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It's electric: Windermere rail to benefit from £16m funding

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Baroness Karmer, the Government's Transport Minister, was at Windermere station to officially launch the plan to electrify the 10 mile rail line between Windermere and Oxenholme.

South Lakes MP, Tim Farron, says the announcement of a £16m investment to electrify the Windermere rail line will boost tourism and attract new businesses to the area.

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Mental health charity seeks employers help

Adam Farrer and Claire Coleman who work at Cafe West in Workington Community Hospital. West House is a voluntary organisation providing opportunities for people with learning disabilities. Credit: ITV Border

A leading mental health charity has accused employers across Cumbria of being ignorant and frightened when it comes to taking on staff with learning disabilities.

Five per cent of people living in the county have a learning disability, higher than the national average, but MENCAP says not enough bosses are doing their bit, and are missing out on the benefits.

MP to announce Windermere rail electrification

MP Tim Farron will announce the £16 million investment to electrify the Windermere rail line.

The Government's Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer, will also be at Windermere station to officially launch the upgrading plan today.

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MP 'over the moon' about rail investment

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South Lakes MP, Tim Farron, says the announcement of a £16m investment to electrify the Windermere rail line will boost tourism and attract new businesses to the area.

The Government's Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer, will be at Windermere station to officially launch the upgrading plan today.

As well as providing faster and more reliable journeys between Windermere and Oxenholme, where the branch lines links up with the West Coast main line, Mr. Farron believes it will help to protect through trains to Manchester Airport.

The MP has been campaigning for the changes, along with the Lakes Line Rail User Group.

"The plan will bring much-needed construction jobs in the shorter term and in the longer term attract new businesses, boost tourism and create a better environment for job creation. I am over the moon that we have been able to make this project a reality."

– Tim Farron MP

“This will be a shot in the arm to our tourism industry and means people can have breakfast in London and lunch in Windermere."

– Peter Thornton, Leader of South Lakeland District Council

'Employers are missing out on some really talented people'

A leading mental health charity has accused employers across Cumbria of being ignorant and frightened when it comes to taking on staff with learning disabilities. The Carlisle branch of MENCAP says bosses aren't doing enough and aren't aware of the benefits.

Sheila Gregory is the Chief executive at Carlisle MENCAP:

Man injured in crash in Carlisle

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A 43-year-old man from Workington was trapped in his car for nearly 40 minutes after a crash in Carlisle.

There was disruption to rush hour traffic whilst emergency services dealt with the incident, which happened near Victoria Place at around 7.30 am this morning (28th November).

It is believed he was taken to Cumberland Infirmary with minor injuries. No other vehicles were involved.

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