Countywide News

Italian firm Trenitalia complete £73m c2c deal

ITALIAN rail firm Trenitalia have completed the purchase of c2c from National Express Group for £72.6m. The deal, formally approved by the Department for Transport, will see c2c’s franchise continue to run until November 2029. In a statement Trenitalia said they intended to build on “c2c’s existing strengths as one of the UK’s most punctual […]

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Holocaust Memorial Day is marked across the region

HOLOCAUST Memorial Day has been marked across the region with a week of events. The date is the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. The day itself was on Friday, and in Thurrock this date was marked with around 150 people, young and old, braving the weather to spend 90 minutes […]

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No trains for ten weekends as Crossrail work takes place

PASSENGERS using Greater Anglia and Transport for London Rail services are being reminded to check before they travel as ten weekends of railway improvement begins on Saturday. Network Rail are aiming to deliver a £250m programme to upgrade overhead wires, and Crossrail construction work takes place to prepare Shenfield station for the arrival of the […]

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Essex is top of the class in school performance tables

ESSEX secondary schools are celebrating after statistics published last week showed the county performed above the national average under the Government’s new GCSE measures. Data released by the Department for Education, alongside the secondary school performance tables, shows the Attainment 8 score for Essex (average grade across set of eight subjects) is 50.4 – above […]

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Council tax increases to help care demand

ESSEX County Council revealed in preliminary budget plans that there will be an increase in Council Tax by three per cent to invest in social care. The council will be increasing Council Tax as part of the Government’s Autumn Statement proposals to invest directly in social care. The three percent social care ‘levy’ will be […]

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Theresa May’s Brexit speech divides opinion in Essex

THERESA May’s speech outlining the plan for Brexit has split the opinion of officials in Essex and the East of England. On Tuesday the Prime Minister announced that Britain “cannot possibly” remain within the European single market, as staying in it would mean “not leaving the EU at all”. Mrs May also revealed that Parliament […]

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Essex hospices joins forces to launch new website

HOSPICES across Essex have joined forces to launch a website directing people to their local adult and children’s hospice. There are eight hospices in Essex, providing specialist care to thousands of adults, teenagers and children who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, and also supporting countless family members and carers throughout the patient’s journey, […]

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