold—ups


that has fuelled fears lobbying for an the A14 upgrade from the business


community. At this special was printing firm in Bury Saint Edmunds,


they operate here and abroad by the £10 million annual turnover and they


say the idea of a toll road on a key route is an outrage. Build a new


road, yes, but paying for it in addition to what we already pay,


that is bad for all commercial enterprises. This man chairs the


local Chamber of Commerce. He believes that this will appeal local


firms when they are helping to drive the economy forward. Anything that


improves the road is good news to the area, but when you put


additional costs on you can see where they end up. They end up with


the consumer. Use our taxes to improve the road.


I would pay to go through, I don't mind. To put a toll on the existing


road seems like lunacy. Will they get any tax advantage for


contributing? I think not. Will you pay the toll or would you look for


another route? Green man —— I am a white van man, I will find a route


around it. The government say they are keen to hear what people think


about the idea. Kevin Burch there with some views


from Bury St Edmunds. And we're keen to hear your stories on this


subject. We've already had a big response — overwhelmingly negative


so far. Just a quick flavour tonight: Jonathan Bowman on Facebook


predicts thousands of cars and lorries will use side roads to avoid


the tolls. And Dougie Richmond accuses the government of neglecting


East Anglia. Would they toll the M25, he asks. Thank you very much


for your comments. You can get in touch in the usual way And do


remember to leave us a contact telephone number.


Just before we came on air, the skies opened but the sun is out and


it is pleasant. Let's catch up with the weather.


We have sunshine and showers, two, the main area of rain heading into


the North Sea. Some of these showers are heavy and Sunday. The risk of


showers head into the evening. —— heavy and sundry. Or many of us it


will become dry, but we will have a warm spot under clear skies and we


could see a chilly eight degrees. The wind is settling towards the


north—west and picking up on the north Norfolk coast. Tomorrow we


have low pressure in the north—east with the weather front draped around


it, that brings wet and windy weather to some of us. From the word


go we are expecting some heavy and sundry showers, we could see some


brightness and sunshine coming through. Then a more organised band


of rain pushing westward. The heaviest rain is expected in North


Norfolk, where we could see 20 millimetres of rain, nearly an inch.


We will see this this evening and overnight. As well as heavy rain we


are expecting strong to deal force winds around parts of the course


tomorrow, the strongest winds expected in the north Norfolk coast


with gusts of 45 to 50 mph. A call day for some of us, highs of around


11 degrees. That is around 10 degrees below average for this time


of year. Into the evening we expect the rain to go further westwards


before it retreats to the east. The rain might go to some western parts


and others will remain completely dry. There will be when the weather


and on Wednesday the last of the weather will clear the east and we


can see a try and brighter slot, but another area of rainbow push down


from the north—west later in the day, on Wednesday. Firstly looks


fine and dry with some brightness and perhaps some sunshine, but on


Friday a return to cloudy conditions with further outbreaks of rain. A


humid feeling day on Friday. Does before I go, these are your


overnight lows. Thank you very much indeed. As you


stand here, you get a constant rumble of heavy goods vehicles


coming up and down this road, it goes on and on. When the new road is


built the junction will be just down the road there, couple of miles.


Then we can look forward in seven years time in 2020 two This Rd being


almost empty. That is a long way away. From hollows, good night.


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