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Rail: Broken down freight train affecting services

A broken down freight train between March and Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire is affecting East Midlands and Cross Country services.

East Midlands services between Norwich and Peterborough may be delayed at short notice or cancelled.

CrossCountry services have also been suspended between Peterborough and Ely with trains now unable to run.

It's also affecting Abellio Greater Anglia services.

A recovery train is en-route and engineers are assessing the problem.

Government urged to press ahead with Ely North Junction upgrade by local MPs

The Ely North Junction. Credit: ITV News Anglia

MPs and business leaders are calling on the Government to press ahead with a £35 million upgrade to the Ely North Junction.

It's claimed the improvements to the rail route would attract more firms to the area and would also enable faster rail journeys to London.

The group laid out the plea in an open letter to the Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin.

"This is a vital investment which represents superb value for money, and given that the business case for it has already been fully established, it needs to be given the green light now."

– Henry Bellingham MP

Alfie's summer challenge raises £2,250 for charity

8-year-old Alfie McCreadie Credit: Alfie's family

An 8-year old boy from Ely has raised £2,250 for charity by walking for twenty minutes a day through the whole of his summer holidays.

Alfie McCreadie came up with the idea after being bullied about his weight.

He decided he wanted to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.

84 people turned up for Alfie's final 20 minute walk at the weekend in Ely.

"It was quite a spectacular site seeing all these people young and old walking around the green cheering Alfie on."

– Hannah McCreadie, Alfie's mother
More than 80 people turned out to support Alfie Credit: Alfie's family

Hannah McCreadie, Alfie's mum, says his fitness has improved and they are overwhelmed by the support people have showed him.

"I'm very happy I have completed my challenge. I've done a great thing for charity, raised lots of money and I'm really happy."

– Alfie McCreadie


Base-jumpers caught on camera off Ely Cathedral

Caught on camera jumping off Ely Cathedral Credit: Spotted in Ely

Two men who posed as tourists and base jumped of Ely Cathedrals west tower have been caught on camera.

These pictures were taken at around 2pm on Saturday when the daredevils threw themselves almost 215 feet from the West Tower - parachuting on Cross Green

Once landed the pair ran way down The Gallery.

The two men involved had booked tickets for an organised tour tower. The tours are very popular and take place daily in groups of up to 14 people escorted by an experienced guide. The Cathedral says that on this occasion the guide had no idea of their intentions to jump and could not have foreseen this incident.

"Ely Cathedral takes the safety of their visitors, staff and volunteers very seriously. They are currently reviewing their policies, along with other Cathedrals and significant landmarks in the UK, to ensure this type of activity does not happen again. It is a blessing no one was hurt. "

– Spokesperson, Ely Cathedral
The grounds of Ely Cathedral Credit: Spotted in Ely

Police said although not illegal they do not advise people put themselves in danger.

Train line between Peterborough and Ely could be made a community rail service

The train line between Peterborough and Ely could be made a community rail service. Credit: Department for Transport

Rail users on the train line between Peterborough and Ely could be given more say in how its run after the government announced plans to turn it into a community rail service.

The Hereward Line runs for 29 miles through Manea, March and Whittlesey.

If it is designated a community service, local people could have more say over the design and operation of passenger services.

"By designating the Hereward line as a community rail service, we can breathe new life into this route, ensure its long term future, and improve connections that will help grow the local economy."

– Claire Perry, Rail Minister

Nineteen rail lines around the country have been designated as community lines since 2005 including the Wherry Lines services between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft and the East Suffolk Lines between Ipswich, Felixstowe and Lowestoft.

Ely: Official trailer for film version of Macbeth released

The official trailer for the new film version of Shakespeare's Macbeth has been released, including scenes filmed at Ely Cathedral.

For the Ely scenes, local people were used as extras alongside stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.

The 12th century cathedral has been the location for several blockbusters.

Macbeth is due in cinemas on October 2.

Click below to watch the trailer

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