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Old January 13th, 2016, 11:55 AM   #101
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Thomas Armstrong to build temporary road in Lake District

Published at 11:14, Tuesday, 12 January 2016

A Cumbrian construction firm will take on the job of building a bypass around the collapsed section of the A591.



The news comes on the same day Cumbria County Council confirms it will construct temporary road bridge across the river Eamont at Pooley Bridge, replacing the 300-year-old structure destroyed in last month's floods.

A new bypass around a section of Dunmail Raise, which was destroyed by Storm Desmond, will be built by Thomas Armstrong Ltd.

Representatives from the firm met with the county council's designers Capita today to discuss the designs and agree the programme of work.

Work is expected to start on Tuesday, January 19, and will take three weeks to complete.

The schedule is dependent on the completion of two temporary bridges which will cross the beck that runs alongside the A591 and another beck which runs down from Birk Side.

The road will make use of existing forest road up the east side of Dunmail Raise as well as creating a new unsurfaced access road across the open fell at the top of the hill.

It will only be open to the public transport shuttle-buses, pedestrians and cyclists as it will not withstand heavy traffic.

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Old January 14th, 2016, 11:14 AM   #102
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New effort to upgrade main A595 road through Cumbria

By Kelly Pattison

Last updated at 13:53, Tuesday, 12 January 2016

A fresh bid is being made to upgrade the A595 road – one of Cumbria’s major routes.



Carlisle MP John Stevenson has written to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin calling on him to consider putting the whole of the road back under the direct control of Highways England.

He believes the matter should be explored because of the part the A595 will play in the county’s future industrial development and economic growth.

Most of the A-road, which runs from Carlisle to Barrow, is currently managed by Cumbria County Council after it was de-trunked.

Only a stretch running through west Cumbria remains under the control of Highways England as part of its national network of key routes.

The letter comes after the Transport Secretary visited another key Cumbrian route late last month. He joined other ministers, senior politicians and engineers at the A591 between Keswick and Grasmere.

In his letter, Mr Stevenson writes: “The long-term economic success of the county will be greatly enhanced if connectivity within the county is improved, particularly with regards to the road network.

“I accept that there are limited funds available in which to achieve this, but nevertheless, with the national strategic investment of a new nuclear plant on the west coast of Cumbria, improving connectivity within the county becomes increasingly necessary.

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Old January 15th, 2016, 10:50 AM   #103
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Key Cumbrian route to reopen by end of May

Published at 15:07, Thursday, 14 January 2016

The storm-damaged A591 - the key route through the Lake District - is set to reopen by the end of May, it has been announced.



Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has made the pledge during a fresh visit to the county today. It is his second visit to the A591 in as many weeks.

Kier Highways has been appointed to carry out repairs to the road at Dunmail Road and survey work on the affected area is underway to ensure the reinstatement of the full A591.

The vital Lake District tourist route, which stretches between Grasmere and Keswick, has been closed between St Johns in the Vale and Dunmail Raise since December following significant damage caused by storms Desmond and Eva.

Highways England has been brought in to deliver a full and permanent reinstatement of the road, to enable it to be reopened as soon as possible.

They are currently overseeing the complex survey work required to fully identify any further measures required, over and above the repair needed at Dunmail Raise, to allow the road to be fully reinstated.

Once identified, this work will be managed and delivered by Highways England and their contractors.

He also announced that Highways England had appointed Kier Highways to repair the section of the road which has collapsed at Dunmail Raise.

The preferred contractor to deliver repairs to the A591 north of Dunmail Raise alongside Thirlmere will be announced following the completion of urgent assessments. The work will include determining the stability of the mountain side, retaining structures, drainage and boundary walls.

The work will include improvements to the road to reduce the risk of collapse in the future.

Mr McLoughlin said: “Restoring the A591 is a vital part of our plan to get Cumbria back on its feet after the devastating floods caused by the recent storms. Tourism is an essential part of the local economy and I am pleased that work is underway to repair this major route between Grasmere and Keswick.”

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More bridges in Cumbria reopened following inspections

Last updated at 11:05, Sunday, 17 January 2016

Another three vital bridges that were closed following Storm Desmond have been reopened.

Gote Bridge in Cockermouth, Ouse Bridge in Dubwath, near Lake Bassenthwaite, and Broughton High Bridge were reopened by Cumbria County Council officials yesterday.

