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MP: Ely bypass needed to ease congestion

Area where the Ely bypass would be built Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cambridgeshire MP Sir Jim Paice has told English Heritage that he "strongly disagrees" with their objection to the planned Ely bypass.

The MP met with the organisation's chief executive over concerns the bypass could threaten views of Ely Cathedral. He says the bypass is needed to ease congestion.

Move to secure improvements on Welney Wash Road

People living in a West Norfolk village are edging closer to having year round access to a road that is often shut due to flooding.

Every year the A1101 Wash Road in the east of Welney is left to flood so that local homes can be protected. However it means the village is effectively split in two with residents facing a 28-mile detour.

The County Council is now looking for more than a million pounds to change all that by raising the height of the road.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Jim Rice


Firefighters will remain at scene of spray shop fire for "a few more hours"

The damage caused by the blaze at an industrial estate in Ely. Credit: Cambridgeshire Fire Service.

Firefighters in Ely expect to be on the scene of a blaze at a spray shop unit for a few more hours.

Six fire engines and a water carrier were called to the industrial estate at Lancaster Way just before 7am today.

Eight cars, a large collection of wood, and a wooden structure on the site were all completely destroyed.

The fire is now under control but crews expect to remain at the industrial estate for a while longer.

Station Commander Brenan Morgan said: "Crews worked very hard to contain the fire between the buildings to the wood to not let it spread.

"It really was an excellent effort by the crews to prevent this fire spreading any further."

Fire crews on the scene at Ely. Credit: Cambridgeshire Fire Service.

MP voices concerns over Ely bypass delays


The Cambridgeshire MP Jim Paice has called a meeting with English Heritage over concerns they're holding up plans to build the proposed Ely bypass.

Mr Paice, Conservative MP for South East Cambridgeshire, says the new road is needed to ease congestion in the city, but English Heritage say it would be harmful to views of Ely Cathedral. The plans are due to be considered by Cambridgeshire County Council.

More than £2 billion to be spent on rail improvements in the Anglia region

Billions to be spent improving rail services in the East. Credit: ITV Anglia

More than £2 billion pounds is to be spent on improving our rail network in the Anglia region over the next five years.

Network Rail is planning to spend up to £200 million pounds on improvements between Felixstowe and Ipswich to ease congestion.

There will also be major re-modelling work at Ely to increase capacity there, while £50 million pounds will be spent on a signalling upgrade between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

And a new operations centre will open at Romford in Essex next year to take control of the regions signalling.

£247 million pounds of that will go towards increasing capacity on the East coast Main line which runs through Peterborough.

The Bedford to Sheffield line will be electrified for the first time and work will start on the east west rail scheme which is a new line linking Milton Keynes and Bedford to Oxford.

The money comes from a national pot of £38 billion pounds.


Ely schoolboy uncovers lost history of WWI victim

The First World War claimed millions of lives, with row upon row of headstones marking the graves of fallen soldiers in cemeteries throughout the world.

Now, a teenager from Ely in Cambridgeshire has uncovered the story of one of the very first casualties of the Great War, and with it a piece of his family's history that's remained hidden for generations.

Click below to watch a report by Laura Jones.

Hollywood stars to film Macbeth in Ely

Marion Cotillard Credit: PA

Hollywood is coming to Ely in Cambridgeshire. Oscar winner Marion Cotillard and Twelve Years a Slave star Michael Fassbender will be in the city to film a big screen version of Shakespeare's MacBeth.

Michael Fassbender Credit: PA

The film company is also looking for local people to appear in the film as extras.

Plans for a new £30 million Ely bypass receive council backing

The plans for the new bypass. Credit: Cambridgeshire County Council

Plans for a £30 million bypass around Ely have won the backing of the district council.

The one-mile road will run to the south of the city and aims to solve bottlenecks caused by the level crossing at the train station.

However, the scheme has been criticised by English Heritage and the Campaign to Protect Rural England which say views of the cathedral could be harmed.

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