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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.

Tesco offers communities £20k after stores 'mothballed'

Tesco is offering a £20,000 'community fund' to residents in Chatteris and Whittlesey to say sorry for not opening new stores earmarked for the towns.

Empty Tesco store to remain closed Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The deal has been struck by Fenland District Council and follows an earlier Tesco donation to Chatteris groups of £4,000 agreed with MP Steve Barclay after the store was mothballed.

The crisis-hit retailer announced last month it would close 43 stores, putting 2,000 jobs at risk.


Former teacher and priest jailed for sex abuse

David Goodstadt, 45, from Whittlesey has been jailed for 17 years. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A former teacher and priest has been jailed for 17 years for the sexual abuse of three young girls over a decade.

45-year-old David Goodstadt of Broad Street in Whittlesey was convicted of rape, attempted rape, indecency with a child and five counts of indecent assault following a trial at Peterborough Crown Court.

He was cleared of three other charges and the jury failed to reach a verdict on two other offences.

Detective Constable Amanda Sylvester of Cambridgeshire Police said: "Goodstadt is a dangerous man and we're pleased he is now behind bars. The victims showed great bravery in coming forward and ultimately giving evidence at court in order to bring him to justice."

Inquest hears how girl cried for help after driving into river

An inquest has been told an 18 year old girl could be heard shouting for help as her car sank into a river near Peterborough, after she accidentally drove off the road.

Hannah Yates from Whittlesey drowned in November last year in the River Nene, next to a notorious stretch of road known as North Bank.

A safety barrier has since been installed on the bend where it happened.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Second phase of £26m flood defence scheme set to start

Whittlesey Washes Credit: ITV News Anglia

Residents living close to a £26m flood defence scheme have been invited to find out more about the project.

A drop in session has been arranged for residents in Whittlesey and Stanground in Cambridgeshire about the Whittlesey Washes scheme. The event runs today at the Ivy Leaf Club in Whittlsey between 11am and 7pm.


Work starts on £26m flood defence scheme

Whittlesey Washes Credit: ITV News Anglia

Work has started on the first stage of a £26 million flood defence scheme at Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire.

The project will strengthen the Whittlesey Washes reservoir which protects hundreds of homes near Peterborough.

The reservoir is used to store flood waters when tides are high. Work on improving the defences is expected to take four years.

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