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High-speed rail plans will slash Carlisle to London times

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Plans for the HS2 high-speed rail link would cut the journey from Carlisle to London to two hours and 33 minutes, according to a report published today.

It's been produced by the government, in collaboration with local authorities including the City Council and outlines how the high-speed rail link could benefit businesses in Carlisle.

The report says plans are underway for a transport hub at Carlisle station, which would bring new businesses, jobs, and £40million into the local economy every year.

"Two years ago, local leaders asked me to make sure that HS2 was fully integrated into the existing transport and local economies. It's an aspiration we've sought to realise, but even I underestimated how far that that principle would take us.

"Much of the early focus on HS2 has been on journey times to London. However, as the Changing Britain: HS2 taking root report and Carlisle's work proves, it is the inter-regional benefits and early planning from Councils and Local Authorities to harness these which will transform areas such as Carlisle in the longer term."

– David Higgins, HS2 Chairman

Blues on the verge of setting all-time club record this weekend

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Carlisle United are preparing to face Stevenage at the weekend, on the verge of setting an all-time club record for the longest unbeaten start to the season.

The Blues are third in League Two, having played thirteen games without a loss in the campaign so far.

Club captain, Danny Grainger, says the squad's focus remains on promotion:

First and foremost, we need to go down there and get the three points, make sure we are in the automatic places come five o'clock on Saturday. That's our first goal.

Obviously it is nice to pass records as we are going. The lads are very proud of what we are achieving at the moment. But again, we need to get promoted. That is the big thing this season."

– Danny Grainger, Captain, Carlisle United


Armed officers arrest man at Carlisle station

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Cumbria Police has confirmed that armed officers were deployed to Carlisle railway station last night.

At 8:35pm on Monday 17 October they were called to reports of a man behaving in a suspicious manner.

Armed and unarmed officers were sent, and arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with a section 4 public order offence.

He is currently in custody.

Keith Curle praises 'phenomenal' Carlisle Utd fans

Keith Curle has praised the 7,333 fans who turned out to watch Carlisle United equal their all-time record of unbeaten matches at the start of the league.

The Blues were pushed all the way by visitors Hartlepool, but came away with a 3-2 victory, extending their run to 13 games unbeaten.

The victory was made sweeter after Carlisle were down to 10 men, following Shaun Miller's sending off.

United kept their cool, with Brunton Park erupting into roars when the referee blew the whistle on the 95th minute.


Refugee information event planned for Carlisle

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An event aimed at teaching people about the current refugee crisis is being held in Carlisle on Wednesday 19th October.

Local people, students and businesses will find out about the issues faced by refugees during the information evening taking place at the University of Cumbria's Fusehill Street Campus.

It follows news that Cumbria County Council is applying to host a group of Syrian refugees over the next few months.

The former refugee camp in Calais, which was home to more than 10,000 people at one stage, is set to be demolished shortly.

“Since 2014 the UK has resettled less than 2,000 Syrian refugees - a pitifully small proportion compared to the 4.8 million Syrians in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

"Meanwhile Calais Camp contains 1,179 minors including 387 refugee children who have been identified as eligible for protection in the UK, but not one child has been transferred to the UK this year."

– Hazel Royle, Chair, Amnesty Carlisle Group

Carlisle MP welcomes police funding review

Carlisle MP John Stevenson is welcoming a government review into the way budgets will be allocated to police forces in the future.

Mr Stevenson criticised the previous review, saying that Cumbria was put in the same bracket as metropolitan cities like Manchester and London.

He says the county now has another chance to emphasise the unique challenges the region faces.

Severe train delays at Carlisle station

There are major delays to trains arriving and departing Carlisle station due to signalling problems between Glasgow and Lockerbie.

Virgin trains say they have requested coaches to replace services.

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