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Good evening. First tonight, the papers on the BBC

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Good evening. First tonight, preparations in Cambridge are

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underway for the Tour de Fr`nce Today the head of the world's

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biggest cycle race, Christi`n Prudhomme visited the city. It's the

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third stage of the race starting on the seventh July and is thotght to

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bring tens of millions of pounds to the local economy. 200 of the

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world's top cyclists will travel from Cambridgeshire into Essex and

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then onto London. Mike Cartwright reports.

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Like its starting line, the race will be burned into the memory of

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this region. The eyes of thd world watching our part of the world,

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chosen by him, Christian Prtdhomme hosting a sporting spectacld. . It

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is important to have Cambridge as a city of cycling. It seems a long

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time ago that we were able to announce that the tour was coming

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here. From October last year, we discovered the route it was going to

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take. We have a mark on the spot where it will start. This is the

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last of three stages. 100 mhles and around three hours racing and

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winding its way through Essdx, into Chelmsford, past Harlow and

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finishing in London. Cycling superstars flying through this

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village. They have noticed before the tour arrives, something else has

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gone. There has been the talk of potholes in this race but they have

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closed the village and they have resurfaced the road. Up the hill

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here, there are a few more holes that need filling. The roads are

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looking absolutely beautiful and it really is going to be a showpiece

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for the country. We are verx proud. This is known as the prettidst

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village in the whole of Essdx. It is right that it should come through

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it. It is right that it shotld come through. Fireworks celebratdd the

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Tour de France's coming. He`vily promoted up north and some `re

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asking why the same has not been done down south. We will sed

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coverage on the route but also areas not on the key route which will be

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frequented by visitors to the city. It is as much about telling people

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it is coming as well as celdbrating and welcoming it.In July, they will

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line up. The biggest bike r`ce on the planet right here in our region.

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Next ` investment in our ro`ds and railways. First ` a new report on

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plans to re`open the eight lile stretch of railway to passengers in

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Wisbech. Tonight the Ministdr of State, Greg Clarke, describdd the

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line as an attractive proposal and agreed to discuss financing a

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further detailed study with the Government. The line would link

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Wisbech and March through to Ely and onto Cambridge to boost economic

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growth. Waseem Mirza has bedn looking at the report.

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Katherine, the report was commissioned by both Cambridgeshire

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County Council and Fenland District Council. It looks at the financial

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viability of re`opening the disused line at Wisbech and the bendfits of

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opening a new station there. It s been closed to passengers for the

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last 30 years but the track still exists. The idea, investment in

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rail, to help unlock economhc growth. The report suggests that

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re`opening the line would cost between ?50 and ?75 million. But

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according to the councils that investment would generate a three

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fold return of up to ?81 million, benefiting the whole of the Fenland

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area. Now ` with better transport links comes easier access to the

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city and the jobs it generates. If the line was reconnected to the Ely

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Peterborough track, Cambridge could be reached in just 40 minutds. And

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with a faster commute from Wisbech, the Fenland areas could become an

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attractive place to live. In Cambridge, the average housd price

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is almost ?360,000. Compare that to the area around Wisbech just under

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?140,000. This independent report is just the beginning of the journey to

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get this disused line up and running again. But according to the local

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MP, the campaign is gathering pace. The key is keeping the momentum and

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getting an Rail study. We h`ve to look at the number of level

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crossings that we need. `` Network Rail started. We have to look at

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engineering work in the fans. We have to look at that in det`il.

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Campaigners for the line ard now looking to the Government for help.

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They want ?250,000 to carry out a further study looking at kex options

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for the development ` which local councils say is vital for the

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economic growth of not only Wisbech but Fenland too.

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More now on a new ?10 million link road which opened today in

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Huntingdon. The route is only half a kilometre long but it bypasses the

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town's ring road linking thd north of Huntingdon directly with

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Hinchingbrooke hospital and the railway station. It is a tiny

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stretch of road but it will have a huge impact. Motorists wanthng to

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cross the town no longer have to drive all around the ring road. It

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is a good short cut. There hs a lot of queues at the moment. Dignitaries

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gathered to open the road and within minutes, the fences were reloved and

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the first traffic was allowdd through. There are plans for new

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houses, business facilities and shops and it is hoped Huntington can

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tempt people away from Peterborough and Cambridge. We have largd areas

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to the north and south of us and this creates jobs and prospdrity and

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it has to be good for the local populace. Work will start l`ter this

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year. In Football and an important result

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for Peterborough in League one. They beat Gillingham by two ` zero. The

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result keeps Posh in sixth place in the table but extends their

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advantage over seventh placd MK Dons to six points with just fivd games

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remaining. That's all from the late team. Time to get the weathdr now

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with Alex Dolan. We have clear sky out there and

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light winds. Temperatures m`y get down to four Celsius in the

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countryside. We start tomorrow quite chilly. The centre and could turn

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hazy at times but it is gendrally a milder air mass. There will be

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lighter winds and temperatures may get above 14 Celsius. It dods look

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dry but rather cloudy for the afternoon. Here is the outlook.

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dry. Maybe a bit of light rain on Friday. A quiet spell for us. Not so

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on the other side of the world. As you have been hearing, there is not

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a great deal happening in the weather over the UK over the next

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couple of days. Meanwhile, we have been attacked

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thing -- tracking an active spring storm in the US. There have been

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reports of flash flooding and tornadoes. You can see a narrowband

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which is weakening and heading out to the Atlantic. It is the Atlantic

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tonight that will pick up whether funds to the north of the UK,

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bringing with them or cloud and outbreaks of rain. Meanwhile,

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pressure remains relatively high to the south. There is a small chance

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of patchy mist and fog and low cloud by the end of the night. But

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temperatures will fall away again. A chilly start to Wednesday morning.

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There will be a bit of a

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