24/02/2014 Look East - West


24/02/2014

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life changing experience. The question is whether the Games will

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deliver a and a plan to bring a ?130 million

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of investment to the city. It comes with the promise of hundreds of jobs

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and growth. Peterborough already has one of the fastest growing private

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sectors in the country with almost 4,000 created in one year, thanks to

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new business. Just today a new distribution park opened which could

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lead to a further 8,000. Finished and ready for the first

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company to move in, a parcel delivery business. On its conveyor

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belt, `` when the conveyor belt is finished, more than 50 will work

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here. We run a model telling us where growth is going to be. We have

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double`digit growth as a company and Peterborough is a hotspot we have

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recognised. So we have decided to invest and move here.

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This is the first warehouse on a 240 acre distribution park. Peterborough

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is home to one of the fastest`growing private sectors in

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the country. A city soon to see more private investment. ?130 million

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worth. Money held in an account overseas, opened by the council It

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is a mix of investors, sovereign funds, I wealth individuals, and

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pension funds. It is a different way of doing things. The reality is that

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councils have historically relied on government funding to unlock

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development and that is no longer there are so we have to work in a

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different way. Money from the overseas fund would be used to buy

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council property and on it would be built houses and businesses, which

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the council say would generate wealth. But some are concerned about

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who may invest in the city. It is about being able to see clearly

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where the investment is coming from. As a local authority, we need to be

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principled and we need to have ethics. We need to make sure we are

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getting money from sources that are sound. They say the Peterborough is

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open for business. The city is attracting big investment from home

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and abroad. And with that, the promise of many, many more jobs

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Meanwhile in Corby, 900 jobs are at risk at Solway Foods, with losses

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now described as 'inevitable'. The company which makes salad products

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is one of the town's biggest employers. A few weeks ago it said

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it was considering closure. Now a multi`agency taskforce has been set

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up, but it's not overly optimistic about jobs. I do not believe that

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they can all be saved. Because the company are obviously losing money,

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having a lot of difficulties. But I believe, and would love to see

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Solway running, probably in different premises, far more

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efficiently and making profits so that they are there for the long

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term. Major roadworks are due to start on

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the M1 near Luton airport, with holiday`makers advised to allow an

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extra hour so they don't miss their flight. As part of a ?30 million

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pound scheme, the roundabout at Junction ten is being replaced by a

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3`lane carriageway, linking the motorway to the airport. The

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junction will be closed overnight for several nights from March the

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4th. But lane restrictions will be in place for 18 months.

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Luton has been closed for business for a number of years. The traffic

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queues have been so great that it has put people off investing in the

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town and those that have come to invest here have often found that

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they have had objections from the highways agency, saying that if you

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do that, it will put more traffic through the junction. It is an

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excellent location and this link will provide a link from one of the

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major motorways in the country to the airport. We have worked with the

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contractors to reduce the closure period so that the closures are from

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8pm until 4am. New trains for the region's busiest

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commuter routes have been unveiled to passengers. They promise less

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crowding, faster journey times and more destinations. But we'll have to

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wait a few years until they're in service.

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Travelling by train can be a tight squeeze. There are more passengers

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than ever before. But help could be at hand. In Cambridge, they recently

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had a revamp to accommodate trains with 12 carriageways. `` carriages.

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In three years, the majority of fast and semi`fast services to King's

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Cross will be made up of a dozen carriages. And that is not all. More

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than 100 of these new electric trains are being built with more

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space, climate control, digital displays and baby changing areas.

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There is more space at four level. They are coming in in 2017. A bit of

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weight. Yes, but worth waiting for. What is the timetable? The new

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trains will run on the Bedford to Brighton line in 2016. The following

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year, they will be on the Peterborough to King's Cross route.

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And in 2018, there will be direct services across London. Meaning you

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could travel straight through with your luggage to Heathrow, and

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perhaps even Gatwick. It will do an enormous amount to decrease

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overcrowding. The programme is geared up to address the levels of

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crowding on the route and that capacity is much needed. But if you

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heading to King's Cross, the new trains will run alongside the

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existing stock, so you are not guaranteed to catch one.

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The new fleet of electric buses in Milton Keynes is having problems

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coping with the weather. The buses run on batteries which are charged

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wirelessly at points along the route. Five buses had to be

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withdrawn because water got into the electrics. They've since been

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adapted and returned to service Time for the weather with Julie

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During the rest tonight, we will see a band rain moving eastwards. The

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wind is also picking up at the moment, to a mainly moderates to

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fresh south`westerly. Tonight will be frost free. Tomorrow morning the

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last of the rain will clear quickly and then we're left with dry day,

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give or take a few showers. And hopefully some brightness and

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sunshine coming through. Temperatures in double figures at

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best. And we finished the day largely fine and dry. I'll leave you

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with the outlook will stop on Wednesday, there will be fewer

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showers around, so a largely dry day, and then outbreaks of rain on

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Thursday giving way to brighter skies and some showers.

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rain moving eastwards during Thursday with brighter

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rain moving eastwards during will be more rain overnight into

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Thursday. Good evening. We have a spell of wet

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and windy weather working across the British Isles. Today brought many of

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us some decent spells of sunshine and it brought us some decent

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temperatures. In fact, our warmest day of the year so far.

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At the moment, though, things have changed. This is the gap in the

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satellite picture. Now, this curl of cloud looks like a snail's shell, it

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is an area of low pressure that is sweeping wind and rain across us.

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It's pushed into the west already and is now making rapid progress

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eastwards, moving into eastern England through the small hours

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Strong, gusty winds around the Irish Sea coasts. The weather front will

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weaken as it gets into eastern areas. Behind the weather front

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things are a good deal clearer and that is the way we will start

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tomorrow. Our wet and windy weather, the worst of it is out of the way as

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we look at

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