It brings an end to weeks of misery for some local residents and motorists who've had to endure long delays and detours to go about their daily business.

Gote Bridge, one of the main bridges that connects Cockermouth, has been closed since the initial flooding on December 6 with Ouse Bridge being closed shortly after. Inspectors were forced to close Broughton High Bridge, which connects Great Broughton with the A66, on December 14 after they believed "scouring" had taken place.

However, all three were deemed safe by county council inspectors.

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No trains from Carlisle to Glasgow-Edinburgh until March

Published at 15:47, Monday, 18 January 2016

Cumbrian rail passengers face further travel misery with the news that there will be no trains to Glasgow or Edinburgh until March after engineers found damage to a section of line was worse than first thought.




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Cumbrian rail passengers face further travel misery with the news that there will be no trains to Glasgow or Edinburgh until March after engineers found damage to a section of line was worse than first thought.
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Replacement services and timetables were put on after Lamington viaduct near Lockerbie was badly damaged by flood waters during Storm Frank in December.

ScotRail had said the full line would reopen on February 1 but that date has now been pushed back to the first week of March.

A pier of the viaduct was “on the brink of collapse” after flood waters battered the structure and engineers have used 1,500 tonnes of stone to dam part of the river and 300 cubic metres of fast-setting concrete to fill a gaping void, but more damage has now been found.

Continued bad weather and high water levels have contributed to more problems, including damage to another pier on the viaduct, three steel bearings that support the track and the foundations of the structure, ScotRail said.

Concrete supports are now to be built on either side of the second pier to strengthen it before eight metre-long rock anchors are added to the foundations.

The course of the river is also to be widened to reduce further water pressure and the rail track will be relaid.

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Old January 27th, 2016, 11:24 AM   #106
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Arriva deal spells end for unpopular Pacer trains



THE widely-disliked Pacer diesel units are set to disappear from Cumbria's railway lines, following the arrival of a new fleet of 100mph trains.

Arriva, which takes over the Northern Rail franchise in April, has signed a £490m contract for 281 carriages to be built by CAF in Spain and leased from Eversholt Rail Group. The first should be delivered by October 2018.

Features include air conditioning, audio and visual on-board passenger information systems, power sockets for charging phones and laptops, CCTV and free wifi.

Chris Burchell, managing director of Arriva’s UK trains division, said: “The contract signing allows us to replace the outdated, unpopular Pacer trains as soon as possible.”

Pacers are often used on the Carlisle-Newcastle line and less frequently on the Carlisle-Whitehaven-Barrow route.

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Old January 28th, 2016, 12:01 PM   #107
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28 January 2016 9:08AM

A bridge has collapsed on the outskirts of Carlisle.

Bell Bridge, between Sebergham and Welton, is believed to have crumbled into the river at lunchtime today.

A local businessman reported that it was there at midday, but when he drove past at 12.30pm it had vanished.

The bridge was one of those closed by Cumbria County Council last month, following concerns over its structural stability.

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Old January 31st, 2016, 12:06 PM   #108
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Roadworks planned for one of Carlisle's busiest routes



A MAJOR £100,000 roadworks scheme will take place on one of Carlisle’s busiest roads.

Cumbria County Council is investing the cash in resurfacing the A7 Eden Bridge between Hardwicke Circus and Brampton Road.

The work will take place overnight, to minimise disruption, but will see the road reduced to one lane in places – and Brampton Road closed at its junction with the A7 Stanwix Bank.

The maintenance work is scheduled to start on Monday, February 8 and is expected to last for five nights, subject to weather conditions.

The resurfacing will be carried out overnight between 7pm and 6am, during which time Eden Bridge will be reduced to one lane in either direction.

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Cumbria council to decide on future of temporary traffic lights



4 February 2016 10:47AM

CONTROVERSIAL traffic lights may become permanent - despite claims they cause chaos at peak times.

Approval is being sought to erect full time traffic lights on Low Road, Whitehaven, but not all motorists support this move.

Cumbria County Council says feedback from the temporary lights has been positive, including from residents.

It is understood the scheme could cost around £150,000 - calls to widen the road would run into millions, it is claimed.
It's chaos at peak times because there are long tailbacks and people are getting frustrated.

County councillors will discuss potential plans at a meeting in Cleator Moor tomorrow.

