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130 level crossings could be closed or changed in the East

130 level crossings could be affected in the East. Credit: PA

Network Rail has announced plans to close or change 130 level crossings in the region.

The proposals aim to make railways safer by reducing the number of places where people can come into contact with trains.

33 levels crossing in Cambridgeshire, 29 in Sufolk and 61 in Essex are earmarked for potential closure.

Consultation meetings will take place in June.


More than a million downloads for pioneering game

More than a million people have downloaded a mobile phone game which is helping researcher's studying dementia.

The project saw Cambridge-based Alzheimer's Research UK team up with scientists from the University of East Anglia, UCL and a telecoms company to develop the game.

Playing the game will help our scientists understand in detail how our brains navigate space. It's reckoned that by playing the game for just 2 minutes generates the same amount of data it would take researchers 5 hours to obtain.

Find out more about the game below.

Record numbers give opinion on Thames crossing

here are plans for a new tunnel under the Thames to link Essex and Kent Credit: Highways England

More than 47,000 people gave their views about plans for a new Thames Crossing in Essex.

Highways England says that makes it the largest ever public consultation for a UK road project.

The consultation, which closed two months ago today, looked at proposed routes for a new road crossing below the Thames, which would be the first new road crossing for the Thames east of London for 25 years.

School's Out: University lecturers to stage 48hr walk out

A member of the UCU planning strike action Credit: PA Images

Lecturers at UK universities will launch a 48-hour strike today after talks failed to resolve a pay row.

Staff at the University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin and the University of Essex are among those planning to take action.

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) will also refuse to work overtime, set additional work, or undertake any voluntary duties like covering timetabled classes for absent colleagues.

If the dispute is not resolved in the coming weeks, members have agreed to further strike action which could affect open days, graduation ceremonies and the clearing process.


Plan to merge hospitals given the go-ahead

Plans to merge Hinchinbrooke Hospital and Peterborough Hospital get the go-ahead

On one side: a hospital trust with a £38 million deficit. On the other: a failed experiment in privatisation.

Now, plans to merge Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Peterborough City Hospital to save money have been given the go ahead.

But patients at Hinchingbrooke are concerned it will be swallowed up by the larger hospital - and mean poorer care for patients. Here's a report by Claire McGlasson:

Controversial plan to close main roads to solve Cambridge's traffic problems

Congestion in Cambridge

Main roads through the centre of Cambridge could be closed during rush hour to try to deal with the city's congestion problem.

Council officials are recommending the move, as well as improving public transport, as part of a report into how to overcome the regular gridlock. Plans to introduce a congestion charge have been dismissed.

Here's a report by Matthew Hudson.

Charity helping refugees re-connect with the natural world


We're all aware of the horrors many refugees face fleeing their homes and getting to safety. But many crave the lives they've left behind. When they reach the UK, they often live in urban areas and are never able to reach the countryside.

Now a charity in Suffolk is helping people reconnect with the natural world by organising day trips to work with a local farm. The scheme also hopes to help refugees forget about their problems, as Tanya Mercer reports.

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