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Aquafest encourages plenty to mess about on the river

It's been a lovely Sunday afternoon in July - and there's been a certain amount of messing about on the river going on in Ely.

Fine weather helped to swell the crowds at the city's annual Aquafest.

The event is now in its 40th year and is as popular as ever. If you were among the thousands of people attending, watch Matthew Hudson's report to see if you can spot yourself.

Staying afloat on a home-made raft for Aquafest in Ely. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Teenager's body found on railway lines near Ely

A young woman has died after she was discovered on railway lines in Cambridgeshire.

Police and paramedics recovered the 19-year-old's body just after six this morning close to Dimmocks Cote crossing near Ely.

A post mortem examination is yet to take place but it is suspected she died after being hit by a train. Her death is not being treated as suspicious.

New business venture in Ely as floating hotel opens

One of the first floating hotel in the East of England opens in Ely Credit: ITV News Anglia

One of the East of England's first floating hotels has opened up in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

The Hotel Waternimf is owned Donna Spence and Stuart Fowler who have spent eleven months renovating the Dutch Barge.

Inside the floating hotel Credit: ITV News Anglia

"There comes a stage in life when you want more of a lifestyle kind of business and this has been my dream now for a number of years, it's been two years in the planning, eleven months in the construction and here we are."

– Stuart Fowler, owner
Donna Spence and Stuart Fowler inside the hotel Credit: ITV News Anglia

Construction on £36m Ely bypass gets underway

The project is aiming to cut down the congestion in Ely. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Construction on a £36 million bypass in Cambridgeshire will begin today.

The Ely Southern bypass project aims to cut journey times for drivers in half, on what is a notoriously congested road.

The project will also feature a new walkway.

There have been objections to the plans from various organisations, including English Heritage, who believe the new bridges would obscure views of Ely Cathedral.

It's hoped the new bypass will be open to the travelling public by spring 2018.


Bid launched to save Minor Injuries Units facing closure

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Chloe Keedy

Campaigners have launched a petition to save three Minor Injuries Units in Cambridgeshire that could face closure.

The centres in Ely, Doddington and Wisbech are under review as part of a shake-up of health services across the county.

However, the Clinical Commissioning Group say no formal decision has been made yet.

Work to start on new £32m road to bypass low rail bridge

Work is to start on new £32m road to bypass a low railway bridge in Ely. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The New Year is bringing some long-awaited traffic changes in Ely including a bypass to cut congestion in the city.

Work will finally begin on the £32 million project to ease pressure at a notorious pinch point low railway bridge which can add up to 20 minutes to a journey.

There were objections to the plans from those including English Heritage who said new bridges would obscure views of Ely Cathedral but businesses say the benefits will be worth the disruption.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson

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