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Carlisle-Newcastle rail services set to return to normal



6 February 2016 10:47AM

RAIL services between Carlisle and Newcastle will resume on Monday.

Engineers are carrying out the final repairs to the west line following a huge landslip last month.

They have been on the site of the landslip, at Farnley Haugh, near Corbridge, since January 7 clearing over 35,000 tonnes of soil and debris away from the site after the wettest month on record caused a nearby drainage pipe to break.

Network Rail has confirmed that the work is almost complete and that train services will return to normal from Monday.

Rob McIntosh, route managing director at Network Rail, said: "Thank you also to the community living near the site of the slip for their ongoing patience and understanding with what has been a significant rebuild project which is set to carry on for many weeks.

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Old February 6th, 2016, 08:38 PM   #111
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And just to counter the good news above:

also from the News and Star

THE railway between Carlisle and Leeds is expected to partially reopen today following a landslip near Appleby.

But Network Rail says passengers can still expect delays and it will be the end of the month, at the earliest, before services return to normal.

A replacement bus service has been operating since the landslip closed the line on January 31, adding substantially to journey times.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “It is expected that one of the two lines will be reopened later today, to allow a reduced train service to run between Carlisle and Leeds.

“A full service is not expected to resume until at least the end of February.”


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At least there is a service running, albeit with delays due to single line running, after the full closure on Thursday 4th.
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Old February 7th, 2016, 08:49 PM   #112
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Bus service to plug the gap between Keswick and Grasmere

A vital link across Dunmail Raise will return on February 16.

Cumbria County Council has announced plans for a public bus service on the A591 connecting Keswick and Grasmere.

Services will use the temporary road which is being built to bypass 'The Gap' on Dunmail Raise.

Forecasts for high winds over the next few days are set to delay completion of the temporary road.

The crane needed to install the second Bailey bridge cannot be operated in high winds. They delayed the installation of the first Bailey bridge earlier this week.

The bus service, operated commercially by Stagecoach, will connect with existing bus services at Grasmere.

It will operate on an hourly basis from 7am until 7pm six days a week, with a two-hourly service on a Sunday between 10am and 5pm.
Full story at http://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/o...8054bf05e72-ds

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Great news, Stagecoach have been working with Cumbria County Council to improve the connections between Grasmere and Keswick due to the recent flooding caused by Storm Desmond..

Significant damage was caused to the A591 and whilst we wait for the Highways Agency to rebuild the road again, we will run a shuttle service along the western shore of Thirlmere, connecting people once again to Keswick.
The new 555 shuttle timetable between Grasmere and Keswick will be available as soon as we know the temporary bridges are in place.

The 555 shuttle service between Kendal and Penrith via the A6/M6 that connects with the X4/X5 will no longer run once the new shuttle service is up and running.

Passengers using the shuttle service can also take advantage of our special fares. Buy a 1 day Explorer on the shuttle bus for only £5 or a 7 day North West megarider Gold for just £20. You can then use these tickets on any Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire service for the duration of this ticket.

Keep up to date with us @StagecoachCNL and we'll keep you posted as soon as we know this service will start.
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Looks like my sort-of optimistic comment about the Settle & Carlisle a couple of days ago was a bit premature:

This from Network Rail today (9th February)

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Settle-Carlisle line shut after further ground movement at landslip site

The Settle-Carlisle line was closed to passenger and freight trains today for safety reasons after Network Rail’s ground measurements detected further movement of a railway embankment at Eden Brow.

"The safety of the railway is always our top priority. While we recognise the impact that closing this important route will have on many people, we need to close this railway line in order to undertake extensive repairs.

Since movement of the embankment was first detected by aerial monitoring, we have had a team of experts on site to monitor conditions and to measure ground movement. This team measured significant movement of the embankment overnight and we have needed to close the line.

Major repairs are needed and the line is likely to be shut for many weeks while these take place."

Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail
Full story at http://www.networkrail.co.uk/news/20...ment-landslip/

Probably a good thing that much of the coal traffic that used the route has diminished greatly recently.

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Repair of this road can't come soon enough, it being the main route from Keswick to the central Lake District. I don't know why the report is written in one line paragraphs.

From the North West Evening Mail

http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/lakes/...15e940f9bb4-ds

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Work starts to repair Cumbria road destroyed by storm

A HIGHWAYS boss is confident an improved stretch of the collapsed A591 will withstand future storms.

