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Brampton 'Bus Buddies'

A pioneering scheme to get people out of their houses and onto the buses has been launched in Cumbria. It involves a team of volunteer 'bus buddies' who accompany passengers, and help them navigate routes and timetables.

For some it's about getting their independence back after losing their driving licence due to ill health. For others, it's simply about having a friend to travel with.

Katie Oakes joined them on the bus to Carlisle.

'Bus Buddies' launches in Brampton

People in rural areas using the 'bus buddies' Credit: ITV News Border

A pioneering scheme to help people who use buses in rural areas has been launched in Brampton in Cumbria.

The team of volunteer 'bus buddies' want to help people who may be using public transport for the first time, or are nervous about navigating the routes and timetables.

David Shepherd started the initiative last week after seeing the success of a similar scheme in Clitheroe in East Lancashire.

"It's about getting people out of their houses and giving them their independence back. We hope to help people who will then team up and help each other to get into town and further afield."

– David Shepherd


Mud and slurry on the line stops train services

Mud and slurry blocking the Newcastle-Carlisle line. Credit: Network rail

A mudslide in Cumbria has stopped all train services between Newcastle and Carlisle.

Network Rail workers are currently on-site trying to pump mud and slurry off the tracks.

Despite earlier indications that the line would re-open at 12, Network Rail said they are doing "everything they can" but could not confirm a time for the service to return to normal.

Replacement bus services are in place.

The train line is blocked at Brampton Fell, just outside Brampton. Credit: Network Rail

Train line expected to reopen at 12noon

Mud on the line has suspended all services between Carlisle and Newcastle.

The line is has been closed since 9am this morning and expected to reopen at around 12noon once the debris on the line just outside Brampton has been cleared.

A spokesman from ScotRail said: "We would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused by this incident, which was beyond our control."

Replacement bus services are running between Carlisle and Hexham and Hexham and Newcastle.


Cumbrian dog first in Europe with three prosthetic legs

This is the picture which inspired Vanessa to re-home Glory from Romania to Cumbria Credit: Vanessa Bamkin

Glory's learning to walk and run on her new prosthetic limbs a year after being adopted by a Cumbrian family.

When Vanessa Bamkin from Brampton saw a photo of Glory on Facebook she decided to take action.

Glory has now been fitted with three prosthetic legs and is the picture of health Credit: ITV News Border

Glory was a street dog in Romania who had three paws amputated and could hardly walk.

Vanessa arranged for her to be moved to Cumbria before raising more than £3,000 to pay for three new prosthetic limbs.

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