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Beast from the East causes chaos on the M6

There have been number of road traffic collisions on the M6 northbound carriageway between J38 and J40.

Hazardous driving conditions because of snow and ice on the road meant that only one lane was open between J38 (Tebay) and J39 (Shap).

Traffic was at a standstill while police dealt with the incidents.

A jack-knifed lorry near to Southwaite Services also closed two lanes on the southbound carriageway, south of J41.

A no-injury two-vehicle collision also closed the M6 southbound at Kendal, which involved two wagons.

Motorists are warned not to travel unless absolutely necessary as driving conditions remain hazardous.

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Police warn DO NOT DRIVE during amber weather warning

The Beast from the East has brought hazardous driving conditions to roads across the region.

Police on both sides of the Borders are advising motorists not to travel unless absolutely necessary while the amber weather warning remains in place - up to 6pm tonight.

The red warning for snow in northern parts of the Scottish Borders has now been downgraded to amber. See here for more information on weather warnings.

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Red snow alert remains in force in Scottish Borders

Credit: Drew Geddes

A red alert for snow in Scotland remains in force until 10.00am.

It covers northern areas of the Scottish Borders.

It's the highest weather warning the Met Office issues.

Police are advising people not to travel.

A RED WARNING means:

Extreme weather is expected.

You should take action now to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the weather.

Widespread damage, travel and power disruption and risk to life is likely.

You must avoid dangerous areas and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities.

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Controversial zip wire plans scrapped

Hundreds gather at Thirlmere zip wire protest Credit: ITV Border

Controversial plans for a zip wire attraction to be built across Thirlmere have been scrapped.

Treetop Trek made the announcement that they have withdrawn their planning application for the Thirlmere Activity Hub with immediate effect.

Mike Turner, Managing Director of Treetop Trek Ltd said:

We made it clear from the beginning of this process that we would not propose a scheme that was not supported by the MOD. To date we have received two contradictory communications with the MOD; one supporting the scheme and the other opposing the scheme.

The MOD’s internal investigation into Thirlmere and into what they would be happy with at Thirlmere is ongoing and unlikely to be resolved within the next eight weeks, so on that basis we are withdrawing the application.

We would like to sincerely thank all those who have supported us during this process. Their positivity has been hugely appreciated.”

– Managing Director, Treetop Trek Ltd

Campaign for National Parks, who campaigned against the planning application, have welcomed the decision.

Helvellyn voted Britain's best walk

Helvellyn has been voted Britain's favourite walk in ITV's Britain's Favourite Walks: Top 100, presented by Julia Bradbury and Ore Oduba.

The programme featured the best places to walk across the country, with routes shortlisted right across the UK, voted for by the public.

If you missed last night's show, you can find out which other of your favourite places featured here.

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Date set for decision over Thirlmere zip wire plans

Could Thirlmere be set for a zip wire? Credit: ITV Border

A date has been set for a decision to be made on the controversial plans for a zip wire attraction to be built across Thirlmere.

The Lake District National Park will hold their meeting on Wednesday 7 March 2018, a month later than anticipated.

A petition objecting to the application has received 13,535 signatures. There have also been 3,476 letters and emails of objections and 163 in favour.

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