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Hello, and welcome to the Look East late news.
In the programme tonight: The region's biggest train operator
sells 40% of its franchise to a Japanese investor.
The future of nuclear power in Suffolk.
Our environment reporter has a special report.
Out of the FA Cup at non-league Lincoln, who scored the winner
It's been announced that a Japanese investor.
In the main rail service in this region.
The train operator Abellio says the partnership with Mitsui
will lead to "significant improvements" for passengers.
The Government will have to approve the deal.
But the surprise announcement has been criticised by unions
who said it made a "mockery" of the franchising process.
It follows the news that an Italian company is due to buy the C2C
franchise that runs the line from London to Southend.
Our business correspondent Richard Bond reports.
It's a deal that comes at a critical time
It is only three months since the Dutch firm Abellio started
It was won on the back of a promise to transform services in Essex,
Suffolk and Norfolk through a ?1.4 billion investment.
A completely new fleet of trains will be introduced with the aim
of cutting average journey times by 10%.
Hundreds of carriages will be made in this yard in Derby.
The company Abellio is selling a stake to is Mitsui,
a Japanese conglomerate with interests in everything
Abellio won't say how much Mitsui is paying for it's 40% stake,
but this will be the first time a Japanese company
will be a shareholder in a British train company.
It makes a mockery of the tendering process because tendering processes
are quite tough and they must satisfy safety grounds,
We have got this company who's coming out of the blue,
never been in the process and suddenly they are buying
Sports Direct getting involved in the train industry?
Japan's rail system is best known for it's 200 mile
Unfortunately for local commuters, there's no chance of any
Abellio says Mitsui was the best partner to help transform
Its promises include introducing regular 90-minute
services between Norwich and Liverpool Street,
all passengers will care about is whether such
Our business correspondent Richard Bond reporting and earlier
I asked Richard what he thought was behind the decision to sell.
When Abellio first pitch for this franchise it did so as part
of the joint bid with another transport company called Stagecoach.
Stagecoach pulled out and Abellio ploughed on on their own
It is now saying that it was always it is intention and wish to be
Basically you have got to bear in mind that when you are running
a major franchise like this over nine years, there are huge
risks and being part of a joint venture
Should we be concerned that this company Mitsui was not part
of the bidding process considering it now owns 40%
It still owns 60% of the company and is still in charge
Mitsui is being vetted by the Department for Transport
and the Government act to put out a statement to light saying that it
would only approve this partial sale once both parties have satisfied us
that passengers will benefit from it.
Mitsui is a fit and proper partner for Abellio.
Football and Ipswich have been dumped out the FA Cup
It was a poor performance from Town and they paid the price
Lincoln scored the only goal of the game to move
Joining me from the ground is Alex Mathie the former Town
player and summariser for BBC Radio Suffolk tonight.
How do you explain that performance away?
I think it was a poor performance from Ipswich. Lincoln wanted the
game, wanted to win the game a lot more than we did. They had a good
game plan and they were the better team on the night, to be fair. Terry
Butcher said he was embarrassed and that it was a disgrace. Do you agree
with that? I would agree with that. I was frustrated watching it, seeing
a team like Ipswich Town playing away they did. All credit to
Lincoln, they came out and they played very well. There was a lot
more hunger and desire from their players than Ipswich players to go
through to the next round of the cup. Where do you lay the blame with
Mike kids at the players or Mick McGrath the? To be fair, the players
got to stand up and be counted. Small pitch, tight areas, they've
got to have the confidence to go out and play. Tonight, they didn't have
that hunger or desire to go through to the next round. The Lincoln
have got to take responsibility. have got to take responsibility.
Thank you very much indeed for joining us tonight.
And BBC Radio Suffolk will have more reaction
to the match on their breakfast programme tomorrow morning.
A dog walker from Suffolk told Suffolk Coastal Council
about the dangerous state of the cliffs at Thorpe Ness.
Maggie Scorer contacted the council last Thursday with her concerns.
On Saturday a man was killed at the base of the cliffs.
unless something was done, either putting a cordon to stop
people going above and also below, and certainly big signs to warn
people about the dangers, tragedy would happen.
The police have released images of the final two
Who were in Bury St Edmunds at the same time Corrie
The airman from RAF Honington disappeared after a night out
Officers say the woman and the cyclist could be
Time is running out for people who want to have their say over
plans for a new nuclear power station in Suffolk.
With the second round of public consultation
Sizewell C would be the biggest civil engineering project ever
It would take up to ten years to build.
Our environment reporter Richard Daniel has been looking
Minsmere, a world-renowned nature reserve that sits cheek
The prospect of a massive construction site close
From that, potential to disturb birds in the non-breeding season,
in the winter, but also in their breeding territories
if there is too much noise, impact on the water levels,
that could potentially affect their feeding areas.
EDF says it's carrying out environmental surveys.
But it won't publish detailed information until the final stage
Sizewell C would effectively double its size.
Add to that the area needed for contractors
compounds and soil excavation and stockpiles during construction.
This is where part of the campus accommodation as EDF is
Our position all along has been in order
for the region to benefit truly and for the local community's
impact to be reduced, it would be much more
effective to split the campus accommodation into more urban
earmarked for Sizewell C lie Sizewell Marshes, fen meadow
habitat conservationists describe as "irreplaceable".
Part of this special site of scientific interest would be lost
if a new access road to Sizewell C is built across it.
A lot of that is of a significant concern.
We would also begin certain about the wider
The raising of ground water through the more.
We have a moral and ethical right to minimise the disruption.
EDF says it's already begun creating wetland habitat
We have a moral and ethical right to minimise the disruption.
We accept there will be disruption, but there are also be a lot
of benefits to be brought by this project and it's up to us to make
sure we get the balance in terms of minimising the impact,
while still bringing the significant benefits it can bring to Suffolk.
Conservationists say at this stage they don't have sufficient
information to gauge what the full environmental impact
But it's clear even now that there's plenty at stake.
Coming up now the weather with Julie.
Thank you very much. In some spots, we have got minus three and we could
see those temperatures dropping lower in places. Widespread frost
and later in the night we could see is thicker cloud drifting down from
the north. That could produce a patchy rain and drizzle. For most of
dry night. The cloud increases, the temperature could rise again in some
spots. Some of us not waking up to eight frost and light winds
overnight. Tomorrow, high pressure in charge. The weather front to the
north. Even where we have the thicker cloud, we will hope it will
break in times to allow some brightness and sunshine through. It
does look like in the south-eastern corner that is where we are
expecting the best of tomorrow's sunshine. Temperatures really
struggling to about three or four Celsius. Saying on the chilly side.
Holding onto the light south to south-westerly winds. We finished
the day largely dry and five with a fair amount of cloud around. Light
rain and drizzle in the north may be. In a minute, the National
forecast, but I will leave you with the outlook. Thursday and Friday,
high pressure still in charge. A lot of cloud around. Breaks in the
south. from time to time. Staying settled
still. Nick has the national forecast this evening.
Hello. If you are watching the football earlier it turned out to be
an evening for football fans in Lincolnshire. This is how it looked
at the start of the day. No idea whether this weather watcher is a
football fan, it's a fan of weather that matters here. All sorts of
weather, from 13 in Aberdeenshire to two, despite the sunshine in Kent. I
wonder if this six in the cloud across the Midlands into northern
England and parts of Wales felt colder, particularly in these misty
and foggy conditions in this weather watcher view. Some drizzly rain
around at times still from the thicker cloud into parts of England
and Wales overnight, hill fog too. Cloud for Scotland and