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Severe accident: A421 Bedfordshire westbound

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A421 Bedfordshire westbound severe accident, from A1 Great North Road to A603 Cardington Road.

A421 Bedfordshire - A421 closed westbound from Black Cat Roundabout in Chawston to Cardington Cross in Cardington, because of an accident earlier on and emergency repairs.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A421 Bedfordshire southbound

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A421 Bedfordshire southbound severe accident, from A1 Great North Road to A603 Cardington Road.

A421 Bedfordshire - An accident earlier on on A421 southbound from Black Cat Roundabout in Roxton to Cardington Cross in Bedford. All lanes have been re-opened.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A421 Bedfordshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A421 Bedfordshire westbound severe disruption, from A1 Great North Road to A603 Cardington Road.

A421 Bedfordshire - A421 closed westbound from Black Cat Roundabout in Roxton to Cardington Cross in Bedford, because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Rescued: Train from trenches discovered in Barrow

An armoured train which was used in World War One has been fully restored and mobile again after it was found rusting in a scrapyard in Barrow.

Armoured locomotive
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The bizarre-looking steam engine is the last surviving locomotive of its kind and was built to move munitions on the Western Front.

It was brought back to work in a quarry near Barrow until it was eventually abandoned.

After 10 years, volunteers in Bedfordshire have finally restored it to its former glory.

How is your local A&E doing?

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, which runs Bedford Hospital, missed its A&E waiting target of seeing patients in less than four hours last month.

Hospitals are meant to treat, assess or discharge 95% of patients in that time. Bedford Hospital Trust saw 81.7% according to figures released for April. This is down on the figure for 12 months ago, which was 91.7%.

How is your local A&E performing?
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At Bedford Hospital NHS Trust a total of 1,334 patients were not seen within the four-hour window in April.

The trust was ranked 70 of 129 trusts of hospital trusts in England.

As a whole, the NHS has failed to meet this target since July 2015. A hospital trust's performance figures include the main accident and emergency department and any minor injuries or care centres it runs.

NHS England has asked patients only to attend A&E department with "genuine life-threatening emergencies".

Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area.

This story has been generated using NHS data, BBC analysis and some automation.

How is your local A&E doing?

Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHS Trust, which runs Luton and Dunstable hospital, met its A&E waiting target of seeing patients in less than four hours last month.

Hospitals are meant to treat, assess or discharge 95% of patients in that time. Luton & Dunstable Hospital Trust saw 97.4% according to figures released for April. This is down on the figure for 12 months ago, which was 98.6%.

How is your local A&E performing?
BBC

At Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHS Trust a total of 316 patients were not seen within the four-hour window in April.

The trust was ranked 1 of 129 trusts of hospital trusts in England.

As a whole, the NHS has failed to meet this target since July 2015. A hospital trust's performance figures include the main accident and emergency department and any minor injuries or care centres it runs.

NHS England has asked patients only to attend A&E department with "genuine life-threatening emergencies".

Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area.

This story has been generated using NHS data, BBC analysis and some automation.

BreakingBedford Borough Council: No change - no overall control

Bedford Borough Council remains with no party in overall control, but the directly-elected Liberal Democrat mayor Dave Hodgson will be in charge.

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BreakingBedford Mayor: Lid Dem Dave Hodgson re-elected

Liberal Democrat Dave Hodgson has retained his position as directly-elected Bedford Mayor.