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Old February 17th, 2016, 11:08 AM   #121
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Train services to return to normal on West Coast line



17 February 2016 9:58AM

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.

But ScotRail has now confirmed that train services will resume running over the viaduct on Monday February 22.

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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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A change of heart from Reays regarding this bus service. From the News and Star

"CAMPAIGNERS have won their battle to keep the vital coastal bus service between Silloth to Workington.

Reays Coaches announced last week that it was due to end its number 60 service from the end of next month because the B5300 road at Dubmill Point was closed so often that the service was no longer financially viable.

The firm made a U-turn on its plans after Allonby villagers wrote to Workington MP Sue Hayman and the district and county councils to find out if the coach company could get support.

Chris Reay, the firm’s managing director, said: “We have decided to try to retain an essential service for people getting to school and work, although we understand it is going to be a loss maker."

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Old February 23rd, 2016, 12:42 PM   #123
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Stobart completes £17m Carlisle Airport deal



23 February 2016 8:47AM

STOBART Group has completed a sale and lease back of its new freight distribution centre at Carlisle Airport for £16.9m.

But it says the deal with Gramercy Europe, a real estate investment fund, does not affect plans to start scheduled passenger flights and will be a “catalyst for future development” and “attract inward investment and create sustainable jobs”.

The bulk of the 315,000sq ft freight distribution centre is sub-let to haulier Eddie Stobart to provide storage space to service two long-term distribution contracts.

It was completed only last year after Stobart overcame a series of legal challenges to planning consent from nearby farmer Gordon Brown.

The company says the deal with Gramercy “justifies the group’s perseverance through a prolonged planning process” and has generated an excellent return for shareholders.
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Chief executive Andrew Tinkler said: “The transaction is in line with our strategy of realising value from mature assets and creating value for shareholders.

“We believe that this development will attract further inward investment at Carlisle Airport, securing and creating jobs in the area by offering cheaper logistics solutions at a location close to the Lake District and the border with Scotland.

“There is also the opportunity for Stobart Air to create passenger air services, attracting business customers who require fast, effective transport links and giving tourists more efficient access to Cumbria and south west Scotland.”

Under the agreement, Stobart Group will lease back the distribution centre from Gramercy for an initial term of 20 years.

Carlisle Airport covers 460 acres, of which only 212 acres are required to operate the airport.

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Pooley Bridge could have bridge link back by Easter

By Mark Green

Last updated at 10:58, Saturday, 09 January 2016

Pooley Bridge could have a bridge link back in time for the Easter holidays.

Floods minister Rory Stewart has negotiated a deal for Highways England to take responsibility for the construction of a single carriageway steel structure.

The bridge and road are the responsibility of Cumbria County Council, but the MP for Penrith and The Border has brokered a groundbreaking arrangement.

He said: “It is a very complex project and we are doing something we have never done before.

“Highways England has never agreed to take over something like this before.”

The national roads organisation will take on the design, engineering and construction of the bridge and then hand it back into the ownership of the county council.

“The best route is to build it to the lake side,” added the MP. “People will then have the option to decide if they want to build something more sympathetic in stone.

“It is absolutely critical for the village and for tourism to get this bridge in place and people have been working very hard and very fast on this.

“I am pressing for it to be done by Easter.”

The news was welcomed by businesses in Pooley Bridge.

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Progress at Pooley Bridge.

From the News and Star, 24th February:

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A NEW bridge will be in place at Pooley Bridge by the end of the week - but it will not open immediately.

Engineers have so far cleared the remnants of the old stone bridge out of the river, established the construction site and agreed the safety and environmental measures needed to work so close to water.

The team from Story Contracting is working round-the-clock to create the road bridge and footpath.

A large crane will be in the village this weekend to pull much of the new structure across the river and it is set to take a further week to jack it into its final position.

Work to lift the carriageway on both sides of the B-road up to the height of the new temporary bridge must also be done before it can be opened to the public.

The pledge is that it will be open for Easter - a vital date for the village and the wider Ullswater area, with both relying on the tourist trade.

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Old February 29th, 2016, 10:17 AM   #125
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More regarding Temporary Pooley Bridge,--

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Bridge boost for divided community



29 February 2016 8:55AM

A TEMPORARY replacement for Pooley Bridge, swept away by Storm Desmond in December, is on target to open on March 20.

The opening came a step closer on Sunday when a 200-tonne crane, with a 42-metre boom, pulled the nose of the structure into place reuniting the two river banks for the first time in almost three months.

Engineers expect to jack the bridge into its final position by Wednesday.

Story Contracting has been working on the project for four weeks.

Site manager Dave Newton said: “We had nothing to work with because the abutments had been washed away.

“We had to put in a steel pile and fill behind it with concrete.

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Old March 2nd, 2016, 10:40 AM   #126
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Traffic won't be allowed on key Cumbrian route

TRAFFIC will not be allowed to travel on the new temporary road standing in for the A591.

Highway engineers do not think the temporary road could be opened to two-way traffic without causing gridlock and two hours of queues at each end.

