Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has unveiled plans for a string of garden cities along a new railway link from Cambridge.Read the full story ›
The Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has welcomed a plan to re-link the university cities of Cambridge and Oxford by rail.
The Liberal Democrat election pledge would see tens of thousands of houses built along the route in the form of Garden Cities or Garden Neighbours.
The Cambridge-Oxford rail line was shut in the 1960s but the section between Bedford and Bletchley remains opens and the government is to restore the Oxford to Bletchley link.
Julian Huppert, who is a Lib Dem MP, says completing the link would cost about £500 million but the economic benefits will be greater than that.
"It is really, really important which is why I have campaigned for it for over a decade now. Having a rail line from Cambridge going out west will connect us up to Oxford. It’ll also connect us up to places like Bedford and Milton Keynes. Places like Ipswich and Norwich will be able to get through from the east to the west without having to go through London. It also helps the people who do go through London by relieving congestion. It’s good for the economy."
A railway line through the "brain-belt of Britain" will be built to serve new garden cities, Nick Clegg has announced.
Stations along the express route from Oxford to Cambridge will be granted to up to five towns that agree to build between 9,000 and 15,000 homes, the Deputy Prime Minister said.
Britain faces a housing crisis. Garden cities are a vital cornerstone of our plan to boost house building to 300,000 homes a year - enough to meet demand and keep prices in reach - while still protecting our precious green space and preventing urban sprawl. Our plan is to build a series of high quality new towns and cities where people want to live, with green space, sustainable transport and spacious homes.
The Conservatives have held back the development of garden cities on the scale necessary, but if Liberal Democrats are part of the next government, we will ensure at least 10 get under way - with up to five along this new Garden Cities Railway, bringing new homes and jobs to the brain-belt of South East England.
The Liberal Democrats have made an election pledge to re-build the Varsity rail line and develop Garden Cities along the route.Read the full story ›
Wetlands flooded and drained by tides are effective in reducing flooding and coastal erosion, according to scientists at the University of Cambridge.
In the largest laboratory experiment of its kind, researchers found that over a distance of 40 metres, the salt marsh reduced the height of large waves in deep water by 18%, making them an effective tool for reducing the risk of coastal erosion and flooding.
60% of this reduction was due to the presence of marsh plants alone. The results have been published in the journal Nature Geoscience.
The team hope the study highlights the need for natural flood defences as well as manufactured defences such as flood walls.
One of Britain's most prolific burglars has been jailed for his 190th raid.
Career crook Jason Turner started thieving when he was 12 and had committed 188 offences by the time he was 19.
He was caught on CCTV carrying out his latest raid stealing silver antiques from a house in Cambridge.
Turner, 25, fled after triggering a burglar alarm and was arrested hiding nearby wearing a cap and gloves.
He admitted burglary and was jailed for two years and five months at Cambridge Crown Court.
The court heard his shocking list of convictions included stealing a child's piggy bank.
In many he sprayed foam into alarms and stole CCTV tapes in a bid to evade capture.
He was jailed for six months for one burglary while armed with a baseball bat and knife.
In 2009 he was sentenced to four years for another three raids - and asked for 142 more to be taken into consideration.
They included break-ins at shops, restaurants and Cambridge United Football Club.
In one he broke into a house with other crooks and stole a 4x4 worth £14,000 which was later found burnt out.
Cambridge Crown Court heard that his most recent raid on September 9th took his total to 190.
A prolific burglar has been jailed after being caught on CCTV breaking into a home in Cambridge. Jason Turner was captured on CCTV as he raided the house in Shaftesbury Road. He grabbed some silver antiques before fleeing after the alarms were triggered However, officers recognised him from the footage and he was arrested two days later. Turner pleaded guilty to burglary at Cambridge Crown Court and has been sentenced to two years and five months in prison.
Just months after winning the 1914 boat race, four of the crew from Cambridge University lost their lives in the first world war. Today, one of the winner's medals from that race goes up for auction in Norfolk.
It is one of 70 rowing-related lots up for auction at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers in Aylsham today and tomorrow.
Cambridge won the race by 4½ boat lengths, the 31st victory for the light blues. It was to be the last race until 1920.
A woolly mammoth's tooth and the bones of a finback whale are being put on show in an exhibition at the Polar Museum in Cambridge.
The items are among many that have been provided on loan from a number of museums run by the University of Cambridge.
Objects from the University's museums have been paired with items from the collections at the Polar Museum which is part of the university-run, Scott Polar Research Institute.
Called "The Thing Is", the aim is to help visitors understand why they were collected, what their meaning is and how they are cared for.
Mammoths lived between 5 million and 4,500 years ago and the tooth has been paired with a piece of scrimshaw, an ivory carving made by whalers.
This display highlights some exceptional examples of connections between the eight University of Cambridge Museums.
A Government Inspector has confirmed her timetable for dealing with issues raised about plans to build 33,000 new homes across South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge up to 2031.
Inspector, Miss Laura Graham, says the first hearing will begin on Tuesday 4th November.
During a period of three weeks she will assess the vision set out for the plans, housing need, employment, retail and infrastructure for both areas jointly.
A second round of joint hearings would begin in January 2015, they would consider green belt issues, transport and housing delivery.
The independent examination will look at the Local Plans of Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council.
For Cambridge, the Local Plan makes provision for 22,100 jobs and 14,000 new homes, focusing in and around the city.
For South Cambridgeshire, the Local Plan proposes 22,000 new jobs and 19,000 new homes at Waterbeach, Bourn and Cambourne.
14,000 out of the 19,000 need in the south have already been committed in places on the edge of Cambridge and the new town of Northstowe.
It is good to know how and when the Inspector plans to begin the assessment so people have the opportunity to get involved by coming to see her in action. We all have the same objective as we simply want to make sure that the final version of the plan will serve the area in the best way possible up to 2031.