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£100k to fight Northamptonshire rail plans

A campaign to fight plans for a new rail depot in Northamptonshire has been given a cash boost.

Councillors on South Northamptonshire have voted to set aside a hundred thousand pounds to block the proposals by Rail Central for a 700 acre site between Milton Malsor and Blisworth.

People living in the area say it would cause traffic problems, ruin the countryside and end the rural community but the scheme's developers say it will create eight thousand jobs.

Blisworth Tunnel: Two centuries of history

In the early 1800s a feat of engineering was achieved on the Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire with the completion of Blisworth Tunnel.

For centuries it drew in visitors and provided a link to London, but in the 1970s it closed because of fears it could collapse.

A few years later another major engineering project got underway, to shore up the tunnel near Northampton and re-open it. Now, 30 years on, the tunnel that links the villages of Blisworth and Stoke Bruene is back at the heart of the local community.

ITV News Anglia's Olivia Paterson's taken a trip through the tunnel, and a look back at its fascinating history.

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Children and parents raise money to pay for lollipop lady

Children at Blisworth Community Primary School take part in a sponsored relay walk Credit: ITV News Anglia

Children and parents at Blisworth in Northamptonshire are raising money to pay for the village lollipop lady themselves.

This morning they held a sponsored relay-walk around the playground of Blisworth Community Primary School. The school needs to raise £2700 in order to fund the crossing-patrol on the busy A43 for a year.

In 2010 Northamptonshire County Council announced that it would have to stop funding the patrols as part of plans to save £73 million a year from council budgets.