On average, around 5,000 vehicles travel on the A591 a day in the months of March, April and May.

Given this likely volume of traffic and the narrowness of the road, highway engineers have decided the temporary road should not be opened to more vehicles.

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Old March 4th, 2016, 10:10 AM   #127
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Carlisle to Settle rail line repair plan agreed



3 March 2016 10:32AM

A PLAN to repair a 500,000-tonne land slip which has closed part of the Settle to Carlisle line has been agreed.

The repairs at Eden Brows, near Armathwaite, will involve building a structure underneath the affected section of the railway in order to support it. Major earthworks to stabilise the embankment will also be carried out.

Network Rail, whose engineers agreed the deal, said that it cannot estimate at this stage how long it will take to carry out the repairs, due to the scale of the slip, the fact it is still moving, and the inaccessibility of its location.

The line was closed between Appleby and Carlisle on February 9.

Since then, passengers have been able to travel on trains between Leeds and Appleby but have had to use replacement bus services between Appleby and Carlisle.

After conducting aerial and ground surveillance, Network Rail detected a 130m by 70m section of the Eden Gorge embankment below the railway, and above the River Eden at Eden Brows, was giving way.

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Old March 4th, 2016, 07:27 PM   #128
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Network Rail Press Release about the S & C Line:

http://www.networkrailmediacentre.co...lway-land-slip

One telling statement is "It is not clear at this stage precisely how long this work will take due to the scale of the slip, the fact the earth is still moving and the inaccessibility of its location."

It does not sound too good to me.
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Old March 5th, 2016, 12:15 PM   #129
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http://www.networkrailmediacentre.co...lway-land-slip

One telling statement is "It is not clear at this stage precisely how long this work will take due to the scale of the slip, the fact the earth is still moving and the inaccessibility of its location."

It does not sound too good to me.
Yeah,--this could take quite some time,--especially if the land is still moving,---cheers madannie.
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Old March 7th, 2016, 10:35 AM   #130
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Driverless lorries set to be trialled on M6 in Cumbria



7 March 2016 8:22AM

A STRETCH of Cumbria’s M6 motorway looks set to become a test route for driverless lorries.

It is thought the vehicles could be tested in platoons on the M6 near Carlisle as part of the initiative, which Chancellor George Osborne is expected to confirm funding for in his Budget next week.

This proposed scheme would see the vehicles travel in a tightly-packed convoy designed to improve fuel consumption by reducing drag.

Steering, acceleration and braking of the road train would be controlled by a driver in the lead vehicle. The drones behind would have a driver in each cab as a safety precaution to regain control in the event of an emergency.

It is hoped this technology could improve road safety.

Paul Tatters, head of roads and transport policy for the AA, has issued warnings about the idea.

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Old March 8th, 2016, 10:36 AM   #131
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Temporary bridge at Pooley Bridge ahead of schedule

7 March 2016 6:41PM

THE construction of a temporary bridge at Pooley Bridge is ahead of schedule and it is due to be opened a week earlier than planned.

Cumbria County Council is optimistic the bridge could be opened to traffic and pedestrians by Sunday, March 20, in time for Easter.

Keith Little, the council's cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “This is great news and reflects a tremendous amount of work by council staff and our contractors Story Contracting, Mabey Bridge, Capita, Waitings Drainage and Mott McDonald.

"It was a very tight schedule, and there could still be setbacks, but to be a week ahead of where we expect is a real bonus. Getting a bridge back in place was critical for the village, and the wider Lake District, and especially important before visitors start arriving at Easter."

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Old March 11th, 2016, 10:06 AM   #132
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A591 to reopen sooner than expected



11 March 2016 8:41AM

HOPES are rising that the A591 at Dunmail Raise will re-open to traffic earlier than expected.

The main road between Keswick and Ambleside was closed by a landslip when Storm Desmond hit at the beginning of December, effectively cutting the Lake District in two.

Kier Highways is repairing the road and Cumbria County Council had said it would reopen for spring bank holiday weekend at the end of May. But work is ahead of schedule and the council says it could reopen sooner.

Councillor Keith Little, the cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: “We are now hopeful that the A591 will be open in advance of the bank holiday.

“This is great news and gives businesses in the area a clear date to plan for. It is of course subject to any unforeseen delays but as it stands this is very good progress.”

Although Stagecoach has been allowed to run an hourly shuttle bus between Keswick and Grasmere since February – using a resurfaced forest road – the route is not wide enough to open to other traffic.

The bus service has been popular, leading Stagecoach to lay on duplicate vehicles at busy times to cope with demand.

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Work to improve pedestrian safety at busy town centre junction



11 March 2016 12:48PM

WORK is due to start next month to improve a busy town centre road junction.

The county council is to start work on the junction between Jane Street and Washington Street in Workington on April 4 to improve safety.

Work has recently been completed at the Ramsay Brow junction to raise the height of the pedestrian crossing lights and make the crossing safer as part of the same scheme.

