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Network Rail to be quizzed over Ely junction upgrade

The Ely North junction. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

MPs and business leaders will quiz Network Rail this morning about a much-needed upgrade of the Ely North junction.

It follows months of lobbying to ensure a promised half-hourly service on the King's Lynn to London line are on schedule for next year.

"The Ely Junction is now the critical bottleneck holding back the vital Norwich to Cambridge to Stansted 'Innovation Line' which could create thousands of jobs in rural Norfolk."

– George Freeman MP, Mid Norfolk (Con).


Britain's quietest train station

Shippea Hill near Ely is Britain's quietest train station in the UK.

The quietest train station in the UK has been revealed and it's in Cambridgeshire.

Only one train stops at Shippea Hill near Ely during the week and even that has to be on request.

The Office for Road and Rail say in the last financial year just 22 exits and entries were requested on the platform there.

It'll be no surprise that the busiest station is London Waterloo.

Fears £35m Ely North junction upgrade could be delayed even longer

There are fears that a £35m upgrade to one of our region's main railway junctions could be delayed even longer than was feared.

Work to expand the capacity and increase the frequency of trains through Ely in Cambridgeshire was due to be finished by 2017.

Now it will be 2019 before Network Rail even begins a new feasibility study into the plans.

It comes after a report raised concerns that a number of level crossings around Ely would not cope with the upgrade.

Today the MP for South West Norfolk Elizabeth Truss met with Network Rail, to push for the improvements to come sooner.

Click below to watch Emily Knight's report:

Major improvements to West Norfolk rail line delayed until at least 2019

Major improvements to the junction at Ely North will be delayed. Credit: ITV Anglia

Commuters in West Norfolk may have to wait another 10 years for twice-hourly trains between London and King's Lynn, after it was announced major improvements to the junction at Ely North will be delayed.

Network Rail say the £35 million upgrade, which was set to start in 2016 and is key to the introduction of the new service, has been put back to at least 2019, when the next funding period starts.

It follows a review carried out by the company's chairman.

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Cannabis smell at primary school traced to wild flower

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A strong cannabis smell wafting through a primary school was discovered by police to be a wild flower.

Cambridgeshire Police were called to a primary school after parents and teachers noticed the pungent aroma in the car park.

They found the smell at Rackham Primary School in Ely, on Wednesday, was coming from a wild flower, the phlox, which has an 'almost identical smell'.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: "We can happily reassure the community there isn't cannabis production going on in that area.

"Although the plant looks entirely different to cannabis in appearance - it would certainly give a false positive to the most sensitive of noses.

Usually found in North America, the phlox has a smell so similar to cannabis that it has previously fooled police sniffer dogs.

Man arrested after death of motorcyclist on A10

A motorcyclist has died in a crash on the A10 in Cambridgeshire.

The collision with a Ford Transit happened near Stretham at around 4pm on Wednesday 28 October.

A 35-year-old man from Ely was arrested and bailed on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact the road policing unit on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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