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In today's podcast, we have the story about Pakenham residents who have called for a timetable change to their weekly bus service as they say spending nearly four hours in Bury St Edmunds is too long.

Though passengers praised Suffolk County Council for the number 300 sponsored service operated by Stowmarket Minibus and Coach Hire, they said the 10am to 1.45pm Wednesday service needed to be changed as its mainly elderly customers needed less time to complete their shopping.

In response, Suffolk County Council said it is happy to consider a timetable change but there is a legal requirement for a 70-day notice period to the Traffic Commissioner.

Also, hundreds of cancers are not discovered until they have progressed to the most deadly stage of illness in Suffolk, new figures show.

A 'cancer catastrophe' could be on the cards if more is not done to reduce the number of people receiving late diagnoses, according to charity Cancer Research UK.

In 2019 - the most recent figures available from NHS Digital - At least 504 cases diagnosed by medics in the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG area had reached an advanced stage with 271 in the NHS West Suffolk CCG area.

Safety improvements are to be made to a East Suffolk junction described as 'lethal' for its risk of near-miss accidents.

Cash has been secured for changes to the 'Gibraltar Crossroads' which connects the B1078 and High Road between Ashbocking and Suffolk Rural college - formerly Otley College.

It will feature an extension of the 40mph speed limits nearby, as well as signs and warning lines.

The improvement plan is set to cost £9,500.

And finally, a Popular Bury St Edmunds-based restaurant is set to open a new branch in Cambridge in March.

Gastrono-me, which is inspired by worldwide café cultures and offers plenty of vegan and vegetarian alternatives, will open its second highly anticipated restaurant in Bridge Street, taking over the former Bella Italia site in the city.