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Old May 16th, 2014, 07:13 AM   #101
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Remember that if you buy on the train having passed an open ticket office or working machine, you'll not be able to take advantage of special fares or railcard discounts too!

Enjoy the trip - it's got some great views this time of year.


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Old May 17th, 2014, 03:47 AM   #102
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Thanks. Planning on going to Cumbria Pride, but I probably won't decide till the week before.
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Old May 17th, 2014, 07:34 PM   #103
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Yes, or from the ticket office if it's open. In the evening when the barriers are unmanned and therefore open, lots of people buy their tickets on the train - but strictly speaking you aren't supposed to.
I'm old enough to remember when there were manned barriers at Newcastle, staffed by some of the most miserable and unhelpful people in the city. I always recall my mother asking someone on the platform where the train to Carlisle went from and was told to look at the effing board.
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NEW THREAD ABOUT CUMBRIA . . .

Over on the Urban Showcase Forum of SkyscraperCity, there is a fairly new thread with some excellent rural photos (and urban ones) from Cumbria.

The thread was created by Forum Member the_sage, and has a simple one-word title - CARLISLE.

The thread can be found at this link . . .

Carlisle
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...light=carlisle
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Old June 21st, 2014, 05:14 PM   #105
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Excellent jobs news for Whitehaven and the return of a traditional industry.

Plans to restore Whitehaven's coal mining industry

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-27773853

Mining could restart next to the site of a former Cumbrian colliery that closed almost 30 years ago. The Haig Pit in Whitehaven was shut in 1986 after 70 years with the loss of 3,500 jobs.

Now, the West Cumbria Mining Company is investing £14.7m in a study to examine whether coking coal could be extracted close to the site.
The firm believes there could be as much as 750m tonnes available in a 75 sq mile area around the colliery. Mark Kirkbride, chief executive officer of the company said: "The UK is currently a substantial net importer of coking coal for industrial use, the majority of which is sourced from Australia and the USA. "It therefore makes economic sense to source available coking coal on our own shores if sufficient amounts can be accessed and mined economically. "Whilst it's too early to talk about specific details, we believe that mining has the potential to bring significant economic benefits to the local area in the future, including high quality new jobs."

Cumbria County Council will decide on whether to give planning consent to exploratory drilling, the main mining operation and any necessary remediation work, once plans have been submitted.

Cllr David Southward, said: "The rebirth of mining in West Cumbria would be a massive boost to regeneration in the area.
"We've started some initial discussions with the company and they seem to be receptive to getting the maximum local input and involvement on their plans. It's early days, but this would be a major string to the region's bow." Limited onshore test drilling is due to start later this year, with offshore tests in 2015.

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Old July 7th, 2014, 04:54 PM   #106
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More good jobs news for Cumbria

http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/2-...deal-1.1146688
2,000 jobs hope as Government backs Growth Deal

Published at 00:01, Monday, 07 July 2014

A £27 million cash injection that should create nearly 2,000 jobs in Cumbria has been announced.
George Beveridge

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) today struck an agreement with the Government that will allow eight major money and jobs-spinning schemes to go ahead.
The Growth Deal, backed by Prime Minister David Cameron, is also expected to see a further 3,000 homes built in the county and be a trigger to seeing a wider combined £50m of public and private investment in the next few years.
Among the landmark projects getting cash support is the creation of a new business and transport hub on part of the Ministry of Defence’s Longtown depot.
That scheme, estimated to create just over 370 jobs, is getting a £3m Public Works Loan to carry out transformation work needed there and help exploit its rail links with the Port of Workington.
In Carlisle, £2m is to be spent creating a new access road from Eastern Way to the Durranhill Industrial Estate to open up further investment opportunities there that could create about 100 jobs.
Work on a £26.5m Nuclear Technology Innovation Gateway - creating a centre of excellence for the industry in west Cumbria - has received a £1.5m injection.
A further £2m is to be spent improving the A591 road between Kendal and Keswick to upgrade transport links and help boost the county’s tourism industry.
Other projects benefiting include a major industrial development at Barrow Waterfront, where a high-tech industrial park - with submarine builder BAE systems a key player - will be created. That project receives £5.5m.
Announcing the cash package, Mr Cameron said: “This historic deal means real change with exciting plans for Cumbria.”
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg added: “We’re placing the power and money in the hands of people in Cumbria who know how to spend it best, making a real difference to communities.”
Cumbria LEP chairman George Beveridge described the Government backing as a “great result” for the county.
He said: “There is £12bn worth of major scheme investment already in the pipeline for Cumbria and this new money will help deliver the infrastructure, skills base and support needed to support that investment.
“The Cumbrian economy is at a watershed moment and it’s important that we now know that we have Government backing for our priority schemes.”
The county had put forward a four-pronged attack to secure funding, focussing on: advanced manufacturing; nuclear and energy excellence; vibrant rural and visitor economy and strategic connectivity of the M6 corridor.
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Old July 8th, 2014, 10:45 PM   #107
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Yeah and there's the new power station at Sellafield as well. Very positive. Now let's get some decent trains on the coastal line.
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Old July 9th, 2014, 10:11 PM   #108
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Yeah and there's the new power station at Sellafield as well. Very positive. Now let's get some decent trains on the coastal line.
This is the problem, the infrastructure is terrible locally. What really is needed, and this has been mentioned for over 20 years, is a by pass for Whitehaven, a by bass around Bigrigg, dualling the A66 from Cockermouth to Bridgefoot and a southern by pass for Workington. Also I would like to see Transpennine extend its service to Workington, allowing direct access to Manchester.
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Old September 26th, 2014, 10:01 AM   #109
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Top chef Terry Laybourne hooks up with business leader Nigel Mills on new project

