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One of the East's busiest rail junctions gets funding boost

Five railway lines come together north of Ely - creating a bottleneck of services. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Major improvements to one of Anglia region's busiest rail junctions has moved a step closer.

It comes after nearly £9 million of funding was secured for preparatory work.

Five railway lines come together north of Ely, creating a bottleneck of freight and passenger services.

Business leaders say a better junction would unlock economic growth across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

“The Ely NorthJunction project will bring with it huge improvements for passengers in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, and for services connecting the UK’s busiest container port at Felixstowe with the Midlands and the North – both delivering jobs and economic growth for the East.

"We’re confident that our investment can convince Government of the vital need for this project, and create the rail network businesses and passengers want and deserve.”

– Mark Pendlington, Chairman, New Anglia LEP


Five-year-old critically injured after 'being hit by learner driver'

Police believe the driver of the car was a learner driver Credit: PA

A five-year-old boy has suffered life-threatening injuries after a suspected learner driver crashed into him in Saffron Walden.

The youngster was struck by a Renault Megane on Wednesday, which then crashed into a house in Gabriel Street.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "Police believe the driver was a learner and there were L-plates on the vehicle."

The boy was airlifted to hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

The driver and passenger of the vehicle have been voluntarily interviewed by police and inquiries are continuing.

Police are keen to speak to children who were with the boy at the time of the incident but have not yet spoken to officers.


Mobile visitor centre for A14 updates will tour towns & villages

Work has already begun on the A14 upgrade between Cambridge and Huntingdon Credit: ITV News Anglia

A mobile visitor centre with information about the upgrade of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon, is being launched.

Highways England say it will visit towns and villages affected by the work on the road and will have information on how to plan journeys as well as updates on its progress.

Highways England want to be able to visit local communities along the route with information that will benefit more people, rather than asking them to come to a static visitor centre.

With this mobile visitor centre, the team will also head to business premises, local events, libraries, community and support groups as in particular over the next few years.

After today's launch, the mobile visitor centre will have its first outing at Tesco Bar Hill on Wednesday 15th March.

Read more about the start of work on A14 upgrade.

Construction on £36m Ely bypass gets underway

The project is aiming to cut down the congestion in Ely. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Construction on a £36 million bypass in Cambridgeshire will begin today.

The Ely Southern bypass project aims to cut journey times for drivers in half, on what is a notoriously congested road.

The project will also feature a new walkway.

There have been objections to the plans from various organisations, including English Heritage, who believe the new bridges would obscure views of Ely Cathedral.

It's hoped the new bypass will be open to the travelling public by spring 2018.

Two vehicle crash closes A11 on Suffolk-Norfolk border

A crash has closed the A11 northbound between Elveden and Thetford.

The A11 is closed northbound on the Suffolk-Norfolk border near Thetford because of a serious crash involving 2 vehicles.

The road is closed between the B1106 at Elveden and the B1107 at Thetford.

Highways England have put in a diversion turning off the A11 at Elvedon onto the B1106. Then it's a right turn onto Green Road before joining the B1107 and heading towards Thetford to re-join the A11 northbound.

Drivers are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and consider an alternative route.

Driver cut from lorry after crash closes A47 for 90 minutes

A lorry driver suffered minor injuries but needed cutting from his cab after a crash with another truck. Credit: Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

A lorry driver was cut from his cab by firefighters after two trucks crashed on the A47 at Thorney near Peterborough.

The road was closed eastbound for 90 minutes on Friday morning after the accident.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said that nobody was seriously injured in the incident.

The driver who was extricated from the lorry escaped with only slight injuries.

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