Two months after it was badly damaged by Storm Desmond, work finally got under way today to restore the key road - which provides a vital link between the north and south Lakes.

However, the Dunmail Raise stretch will not be ready to take traffic until May.

Andy Withington, senior manager at Highways England North West, said: "We need to repair approximately 120 metres of the A591 which had collapsed.

"That involves excavating the existing road down to the under level, then start to build it back up.

"It's not a small amount of work but we are aiming to do it by the end of May."

Once repaired, the road will have a reinforced wall to prevent it from washing away in heavy rainfall.

Mr Withington said although it isn't a quick fix, it will be worth it in the long run.

Asked if he can assure residents it won't happen again, he said: "Absolutely. The existing road was just over an embankment which got washed away by high water flows.

"We are building a reinforced concrete retaining wall, tied in to the rock with steel columns.

"It will be very secure. We have been tasked with making sure there won't be a repeat, and there won't be.

"It's a very substantial repair."

There has been some criticism of the time it has taken to start the repairs to what is a key tourist route, linking Keswick and Grasmere.

But Mr Withington said Highways England was only asked to help Cumbria County Council with the project a month ago.

"The secretary of state committed to do something at the beginning of January so although it might not seem like a quick response, it has only been four weeks," he said.
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Falling numbers and road closures blamed for end of bus service



12 February 2016 10:15AM

A bus service along the Cumbrian coastline has been axed – with falling passenger numbers and constant road closures being blamed.

Wigton-based Reays coaches has confirmed that their number 60 service which runs from Skinburness through to Workington will end next month.

The firm says that the number of people using the service has been low and that repeated closures of the B5300 coast road between Silloth and Maryport has made running it no longer commercially viable.

Last month it was revealed that locals were angry at how often the road was closed because of problems with debris being washed ashore.
I think the situation needs a complete rethink and the community needs to come forward and say what they require

Business owners in Silloth and along the route have been critical of the highways authorities, claiming more needs to be done to keep the road open, or reopen it quicker.

However, Cumbria County Council stated it is done in order to keep motorists and members of the public safe.

Reays has run the service since 2001 for the county council and continued to operate it when the authority pulled its route subsidy two years ago.

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Update from Network Rail, with plenty of detail about the nature and magnitude of the problem on the S & C, issued on 12th February.

Not lookling good at all if it is still slipping.

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Railway between Carlisle and Appleby to be closed for several months after major landslip

The line between Carlisle and Appleby is to be closed for several months due to a major landslip involving an estimated 500,000 tonnes of earth.

The section, at Eden Brows on the Settle to Carlisle line, two miles north of Armathwaite, was closed by Network Rail on Tuesday (9 February) after aerial surveys and ground monitoring revealed the embankment had moved so much it was no longer safe to run trains.

The area of land affected by the landslip is more than 130m long and 70m wide.

Network Rail’s team of geotechnical specialists are carrying out detailed ground investigations using borehole equipment. The results of these comprehensive measurements will be used to design a lasting repair. At this stage it is not possible to provide an accurate timescale for the final repairs but it will take several months at least.

Martin Frobisher, Network Rail’s route managing director, said: “An estimated 500,000 tonnes of earth have moved already and the embankment is still moving. That's 10 times the weight of the QE2 ocean liner when it is fully loaded. The extent of this landslip means it is no longer safe for this section of railway to be open to trains.

“Our monitoring has detected a twist fault in the tracks caused by the ground movement. The slip is accelerating and it is not safe to run trains in this situation.
Full article at http://www.networkrailmediacentre.co...after-landslip
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Cumbria council to decide on future of temporary traffic lights



4 February 2016 10:47AM

CONTROVERSIAL traffic lights may become permanent - despite claims they cause chaos at peak times.

Approval is being sought to erect full time traffic lights on Low Road, Whitehaven, but not all motorists support this move.

Cumbria County Council says feedback from the temporary lights has been positive, including from residents.

It is understood the scheme could cost around £150,000 - calls to widen the road would run into millions, it is claimed.
It's chaos at peak times because there are long tailbacks and people are getting frustrated.

County councillors will discuss potential plans at a meeting in Cleator Moor tomorrow.

