Abellio selling 40% of the Greater Anglia rail franchise.
Essex: Potholes To Be Filled By New Robot Arm
Major roads across the east will be filled by a new robotic arm thanks to £500,000 maintenance investment
After successful trials across the east, new cutting edge robotic technology is going to be used to fill the region's pot-holes.
Contractor Amey is rolling out three state-of-the-art road maintenance vehicles after investing £500,000 on two "road patchers" which can fix potholes within two minutes, and a high-speed sweeper.
The custom-built road patchers can be fully controlled from the cab - removing the need for a road worker to be in the carriageway but also is great news for drivers as the pothole is fully fixed in just two minutes, rather than the hour that conventional methods can take.
The driver operates a robotic arm which extends from the cab over the pothole and fills it with material to fix the hole. The patcher can then move onto another location as needed.
The other new piece of kit - is a high speed road sweeper - which is brand new to the UK - instead of sweeping the road at slower than walking pace - it can sweep and move at more than 10mph.
The Swedish-built unit will allow the network to be swept more regularly, improving both its condition and road-user safety with less deterioration and surface flooding of the roads.
Margaret Seear, Business Director for Amey said: "Things like potholes can be a real headache for drivers and we are pleased to provide an efficient and cost-effective solution that has real benefits for our customer, our employees and road users."
Under the five-year contract for "Highways Area 6" Amey will be responsible for improving and maintaining routes through Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and parts of Cambridgeshire.
"Area 8" covers Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes.
An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Leonne Weeks, 16, who was found dead on a path in Rotherham.
More than half a billion pounds for social care across Essex but an extra 3% council tax levy will pay for it.
Tendring praised for support to those affected by flooding threats.
Recently Played Tracks
Deposit £10 to get a £40 Welcome Bonus - That's £50 to play bingo, slots and more!*
Over 50 tracks to make you feel-good. New album out now...
Find your local four day weather report here.
What's happening on the roads where you are?
Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.
Find out more about some of the companies advertising on Heart.
Get some great ideas on how to advertise your business on radio, online and on mobile.