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

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member of staff dies fixing overhead power lines.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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proving controversial. The existing road heads north west from Cambridge

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towards Huntingdon. That will change. This road will head

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

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

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

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

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

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timetable. The government is consulting on plans until October

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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for this view in the business community. We cannot ultimately

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

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solution. From the business perspective I would hope that they

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

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

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infrastructure. The A14 upgrade would deliver that. Subtle colliers

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and see it should not be at the expense.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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infrastructure. This is the biggest single project that the highways

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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expecting any overspend, and I will not prejudice any relationship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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and 2011, Fenland had the fastest growing immigrant population in

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Brampton causing severe delays to Birmingham and beyond. The lorry

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

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Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with an attempted

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

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

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

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

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

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special reports, Alex Dunlop joined the Royal Anglian reservists near

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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will encourage more soldiers to The army are offering benefits that

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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progress their reserve career. Certainly the novelty of training

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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inspired by their captain Dylan Hartley with Saints sealing the

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bonus point victory before half reflecting and refocusing during an

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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something that previous plans have failed. The government says that

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

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

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

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

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

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

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government has admitted that they want as many people as possible

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the consumer. Use our taxes to improve the road.

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

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

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

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

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

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about the idea. Kevin Burch there with some views

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

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

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

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

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the tolls. And Dougie Richmond accuses the government of neglecting

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

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

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remember to leave us a contact telephone number.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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brightness and sunshine coming through. Then a more organised band

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

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

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

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

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tomorrow, the strongest winds expected in the north Norfolk coast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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overnight lows. Thank you very much indeed. As you

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

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

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

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

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

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