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Hundreds expected at Cumbrian Home and Garden Show

Hundreds of people are expected at the Rheged Centre near Penrith today for the Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show.

The event has more than 60 interior design exhibitors over the weekend.

There will be a Gardeners' Question Time hosted by Cumbria's Eric Robson today, Saturday.

TV personalities Sophie Robinson and Daniel Hopwood, who appear on the Great Interior Design Challenge, will be giving talks on Sunday.

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Work on Penrith's roads starts

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Cumbria County Council is starting work on a major £2.3m road improvements scheme in Penrith.

It hopes the project will improve access to the Gilwilly Industrial Estate and Eden Business Park, and that this will open up the town for future business growth and potential new jobs.

The first phase will involve putting in an extra lane on the A592 Ullswater Road roundabout for southbound traffic and a revised layout for traffic exiting southbound from Haweswater Road.

Progress for North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust

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Progress has been made to improve the safety and quality of care at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, according to the results of a staff survey published this week.

Although the Trust remains amongst the lowest 20% of acute NHS organisations nationally, the Trust claims the results show that there have been small improvements in many areas. It was ranked above average when compared to other acute NHS trusts for staff receiving equality and diversity, and health and safety training.

The Trust maintains that while the results are pleasing, it knows there is more work to be done.

"The past year has continued to be challenging as we remain in special measures but I am proud to see that despite this, our staff are motivated to implement our improvements and go the extra mile for our patients.

"Although these results are a step in the right direction for the Trust again this year, we are under no illusions an know that we still have a lot of work to do and progress to make which we believe we can achieve."

– Gail Naylor, director of nursing and midwifery at the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust

Cumbria County Council welcomes 'major' changes

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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.

The rail services mapped out here will help transform the current second-class rail services Cumbria has been forced to live with through years of underfunding.

"The county council and Cumbria LEP laid out some very clear ‘asks’, and I am delighted that many of these have been answered.

"But there are still improvements we need and we will be working to influence the bidders during the bidding process so that we get the very best rail provision possible."

– Cllr Stewart Young
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