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Train derailment causes delays between Carlisle and Glasgow

Train derailment near New Cumnock Credit: Network Rail

Scotrail says passengers travelling between Carlisle and Glasgow via Dumfries will face delays from Monday morning.

Two engineering trains collided on Saturday morning damaging the track. No one was hurt.

Trains between Glasgow Central and Carlisle via Dumfries will terminate at Kilmarnock and start back from Dumfries. Replacement buses will run between Kilmarnock and Dumfries.

A crane is being brought in to remove the wagons before the repairs can begin. The line is expected to be closed for about two weeks.

Once the derailed wagons have been recovered the repair work will take approximately three days to complete. Therefore it is expected that the line will remain closed for a number of days. During this time passenger services will start and terminate at Dumfries and Kilmarnock and freight traffic will be diverted via West Coast Main Line and Paisley.

– Network Rail

Man critical after incident in Dumfries town centre

A man's fighting for his life in hospital after being injured in an incident in Dumfries.

The 44 year old suffered serious head injuries and his condition is described as 'critical' by doctors at the hospital in Edinburgh were he is being treated.

Police were called at around 01:15am today to a report of a serious assault on a man following a disturbance in Queensberry Street, Dumfries.

He was taken by ambulance to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary but later transferred to the Western General Infirmary in Edinburgh.

Detectives in Dumfries are continuing enquiries and appealing for information.

Our investigation is ongoing to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident and officers are currently carrying out door to door enquiries and studying CCTV footage to gather more information on this incident and whoever is responsible.

Officers are following a number of lines of enquiry and I would urge anyone who witnessed this incident take place, or who has any information that may assist our investigation to contact Police Scotland on 101.

– Det Chief Insp Colin Burnie from Dumfries and Galloway Division

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Dumfries hosts Scotland's first autotest championships for 18 years

Dumfries is holding Scotland's first MSA/BTRDA British autotest championships for 18 years.

Some of the fastest precision drivers in the country will race, throwing and sliding their cars round tight maneuverability tests.

Two local drivers, Warren Gillespie and Willie Keaning, contest the series and will be vying for class points in their Vauxhall Novas.

Amongst others, they'll be joined by fifteen Irish drivers, where the sport is also popular.

There'll be a similar event on Sunday morning in aid of the 'Maximum Attack' charity for leukaemia research. Club level competitors will join the championship regulars for the team event.

The action runs from 11am to 3.30pm on both days, and spectators are welcome to attend.

Road resurfacing set to cause traffic delays

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Drivers are set to face disruption when a £415,000 road improvement scheme gets underway near Dumfries.

Scotland TranServ is resurfacing a stretch of carriageway on the A5701 from Shieldhill to Blairhall Road - located around five miles north of Dumfries - from 7pm on Sunday 26 July to 6am Friday 7 August.

Transport Scotland say the scheme takes its investment in Dumfries and Galloway in the past 12 months to over £4.5 million.

While work is taking place a convoy system will be in operation overnight with two-way traffic lights in operation during day time hours although there will be no works or traffic management in place from Friday 31 July to Sunday 2 August.

“This scheme will improve the busy section of road on the A701 for local residents, commercial businesses and motorists for years to come.

“Motorists can keep up to date with real time traffic information by visiting www.trafficscotland.org or following @TrafficScotland on Twitter. Advanced warning signs will also be in place on the approach to inform motorists that roadworks are taking place.”

– Gordon Wilson, contract director for Scotland TranServ

National honour for Dumfries curler

Sophie Jackson. Credit: Brydone Images

Dumfries curler Sophie Jackson has claimed her first Scottish Championship title and will now head to Switzerland in September to represent Scotland at the World Championships.

She'll be joined by Bobby Lammie from Stranraer who qualified as part of the same team.

Sophie, who trains at Dumfries Ice Bowl, has played in both the Junior Scottish and Ladies Scottish Championships this year, and has now added the Scottish Mixed Champion title to her collection of honours .

The Scottish Mixed Championships were held in Aberdeen with teams made up of two male and two female players.

Sophie and Bobby played in team Bryce. Team Bryce had been in dominant form all weekend and this continued in the final.

Their victory means Sophie and Bobby have qualified for the first ever World Mixed Curling Championship, taking place from 12- 19 September 2015 in Bern, Switzerland.

Sophie Jackson and Bobby Lammie in action Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Council

“I am honoured and delighted to have the chance to represent Team Scotland at these championships and also, be an ambassador for Dumfries Young Curlers, Dumfries Ice Bowl and Dumfries Ice Bowl Curling Association.”

– Sophie Jackson
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