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Public sector organisations from across Suffolk have come together to tell the public to stay at home over the Easter bank holiday weekend to avoid the risk of spreading coronavirus.

This is what an Intercity train from East Anglia to London looks like during the coronavirus crisis – only three passengers were on this service from the region to Liverpool Street.

The boss of Network Rail in East Anglia has outlined how staff are working through the coronavirus crisis to keep trains moving for essential workers and freight travelling around the country.

Cabinet minister and Suffolk MP Dr Therese Coffey has insisted government business will be able to continue despite the Prime Minister being in the intensive care unit of St Thomas’ Hospital in London.

Greater Anglia is upgrading the wi-fi on its new trains that have been introduced in the region over the last few months.

The former Argos store in Ipswich’s Carr Street could be converted into flats and a gym, as well as a smaller shop unit, if a planning application submitted to the borough council is approved.

The two largest bus companies in Suffolk have welcomed the news that the government is to support the industry after the number of passengers dropped like a stone during the coronavirus crisis.

The number of passengers using trains may have fallen dramatically since the start of the coronavirus outbreak - but East Anglia’s rail network continues to be very busy with freight traffic.

Suffolk MP Dr Dan Poulter has signed an all-party letter from MPs demanding that families of NHS workers who die after contracting coronavirus should get compensation similar to that paid to armed forces personnel who die on active service.

Sir Keir Starmer has been elected the new Labour leader in a move welcomed by leading members of the party in Suffolk where most local groups backed his campaign.

Councils in Suffolk are preparing to take over parking enforcement in Suffolk from the police from Monday – and will be aiming to ensure roads are kept clear for emergency vehicles and key workers.

Councils across Suffolk are this week writing to small businesses to invite them to apply for support from government schemes during the coronavirus crisis.

The impact of the coronavirus lockdown on the numbers of people heading into Ipswich town centre has been outlined in new figures.

Community champion and former council leader Nick Ridley OBE has died at the age of 82 after a short illness.

An appeal has gone out for companies with unused personal protection equipment to donate it to help Suffolk’s carers stay safe during the coronavirus crisis.

The first meeting of the new Ipswich traffic task force has been postponed until after the current lockdown that has transformed life in the country.

What should have been THE political story of early 2020 has been pushed into the sidelines by the coronavirus crisis – but on Saturday, Labour will unveil its new leader to take over from Jeremy Corbyn.

Are we ever going to get used to the “lock-down” life – or is this strange existence going to continue to feel weird until the day when we are told that we can return to “normal?”

House sparrows were the most common bird seen in gardens around Suffolk – and the country as a whole – during this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch organised by the RSPB.

The largest stall on Ipswich market has been forced to close for the next few weeks because of the coronavirus crisis.

A rail trip through East Anglia hauled by one of the best-known steam locomotives in Britain has been rescheduled for August after organisers had to cancel its journey on Easter Saturday.

Schools which are providing care for children of key workers are to remain open over the Easter holidays to ensure there are safe places for youngsters while their parents work during the national emergency.

East Suffolk Council has removed charges at all its car parks to help key workers who have to find somewhere to leave their vehicle for their vital jobs – but do not expect to see many people taking advantage of the free parking.

Network Rail has appealed to recently-retired signal staff across the region to consider coming back to work to support the industry in case there are staffing problems because of the coronavirus crisis.

The planned closure of one of the busiest roads on the edge of Ipswich has been postponed to avoid the need for engineers to work on the project during the height of the coronavirus crisis.

Only a fraction of the usual numbers of passengers are travelling by train at present – but Greater Anglia is preparing for when people return to the tracks by testing their first new suburban Aventra train across the region.

Ipswich Council is offering free parking in all its parks and on-road bays to key staff working for the NHS and in the critical social care sector.

Ipswich Buses is reducing the frequency of journeys over most of its network as fewer people are using its services during the current coronavirus lockdown.

Ipswich MP Tom Hunt is self-isolating at his flat in the town after developing symptoms of coronavirus Covid-19.

Nearly 175 years of tradition has come to an end on East Anglia’s railways with the last regular locomotive-hauled passenger services coming to an end with no ceremony.

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