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Cumbria County Council has welcomed today's announcement of what it calls "major changes and investment in the rail network'.
It says the tenders, which will commence in April 2016 and will last for a minimum of seven years, will affect the entire railway network within Cumbria.
Council Leader Cllr Stewart Young said that the changes were the result hard work done through years of lobbying by the council.
Windermere and the Furness Line will reportedly benefit from franchise plans announced by the Government this morning.
The new 'Northern Regional' service means that by December 2017, Windermere should have two trains per day to Manchester Airport from Monday to Friday.
It also means that the Furness line is expected to have eight trains a day to Manchester and Manchester Airport, as well as extra trains along the Cumbrian Coast that it's claimed will be timed to better serve workers' shift patterns.
The number of seats on trains in the North West is to increase by a third, under Government plans to reduce overcrowding on the region’s rail network.
There will also be an extra 200 services every day across the Northern and Trans Pennine rail franchises, which cover Cumbria.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says that Pacer trains will be scrapped as part of the plans.
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