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£16m funding sparks upgrade for Windermere rail

The Government has announced a £16 million investment to electrify the Windermere rail line in the Lake District.

The 10 mile branch line links the National Park to the west coast main line at Oxenholme. It will be upgraded to allow electric trains to run on the route for the first time.

Ministers says it will create a faster, more reliable and greener service. Tim Backshall reports

Panthers on the prowl

Carlisle Panthers basketball team are preparing for their new season under the guidance of former Argentina International Diego Maggi. The Panthers who run Senior, wheelchair and junior sides are looking to raise the profile of the sport in Cumbria and encourage a new generation of players to take up the game. Ryan Dollard reports.

Heritage enthusiasts sought to survey listed buildings

Are you passionate about where you live and keen to save your area's historic landmarks? If so, there might be a job for you!

Yes because volunteers are being sought to help survey listed buildings in West Cumbria and full training on what to look for will be given.

In a moment we'll be speaking to Rose Lord from the North of England Civic Trust about how you can get involved, but first this report from Kate Walby.

To find out more about the scheme, click here.

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Mental health charity seeks help from employers

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. Paul Crone reports

Minister: Rail upgrade 'absolutely crucial'

The Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer, says the electrification of the Windermere rail line is 'absolutely crucial.'

She was speaking after announcing the £16m investment, at Windermere station.

The 10 mile branch line links the National Park to the west coast main line at Oxenholme. It will be upgraded to allow electric trains to run on the route for the first time.

She says it is vital for visitors and locals to improve the links to Manchester Airport.

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