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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.

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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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Ely Cathedral gets £500,000 grant to repair roof

Ely Cathedral is known as 'The ship of the fens' Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ely Cathedral has been given £500,000 to carry out important repairs on its South Nave Aisle roof.

The money, which comes from the First World War Centenary Commemoration Fund, will be used as part of a continuing programme to restore and conserve the historic Cambridgeshire building.

It is the fourth grant the cathedral has received from the fund.

Ely firework display stopped early after firework goes off in face of volunteer

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

An organised fireworks display in Cambridgeshire had to be stopped early on Saturday after one of its volunteers was injured.

The man was attending to the fireworks at the Ely XT during the display on Cherry Hill in front of the cathedral, when one exploded in his face.

ITV News Anglia has chosen not to show the exact moment the explosion happened.

The display was stopped immediately and he was taken to Addenbrooke's hospital for treatment.

Organisers say he's now recovering well at home.

At last nights Ely XT firework display one of our firework crew was unfortunately injured during the display.

He was attended to by on-site first aid and later treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital. He is now recovering well at home.

We would like to thank the Ely XT committee, the on-site first aiders and all members of the public who have wished him a speedy recovery.

– Spokesperson, Ely XT

Commuters in the East face further delays in 2017

Engineering works will take place over the Christmas and News Year period Credit: ITV News Anglia

Commuters in the East of England will face further delays to train services in 2017.

There will be ten days of engineering works over the Christmas and New Year period.

Services from Cambridge to Ely, and from the Norwich to London line, will be the most affected.

Weekend services will continue to disrupted until May 2017 to allow improvements to take place. Replacement buses will operate between Essex and London.

It's part of a £250 million project to improve the reliability of the railway.

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