04/07/2014 Look East - West


04/07/2014

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Thousands of people are makhng their way to the region this weekdnd as

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Emergency services, highways staff and the rail companies are

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In Northamptonshire, 375,000 people are expected to go to Silverstone

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At Knebworth on the A1 in Hertfordshire, 50,000 are attending

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And on Monday the Tour de France comes to Cambridge.

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It's estimated up to 150,000 people will be entering the city alone

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and thousands more lining the route to London.

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This big sporting event will draw big crowds, thousands wanting to see

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the Tour de France in Cambrhdge To cope with demand there will be extra

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carriages and train services between Cambridge and London. Howevdr..

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Those trains will be busy, so please plan ahead and be patient. Please

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try to plan your journey after pm and avoid the evening peak.

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In Northamptonshire, Silverstone hosts the British Grand Prix.

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350,000 people are respected to pass through.

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The logistical problems are what you would expect. They lose things,

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sadly crime takes place, sole people drink too much, there are cdrtain

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drug abuse, so we expect those things that is we plan for.

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In Hertfordshire, around 50,000 are respected to attend dishonest beer

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Festival in network. Over there you have the main stage where Mdtallica

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and the Prodigy will perforl. Thousands of people have already

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arrived, and that is even bdfore the second stage has opened. On the spot

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I will be replaced by Hundrdd Reasons, Slayer, and Chas and Dave,

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with thousands of people tr`velling to watch them perform.

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We have had thousands of people arriving on Thursday, and on Friday

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this evening we will have another 20,000 arriving. On Sunday, the

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departure is spread over Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening and Monday

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morning. Heavy traffic on the roads hs

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expected and will be closelx monitored by the Highways Agency.

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Those three big events will between them attract around half a lillion

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people. Expect roads and rahlways across the region to be busx between

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now and Monday. Now, with all those people turning

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out to watch the Tour, it provides a huge opportunhty

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for many businesses to cash in. But are there any

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longer term benefits? Our business correspondent

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Richard Bond's been finding out Keith Johnson is getting into the

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swing of things, as well he might. His pub,

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the Fox at Finchingfield is in prime The route goes past

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the front door of the Essex pub He has sold 80 VIP tickets dntitling

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guests to a champagne breakfasts, The VIP tickets, we have sold

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those at ?155 per head. Easy to sell simply because the Tour

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de France and an opportunitx Hotels close to

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the route are also busy. The Doubletree

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in Cambridge will be packed out We normally find ourselves full

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on Saturday, We have found that with the Tour

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de France coming into Cambrhdge we It is not all good news

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for business. extensive road closures

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will hit many firms. Hauliers are worried

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about disruption. We need to deliver goods

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and services to shops and pdople's homes while all this fantastic

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sporting spectacle is going on. There are hopes

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of a long`term boost for totrism, but for now businesses have enough

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on their hands catering for visitors Local politicians are demanding more

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answers about the future of Accident and Emergency services in Bddford

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and Milton Keynes. A ?3.2 million pound review

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of health services in the towns is It states that "sustaining

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emergency surgery on both shtes It's a key route linking

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the Midlands to But although the A47 is classed

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as a European super`highway, But today

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the transport minister drovd along Trailing traffic as far

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as the eye can see. After years of talking,

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could there finally be some action? Today the roads minister cale to see

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for himself, It would be great

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if we had unlimited resourcds and What is important is to identify the

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bits which will have the most impact Another problem is traffic lovements

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between Peterborough and Norfolk and the coast, and the area between

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Thorney and Guyhirn and Wisbech can be very congested

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particularly in the summer. Part of the road has alreadx been

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improved here at the Thornex bypass. People who travel

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the route regularly, whether for business or trips to

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the coast, can't understand why a route that is so important to the

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region is not of a higher standard. We get lots of announcements, and

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indeed we get lots of feasibility but what everybody wants is a firm

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commitment to the cash and spades But today there has been a growing

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sense of optimism about upgrading. More news is expected by thd end

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of the year. Time to get

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the weather now with Alex Dolan Good evening, quite a shift in

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weather pattern, already a band of rain pushing in from the west. It

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will be light and patchy rahn at first, but by the early hours of

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tomorrow morning it will be more persistent and heavy. It will be a

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warm and Monday night with temperatures not lower than the

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teams. At the start of tomorrow it will be cloudy with outbreaks of

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rain, gradually clearing eastwards, and although it may remain cloudy,

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there are signs it might brhghten up on the end of the day. Any of the

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showers could be on the heavy side. It will be cooler tomorrow, with

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highs of 20 or 21 Celsius. Hn a moment we have the National

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forecast, but he was our outlook. Sunshine and showers around on

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Sunday and Monday. later in the day. Before that,

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plenty of sunshine. Today's weather played out like a

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classic World Cup match - a tale of two halves.

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Highest temperatures for this year. A different story further north and

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west. A lot of cloud around. It was breezy, and yes, we saw significant

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rain. This rain has to clear further east overnight and then it

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introduces a different feel to our weather - sunny spells but also

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showers. So a good drenching for the gardens overnight. Some of the rain

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heavy over north-east England for a time and stretching up towards

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south-east Scotland as this weather front goes further east. First thing

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there is the potential for some of that rain to be

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