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MP 'over the moon' about rail investment

Windermere, which will have electric trains from 2017 Credit: ITV Border

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

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£16m to electrify Windermere rail line

Windermere, which will have electric trains from 2017 Credit: ITV Border

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. The Government says it will mean faster and more reliable journeys.

The work will be carried out by Network Rail as part of its electrification programme across the north. It could be completed by 2017. Other routes being electrified include Manchester to Liverpool, Preston, Leeds and York, and Preston to Blackpool.

The Government says the National Park and the visitors using the railway will be taken into account as the work is carried out.

Campaigners have long called for the line to be electrified to improve the service and protect its future.

“Electrifying this key rail link will support the vital tourism industry in the area, and help us build a stronger economy in the Lake District and beyond."

– Baroness Kramer, Transport Minister

Council to move to new £10 million HQ

Cumbria County Council is to move to a new headquarters, costing £10 million, in Carlisle city centre.

More than 20 crumbling and delapidated offices will now be closed to be replaced by the new building on Botchergate.

As Paul Crone reports, council officials insist the move will save a million pounds each year in running costs.

Virtual tour: Council HQ plans approved

Plans for a new Cumbria County Council headquarters in Carlisle have been approved.

The 10 million pound base is part of a restructure that will see the council move from twenty-two properties in the city to just two. Officials say the move will save around a million pounds every year.

Click below to take a virtual tour around the plan of the new building:

Deciding plans on £10 million council HQ

Plans of how the £10m HQ will look. Credit: Cumbria County Council

Cumbria County Council's cabinet meet today to decide on plans for a new £10 million headquarters in Carlisle.

It's part of a restructure that will see the council move from 22 properties in the city to just two, a move officials say will save around a million pounds a year.

Plans of how the £10m HQ will look. Credit: Cumbria County Council

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Keswick locals save with credit union

It's estimated over two million people use so called Pay Day loans in the UK, a number that's likely to rise in the run up to Christmas.

A non-profit credit union set up across Cumbria providing affordable loans to local people is proving to be a huge success.

Keswick is just one of the town's where the credit union is available, as Paul Crone discovered.

Earlier Pam Royle spoke to Frank McKillop from the Association of British Credit Unions. They represent the majority of Credit Unions in Cumbria, including Allerdale. She began by asking him how much of a role credit unions play in our communities?

Tough times for West Cumbria's dairy farmers

A warning that the falling price of milk is making dairy farming in West Cumbria almost unsustainable.

The National Farmers Union is holding a meeting in Cockermouth this evening to discuss the current crisis. Some farmers are being paid five pence per litre less than they were three months ago. Katie Hunter reports:

Falling milk prices hit Cumbrian farmers

Since the start of this year some farmers have seen milk prices fall by up to 5 pence per litre. Credit: PA

Cumbrian farmers are meeting tonight (25th November) to discuss falling milk prices.

The National Farmers Union President Meurig Raymond will be at Cockermouth's Hundith Hill Hotel at 7.30pm.

Cumbria's isolated geography means there are fewer processors willing to pick up milk from more remote patches of the county, giving farmers few options.

Since the start of this year some farmers have seen prices fall by up to 5 pence per litre.

NFU Cockermouth group secretary David Jones said: "All NFU members are welcome to attend this meeting and as well as the current dairy problems, we'll also be discussing the current turbulence in the beef and sheep markets."

Full report: Health staff strike over pay

Health staff across Cumbria have taken part in a strike over pay. Planned operations were postponed and clinics cancelled as workers from several unions walked out for four hours this morning.

It was part of an England-wide day of action. The UK government says it can't afford to give all staff the 1 per cent pay rise they're calling for. Katie Hunter reports:

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