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Eden Rivers Trust clear debris from riverside

A group of volunteers have been helping to clear debris from the river banks near Calthwaite.

They're helping the Eden Rivers Trust with a project aimed at clearing fences on the riverside, which are caked in branches and rubbish after the December floods.

Hundreds of kilometres of fencing across Cumbria are in a similar state after unprecedented rainfall caused county-wide flooding.

"The fences allow the river bank to regenerate and if we don't clear the debris from it then during the next big flood the force against the fence will be so great that it will rip it out.

"It's essential for the life of this project to make sure that the work that's already been put in has a lasting benefit to the environment here."

– Paul Greaves, River Action Group, Eden Rivers Trust

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Around The House: Tonight at 10.45pm (11.10pm ITV Border Scotland)

Paul Brand presents this month's Around The House from Westminster Credit: ITV Border

Paul Brand talks to Floods Minister Rory Stewart about planning for future flood prevention: the studio panel discuss the Government's response to the crisis, and the Labour reshuffle.

Around The House is at 10.45pm tonight (Thurday 21 January) on ITV (11.10pm on ITV Border Scotland).

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Lamington Viaduct closure 'will cause havoc for Dumfries commuters'

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Joan McAlpine MSP has said rail commuters will react with dismay to news that the Lamington Viaduct will remain closed until March.

She has asked the train operators to reconsider their decision to run the West Coast mainline through Dumfries without stopping there.

The viaduct has been closed since December due to structural damage following the impact of Storm Desmond. The diversions in place add an extra 1 hour onto journey times on the West Coast mainline.

Dumfries and Galloway is already very poorly served by rail services, and Virgin’s route alternations appear to be having a negative impact on this region. While safety has to come first, I am concerned that this extended closure will cause havoc for Dumfriesshire commuters."

– Joan McAlpine MSP
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