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Top chef Terry Laybourne hooks up with business leader Nigel Mills on new project
Sep 25, 2014 21:50 By Graeme Whitfield


Terry Laybourne

Nationally renowned restaurateur Terry Laybourne is hooking up with one of region’s best known businessmen on his latest venture.

The boss of the Newcastle-based 21 Hospitality Group has been announced as the consultant to the planned Bistro at The Lakes Distillery in Cumbria being put together by Nigel Mills, chairman of the Entrepreneurs Forum in the North East.

The casual bistro and bar, at what is to become England’s largest whisky distillery, will be housed in the converted Victorian model farm. Diners will be able to view the distillery’s handmade copper stills producing The Lakes Single Malt, Lakes Gin and Lakes Vodka, with nearby views that show the unsurpassed beauty of the River Derwent and Bassenthwaite Lake.

Mr Laybourne said: “We’re aiming to create something genuinely unique, a bistro that will take its food and service seriously, a venue we hope will become one of Cumbria’s most popular destinations. We want to keep our visitors stimulated and so the menu will be constantly evolving to reflect the seasons and the local produce available. The bistro will aim for a relaxed, lively daytime and evening service with a front of house team focussed on offering diners a great experience.”

The bistro will also house the distillery’s boardroom, a private dining area for 30 people where the casks of maturing whisky can be viewed. The area will be host to the distillery’s Connoisseurs’ and Founders’ Club events.
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Old October 1st, 2014, 09:33 AM   #110
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This from Construction enquirer,--

£350m Glaxo factory in Cumbria gets green light


GlaxoSmithKline has got planning to build a £350m biopharmaceutical factory at Ulverston in Cumbria.

It will be the first new GSK manufacturing facility built in the UK for almost 40 years and will employ around 450 construction workers at peak.

Read more http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...s-green-light/
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Business Interview: Nigel Mills, Chairman of The Lakes Distillery

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Business Interview: Nigel Mills, Chairman of The Lakes Distillery
Oct 12, 2014 18:59 By Tom Keighley


Nigel Mills, Chairman of The Lakes Distillery

Faith, hope, luck and love are the four words emblazoned on the quatrefoil design that features throughout the Lakes Distillery buildings.

Faith is certainly a tenet of Nigel Mills’ career to date. Luck doesn’t figure. The former convenience retail player - who since 1986 had built up 77 thriving Mills - was in the market for a new business to grow after selling up to Tesco in March 2011. An intervening period spent investing in property and running The Trout Hotel in Cockermouth, proved not enough for the born entrepreneur.

Flash forward to September 2013 and the world was shown “The One” - the first blended whisky to emerge from Mills’ latest venture - The Lakes Distillery. Developed out of a once derelict Victorian model farm near Bassenthwaite lake, The Lakes Distillery has been a lesson in putting the right team together.

With names like former Federation Brewery man Geoff Hodgson, former Mills Group finance director Martin Stokoe, and Paul Currie, the founder the award-winning Arran Distillery in Scotland - Mr Mills has carefully assembled his force for the £5m venture which aims to reach £3m turnover a year.

