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'Uber for bikes' scheme coming to Cambridge

The 'Ofo' system allows potential riders to use a smartphone app to 'hail' a bike Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new bike sharing scheme - dubbed "uber for bikes" - is due to be launched in Cambridge.

The "Ofo" system, which is the first of its kind in the UK, allows users to hail bikes in the same way as a taxi.

They'd then drop them off at their destination, where other users can then pick them up. The scheme will be rolled in March and the company says the cost of a journey will be under £1.

The Ofo bike-sharing scheme in Cambridge is under preparation. The first batch of bicycles, which are customized for British people, is on the sea, and will arrive at Cambridge in March.

We are going to bring our successful experience from China to Cambridge. With the Ofo app users can simply hire a bicycle anytime and anywhere on demand.

We are in touch with people from council and university to see if there is any help we can do to promote the cycling environment in Cambridge. We are also looking for some talented people to join us.

– Ofo spokesman

CQC: Addenbrooke's staff 'worked really hard' to improve

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The Care Quality Commission has praised staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital for working "really hard" to turnaround services for patients.

The health watchdog changed the rating of Addenbrooke's from 'inadequate' to 'good' following a re-inspection.

Cambridge University Hospitals Trust, which runs the hospital, placed into special measures in April 2015. Inspectors were particularly concerned about its maternity and outpatients services.

Speaking to ITV News Anglia, Fiona Allinson, the CQC's head of hospital inspections for the East, said staff had since "improved the situation enormously" at the hospital.

"It's a real sense of congratulations for the staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

"They've worked really hard to turn the issues around so that they're now being rated as good."

– Fiona Allison, Head of Hospital Inspections, Care Quality Commission


Social mobility scheme extended to Ipswich and the Fens

The government's social mobility programme targets young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A scheme aimed at helping schoolchildren reach their potential is to be extended to Ipswich and the Fens.

The government's social mobility programme targets young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Norwich was part of the first wave of funding and now Ipswich, and Fenland and East Cambridgeshire will also get help to improve schools, careers advice, mentoring and set up apprenticeships.

The government says it is extending the scheme as part of its plan to help Britain succeed once it has left the EU.


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