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Victoria Bridge in Kendal re-opens

Victoria Bridge in Kendal. Credit: ITV Border

Victoria Bridge in Kendal has re-opened, according to the county council.

The foundations of the major bridge over the River Kent were damaged by flooding in December 2015, and it has been closed since January 13th.

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A591: what repairs are taking place?

Repairs are taking place today. Credit: Highways England.

Work got underway to repair the A591 today, after the road was damaged by December's storms.

Here's what needs to be done to fix it:

  • Preparatory work and some preliminary construction work has already been taking place at Dunmail Raise
  • A new concrete retaining wall is being built in the beck
  • Once this had been built, the gap in the road caused by the storm damage will be backfilled with crushed stone
  • A new road surface will then be laid on top
  • A new wall will also be constructed using local stone in front of the retaining wall

Work on the second section of damaged road further north is also underway.

A helicopter survey is due to take place shortly, which will provide detailed technical information about the stability of the scree slopes adjacent to the A591.

  • Get the latest on the repairs here

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Transport Secretary pleased with A591 progress

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin Credit: PA

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says he is pleased with how repairs on the A591 are coming along, and hopes the road will re-open as soon as possible:

We are determined to reopen the A591 as soon as possible, and I am pleased the people of Cumbria can see we are making progress.

Tourism is a vital part of the local economy, so fixing this road will make a real difference to the region.”

– Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

Plea from ambulance service as 999 calls increase

North West Ambulance Service. Credit: ITV Border

As the number of 999 calls made increases, the North West Ambulance Service is urging people not to call about minor ailments.

On Monday 8 February 2016, there was a 22 percent rise in calls, and a 24 percent rise in life threatening 'red' calls, compared to the same time last year.

  • One person in Cumbria called at 9pm to complain that they had cut their forehead in the morning, and might need stitches

Other time-wasting calls in the North West included someone from Cheshire saying they had cut their toenail and that the toe was hurting, and a caller from Merseyside who said they had "had the runs" all day.

All of these callers were advised to seek advice elsewhere.

£8.47
Cost of each 999 call to the NHS

We are here to come to the aid of people who are in urgent need but are consistently called for ailments such as these which we can’t deal with. Because of the sheer volume of calls, patients who really need us are waiting longer than they should do and our crews find this deeply frustrating.

Our message to the public is that if your call is not urgent, it would make more sense to seek advice elsewhere before calling.”

– Assistant Director of Operations, Ged Blezard

Settle to Carlisle railway line closed

The track was damaged. Credit: Network Rail

The Settle to Carlisle railway line has been closed, because of ground movements under the track.

Part of the embankment at Eden Brow collapsed earlier this month, but trains had been allowed through at low speeds.

However, the line has now been closed and a replacement bus service is operating between Appleby and Carlisle, calling at Langwathby, Lazonby and Armathwaite.

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