Read more @ http://www.thejournal.co.uk/business...airman-7916969
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Old October 15th, 2014, 02:30 PM   #112
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The former Chapel Bank steelworks to change hands for the fourth time in 16 years.
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/cu...sold-1.1168525
Indeed, this is the last remnant of a steel industry that once employed 4000 people in Workington.
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Whitehaven is to get a new cinema and restaurant complex 13 years after the last cinema closed.
http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk/news...plex-1.1183701
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This from the Construction Enquirer,--

Eric Wright go-ahead for Cumbria County Council HQ


Eric Wright Construction has got the green light to start construction of a new headquarters for Cumbria County Council in Carlisle.

The £10.4m offices in Botchergate will allow the council to cut its office buildings in the city from 22 to just two by 2018.

It currently faces a £13m maintenance backlog liability on existing accommodation, along with high running costs. Selling the majority of these offices and moving to a custom-built premises will save around £1m each year.

Read more http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...ty-council-hq/
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Old January 18th, 2015, 12:27 PM   #115
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This from the News&Star,--

Four new housing schemes approved by Carlisle council

A building boom is accelerating with work poised to start on hundreds of new homes.

Planning permission has been given for nearly 170 homes in a string of schemes in and around Carlisle.

They’ve been given the go-ahead as debate continues over 190 more in another proposed development.

Supporters hope the schemes will ease the city’s affordable housing woes as well as injecting further confidence in the economy. A growing population is frequently flagged as a key factor in Carlisle’s financial future.

Four developments were approved by city councillors yesterday. They were:
•Ninety-nine homes at Hardrian’s Camp, Houghton, by Story Homes.
•Eighteen homes near the Border Terrier pub in Morton, by housing association Riverside.
•Twenty-nine detached homes near Suttle House, Wigton Road, by Esh Developments.
•Twenty-two homes at Thorn Edge, Station Road, Cumwhinton, by Magnus Homes,

Read more http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/fo...ncil-1.1187155
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Eric Wright Construction has got the green light to start construction of a new headquarters for Cumbria County Council in Carlisle.

The £10.4m offices in Botchergate will allow the council to cut its office buildings in the city from 22 to just two by 2018.
Great news for an area that looks a little run-down at times. The new offices should be visble from train approaches to the city as well.
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Old January 20th, 2015, 12:16 PM   #117
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Here's something different,--
This from the News & Star,--

Cumbrian firm to supply tomb for defeated king

The final resting place of a king defeated in battle more than 500 years ago is being supplied by a Cumbrian stone firm.


King Richard III

The remains of Richard III - whose death in the 1485 Battle of Bosworth heralded the start of the Tudor dynasty - were rediscovered under a car park in Leicester in 2012.

He will be reburied in the city's cathedral on March 26.

Read more http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/cu...king-1.1187449
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This from the News & Star,--

Cash grants extended to help with flood defence work

More homeowners whose properties have been swamped by floodwater can now apply for a grant to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

A Government scheme, awarding cash to people living in Copeland to make their homes more resilient to floods, has been expanded to include people affected from April 1, 2013.

Money was previously only available if someone had been flooded between December 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014. However, an extension to these dates has been announced by Copeland council.

Peter Kane, the authority’s portfolio holder for the environment, welcomed the change.

Read more http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/ca...work-1.1187763
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This from News&Star,--

Job losses possible at chemicals plant says owner

A consultation is continuing into the future of 72 jobs at Workington’s Pentagon Chemicals.

US company Vertellus Specialities Ltd, which bought the company last year, told the News & Star that the consultation, which began last month, may result in some job losses.

Chrissy Walling, senior executive assistant at Vertellus, said: “I can tell you that we are commencing in consultations in relation to business reorganisation which we believe may result in a small number of redundancies.

Read more http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/jo...wner-1.1188056
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Job losses possible at chemicals plant says owner

A consultation is continuing into the future of 72 jobs at Workington’s Pentagon Chemicals.

US company Vertellus Specialities Ltd, which bought the company last year, told the News & Star that the consultation, which began last month, may result in some job losses.

Chrissy Walling, senior executive assistant at Vertellus, said: “I can tell you that we are commencing in consultations in relation to business reorganisation which we believe may result in a small number of redundancies.

Read more http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/jo...wner-1.1188056
I knew two people who were paid off from Pentagon Chemicals six years ago. and it's been ailing ever since. It's one of the last remnants of a major industry in west Cumbria. I can remember when Marchon Chemicals in Whitehaven employed over 2000. It's sad but once major employers in the area such as coal, steel, chemicals and textiles have largely gone.
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