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£1m investment in rural roads

Scottish Borders Council announced the investment today Credit: Scottish Borders Council

Almost £1million will be invested to improve six key rural roads in the Scottish Borders.

The six roads are:

  • B6399 Shankend Quarry to C29 Junction – edge reconstruction and strengthening
  • B711 Redfordgreen to B709 at Tushielaw – carriageway strengthening
  • C29/B6399 junction at Berryfell to A6088 at Hawthornside – passing place improvements, cattle grid replacement, edge/carriageway strengthening and junction improvement
  • D1/3 Roberton to Craik – drainage and passing place improvements, edge widening and carriageway strengthening
  • D24/3 A7 junction near Northhouse to Priesthaugh Farm – drainage and passing place improvements, edge widening and carriageway strengthening
  • D53/1 C8 Talla Road junction to Menzion Forest – drainage and passing place improvements, edge widening and carriageway strengthening

A total of £590,000 has been awarded by the Strategic Timber Transport Fund for the routes, alongside £360,000 of investment from Scottish Borders Council.

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Cumbrian newspaper group appeals for donations

A Cumbrian newspaper group is appealing directly to its readers for donations to support its online service.

CN Group publishes daily and weekly newspapers in Cumbria, Northumberland and south west Scotland, including the News and Star and The Cumberland News.

On the News and Star website, the Assistant Editor pops up on a video to request a donation between £5 and £1,000.

It's not compulsory but they claim people are already making contributions.

WATCH: New nuclear plant 'will go ahead'

Here's Katie Hunter's exclusive interview with NuGen Chief Executive Officer Tom Samson. Mr Samson says he's certain the plant will go ahead.

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Copeland Mayor: Moorside will have 'lasting legacy'

An impression of what the Moorside development could look like. Credit: NuGen

The Mayor of Copeland says he has complete confidence that the Moorside nuclear project will go ahead, and leave a "lasting legacy" in west Cumbria.

Plans for a multi-billion-pound nuclear site have been thrown into doubt by the financial struggles of Toshiba, the Japanese company that owns NuGen, who are responsible for Moorside.

NuGen is now carrying out a strategic review, to determine the future of the nuclear development.

Mike Starkie said he had discussed the problems with NuGen's CEO Tom Samson today.

It is crucial to West Cumbria that this project goes ahead to ensure that we have jobs and prosperity secured for present and future generations, ensuring a lasting legacy.

We believe this is the best of UK sites for investment, and as the Centre of Nuclear Excellence, we are well rehearsed in dealing with large scale nuclear projects.

I have today (Wednesday) spoken with the CEO of NuGen, Tom Samson, and I have had a frank and honest discussion with him. I am reassured that the reasoning behind the strategic review is to ensure that the Moorside project is on the right track and the commitment to its delivery assured.

– Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland

Moorside: Toshiba considering 'sale of shares'

Toshiba is involved in NuGen's strategic review of Moorside. Credit: Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO/Press Association Images

Japanese conglomerate Toshiba is considering selling its shares in NuGen, the company behind a proposed new nuclear power site in Cumbria.

Toshiba is set to take full ownership of NuGen, because of the withdrawal of another company, Engie.

However due to financial difficulties, the firm wants to put nuclear projects outside Japan on hold.

Following an exclusive ITV Border interview with Tom Samson, the CEO of NuGen, Toshiba has released the following statement:

Toshiba and NuGen are undertaking a strategic review of its options towards continuation of the project. We cannot comment on its details.

With regard to Toshiba’s involvement of the project, no details have been decided yet, but we would like to explore alternatives, including sales of the shares, while carefully monitoring the situation, in consultation with other stakeholders including the British government.

– Toshiba spokesperson
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