Read more http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Cu...e29bc31bec1-ds
I live on the other side of Whitehaven and occasionally use Low Rd to get to the Aldi on Preston St. If these lights weren't on Meadow View, it would be chaos again as the road is almost single lane due to parked cars on the left hand side and many times lorries have been stuck, and also parked cars have been damaged by people trying to squeeze through.
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MP encouraged by minister's road upgrade response



15 February 2016 8:50AM

THE fight to upgrade one of Cumbria’s most notorious roads is stepping up a gear.

Crucial studies are underway that campaigners hope will confirm that securing improvements to the A595 is of national importance.

Hundreds of millions of pounds is being made available for roads upgrades nationwide where authorities can argue that the work will boost their area’s economy.

Drivers, politicians and business leaders have for years been pushing for the road to become a dual carriageway amid frustrations about congestion and slow journeys.

And pressure is growing on the Government to make that happen with huge developments on the cards – not least a new nuclear power plant at Moorside, near Sellafield – that will lead to a huge surge in traffic.
Carlisle MP John Stevenson wrote to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, calling on him to consider putting the whole of the road back under the control of Highways England, a move he believes will ease the journey towards upgrade.

He has now had a response from Transport Minister Andrew Jones, who has said that Highways England will soon consider arguments for roads that should be taken under its control as part of the strategic roads network, for which an investment plan is being drawn up for post 2020.

And key to securing a place in that investment plan could be the results of a survey by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership into the county’s infrastructure.

Cumbria County Council is also working with Highways England on the

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No trains from Carlisle to Glasgow-Edinburgh until March

Published at 15:47, Monday, 18 January 2016

Cumbrian rail passengers face further travel misery with the news that there will be no trains to Glasgow or Edinburgh until March after engineers found damage to a section of line was worse than first thought.




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Published at 15:47, Monday, 18 January 2016

Cumbrian rail passengers face further travel misery with the news that there will be no trains to Glasgow or Edinburgh until March after engineers found damage to a section of line was worse than first thought.
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Replacement services and timetables were put on after Lamington viaduct near Lockerbie was badly damaged by flood waters during Storm Frank in December.

ScotRail had said the full line would reopen on February 1 but that date has now been pushed back to the first week of March.

A pier of the viaduct was “on the brink of collapse” after flood waters battered the structure and engineers have used 1,500 tonnes of stone to dam part of the river and 300 cubic metres of fast-setting concrete to fill a gaping void, but more damage has now been found.

Continued bad weather and high water levels have contributed to more problems, including damage to another pier on the viaduct, three steel bearings that support the track and the foundations of the structure, ScotRail said.

Concrete supports are now to be built on either side of the second pier to strengthen it before eight metre-long rock anchors are added to the foundations.

The course of the river is also to be widened to reduce further water pressure and the rail track will be relaid.

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Some good news for once: the West Coast Main Line is to re-open on 22nd February

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TRAIN services will begin returning to normal on the West Coast Main Line next week when the route fully reopens following major engineering work.
Replacement services and timetables were put in place after Lamington in Lanarkshire was badly damaged by flood waters during Storm Frank in December.
Engineers have been working over the last two months to save the structure from collapse - meaning diversions and slower services for those travelling north from Carlisle.
The full line was initially due to reopen on February 1 but that date was pushed back to the first week of March.

Full story at http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/la...63f4425b153-ds


Network Rail press release at http://www.networkrailmediacentre.co...ay-february-22

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Car park charges cut in bid to boost city centre trade



16 February 2016 8:16AM

CHARGES are being cut in a Carlisle car park as part of efforts to get people to stay in the city for longer.

The city council is introducing a slight reduction on rates at the Upper Viaduct car park in the city centre.

The move comes after officials noticed a marked increase in the number of people using the car park in the wake of December’s devastating floods, which took the payment machines out of action.

From tomorrow, it will become 20p cheaper to park for three to four hours, 40p less for four to six hours and 50p cheaper for up to nine-and-half hours. Those prices will be £2.60, £3 and £3.50 respectively.
We want to encourage drivers to use our car parks as revenues are ploughed back in to supporting essential council services

More reductions at council-owed car parks are due to come into play from April.

Some drivers have said they started using Upper Viaduct again while pay and display machines were out of action and have continued using it since the machines returned to full working order – a fact that’s not been lost on council officials who are keen not to see numbers drop off again.

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