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.
Ahead of May's General Election we're going to be talking to the Border region's eight current MPs about their last five years in office. We want to scrutinise their record as a constituency MP and their political party on a national level.
To help us pose the most important questions we want you to tell us what you'd like us to ask them.
This is a chance to put your MP on the spot and to grill them about local and national concerns and issues.
So, send us your questions, let us know which MP they're for and we'll try to ask a selection of them on your behalf.
Penrith library has teamed up with a local business owner to offer an innovative temporary solution to a problem with its lift.
Disabled library users or families with pushchairs faced access problems as the lift to the first-floor library is temporarily out of action. So the Soup Shop opposite the library entrance in the Devonshire Arcade has steamed in with a solution, offering a temporary service from its café.
A selection of books will be offered in the Soup Shop from today (Friday 27 February) and library staff will be on hand to register new customers or fetch items on request. Penrith library will be open for business as usual for people using the stairs.
“This is a great example of how we work with people in the local area to find solutions. We are very grateful to Soup Shop owner Paul Forsyth for his help in ensuring everyone can still have access to the books they love and need. I hope people take the opportunity to enjoy a snack while they peruse our products too.”
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.
The Liberal Democrat peer, Baroness Williams, was in Kendal last night where she defended her party's record in government. She said the party hadn't known just how bad the economic situation was when it initially promised to scrap tuition fees. And she said she didn't believe the Lib Dems would do as badly at the election as the polls suggest.
Carlisle United manager Keith Curle says all the pressure will be on Southend United on Saturday.
The Blues travel to the fifth-place side in League Two on a run of three consecutive defeats.
Generally fine with plenty of sunshine, especially at first, with any remaining showers fading away.
However, further cloud, patchy rain and strengthening winds will arrive from the west around dusk. Maximum Temperature 8C.
The 16th Keswick Film Festival kicks off today, and will run until Sunday.
Fiona Marley Paterson reports.
Fashion students from Carlisle College have designed outfits inspired by the two world wars.
They're on display at Cumbria's Museum of Military Life, in an exhibition called Fashion Ration.
Greg Hoare went to find out more: