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MP voices concerns over Ely bypass delays

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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.

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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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Dean of Ely's Christmas message

The Dean of Ely says people should remember the true meaning of Christmas.

The Very Reverend Mark Bonney said: "Around most of our Christmas trees there will be lots of presents which we're looking forward to opening - gifts given to us."

"But the biggest gift of all is the presence of God not the presents of God. The very presence of God himself amongst us always in the joys and sorrows of life."

Click below to hear the choir of Ely Cathedral singing "Away in a Manger"

Ely named kindest city in the country

Ely in Cambridgeshire has been named as the kindest city in the country. It was awarded the title after it came top in a survey carried out by a soft drinks company.

Councillor Elaine Griffin-Singh, Ely's Mayor.

Councillor Elaine Griffin-Singh, Ely's Mayor, said: "We've got the Cathedral, that obviously enriches our lives. We've got two market days a week, it's just a great place to live so if you're happy, then you're friendly, then you're kind."

Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire. Credit: PA Images

Ely bypass plans submitted

Plans for a new £30 million bypass for Ely have been submitted by Cambridgeshire County Council.

The scheme is designed to tackle congestion to the south of the city and provide better access to the city centre and rail station. A new walkway will also be built as part of the scheme.

The planning process will take around three months and is likely to be considered later this year.

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