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Northern Powerhouse Minister: Cumbria infrastructure to be reviewed alongside airport investment

The Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry MP, has been visiting Carlisle Airport today as nearly £5million government funding was announced.

Mr Berry told ITV Border that the transport network throughout the county would also be reviewed, to improve connectivity to the airport:

Stobart boss: Carlisle Airport could run domestic passenger flights within the next year

The boss of Stobart group, which owns Carlisle Airport, says passenger flights to UK destinations could be taking off by summer 2018.

£4.75-million government funding from the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership will be used to improve the runway and terminal.

We asked Stobart CEO, Andrew Tinkler, what the future of passenger flights from Carlisle Airport is going to look like:

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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.

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.

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