Councillor Joe Holliday, who represents St John’s ward on the town, district and county council, said he had raised the issue of safety at the Ramsay Brow crossing since the pedestrian crossing lights were lowered around five years ago.

He said: “The issue is that the green man light is right next to the crossing, but that is a busy area and if it’s crowded you can’t see it.


“You just have to watch what the person right next to it does, but what if they decide to cross without waiting for the green man? We weren’t able to change them before because the law didn’t allow it.

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Old March 13th, 2016, 11:49 AM   #134
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Repair work due to start on flood-hit bridges



12 March 2016 5:50PM

WORK is expected in the next month to repair three bridges shut by December's floods.

Repairs are expected to start on Isel Bridge on March 18 and take about eight days.

Cumbria County Council is working with BT to make sure crane work does not disrupt phone lines.

Around six days of work are due at Southwaite Mill Bridge from March 26, followed by about five days of work on Dearham Bridge from April 3.

The repairs to those two bridges have been delayed due to heavy rain and high water levels.

Repairs to the open Blennerhasset Bridge are expected to begin on Monday and take four days.

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Council says sorry and pays back cash after wrongly fining motorists



CUMBRIA council has apologised after wrongly fining drivers parked in a town centre.

It has admitted its civil enforcement officers have spent more than a year issuing tickets to vehicles parked on an unadopted piece of road in Workington.

The section of Edkin Street, running from the corner of Laura Ashley towards a service yard, is next to the adopted highway the council controls.

A county council spokesman apologised for the error and said all paid fines were refunded after the problem was brought to the authority’s attention.

The news comes weeks after it was revealed that Allerdale council had ticketed vehicles parked in a service yard behind Campbell-Savours Way in Workington despite having no authority to do so.

It, too, apologised and said refunds would be issued.

At Edkin Street, the county council issued 15 unauthorised tickets in 2015 and eight in the first two months of this year.

Parking tickets can only be issued in areas covered by legal orders.

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Bridge closed after divers discover foundations damage



16 March 2016 6:09PM

A FLOOD-HIT bridge has been closed after damage to its foundations was discovered.

Blennerhasset Bridge, on the U2077 road, had been open and waiting for repair for what was thought to be minor scouring to the bridge piers and damage to a downstream weir.

A dive inspection yesterday showed additional significant damage to its foundation, forcing immediate closure.

Repair work that was due to be carried out this week is now being reviewed and a fresh timeline is being drawn up.

It is not yet known whether this will delay scheduled works to other bridges.

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Extra roads cash is good but it's 'never enough' - county leader



19 March 2016 10:02AM

THE leader of Cumbria County Council has welcomed a huge new funding boost to help repair the county’s flood-ravaged roads and bridges – but has admitted it’s “never enough”.

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Stewart Young said that the £82.6 million of Government cash that has been pledged to Cumbria should cover vital repairs to the county’s infrastructure needed in the wake of Storm Desmond.

The latest funding announcement means the total pot available to the county council for these issues is just under £122m following an earlier pledge from transport ministers.

Mr Young said that the authority’s highways team were already using the money on projects to repair the A591 and restore the bridges in Pooley Bridge and Eamont Bridge.

He said: “It’s never enough. We are hoping it will be enough to repair the damage.

“But we would’ve had aspirations to do more than that to make us more resilient.

“We are continuing to talk to the Government but at the moment this is very welcome.”

With about 30 bridges remaining closed following December’s floods, the scale of the job still facing the authority is vast. Mr Young added: “If we hadn’t have got any money we would’ve been in desperate straights.

“We wouldn’t have been able to do this work, in fact we would’ve had to stop doing some.”

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Temporary bridge at Pooley Bridge ahead of schedule

7 March 2016 6:41PM

THE construction of a temporary bridge at Pooley Bridge is ahead of schedule and it is due to be opened a week earlier than planned.

Cumbria County Council is optimistic the bridge could be opened to traffic and pedestrians by Sunday, March 20, in time for Easter.

Keith Little, the council's cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “This is great news and reflects a tremendous amount of work by council staff and our contractors Story Contracting, Mabey Bridge, Capita, Waitings Drainage and Mott McDonald.

"It was a very tight schedule, and there could still be setbacks, but to be a week ahead of where we expect is a real bonus. Getting a bridge back in place was critical for the village, and the wider Lake District, and especially important before visitors start arriving at Easter."

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And the bridge is going to open tomorrow, 20th March.

http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Te...9088ee85248-ds

Which is great news.

One thing which puzzles me is the almost complete lack of information coming out about repairs to Eamont Bridge which was also closed after the floods.
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Regarding Eamont Bridge,---you are right madannie,--there isn't much information being given, ---the last update I found was from last month--when the residents of the Village were angry that repairs to the Bridge was too slow,---

This from ITV Border News.

http://www.itv.com/news/border/2016-...f-two-bridges/
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Thanks for that, denm. I had not seen that report as I very rarely look at the ITV websites. I would have expected to have read about the residents' complaints in the local papers, but nothing seems to have surfaced there.
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