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Children using drama to learn railway safety

Network Rail have found a novel way to teach children about rail safety.

Children from Langlee Primary in Galashiels have been using somewhat unusual methods to learn about the dangers of playing on rail tracks, using music and dance to get the message across.

"The message has been absolutely brilliant, they have made it really clear for the children because it has all been done through drama and, obviously different kinds of movement.

It is sort of imbedding it in the learning. They are just so excited but they know the message know which is so vital."

– Marion Romeril, Teacher Langlee Primary School

While work on the £350million project is continuing this scheme will reach out to other children in the area.

So far one and a half thousand children from fifteen different primary schools have had a session like this one, in the hope of reducing unnecessary casualties.

"Sadly people die on the railway every year from trespass related accidents and that is something we want to try and address from, even before we start running trains on the route, on the Borders Railway line."

– Craig Bowman, Network Rail

The line is expected to open in the autumn of next year, and the people behind this scheme hope the children will continue to remember what they have learned.

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Disabled access granted to Penrith Station

A government decision to improve disabled access at Penrith Station has been welcomed by a national rail network.

It will be one of 42 stations across the UK to benefit from part of a one hundred million pound investment from the scheme 'Access for All'.

The Cumbrian station is the last on the Virgin Trains network where wheelchair users have to cross the rail track to access other platforms.

Major investment at Penrith Station will improve access

Penrith Railway Station is one of 42 stations in England, Scotland and Wales to receive a share of a £100 million investment.

Lifts will be installed improve access for disabled passengers as part of the Department for Transport's Access for All scheme.

It's a decision welcomed by Virgin Trains, who made a joint application with Network Rail to the Department for Transport.

Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border, who has long campaigned for improved access at the station, supported the bid.

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£1.8 million access facility is officially open

Official opening of £1.8 million facility to improve access Credit: ITV Border

£1.8 million access improvements at Carlisle Railway Station are officially opened.

A disused subway has been brought back into use thanks to two new lifts.

Around two million people use Carlisle train station every year and now everyone should have better access around the station.

The scheme has been funded by the Department for Transport.

Kendal residents demand flooded road is fixed

Parkside Road in Kendal floods each time it rains Credit: ITV News

A Kendal man is calling on Cumbria County Council to stop Parkside Road flooding every time it rains.

Cars regularly drive through several inches of water. Chris Hogg, who lives nearby, says walking the dog is more of a sprint as pedestrians try to make it through before cars soak them.

Cars can't avoid the huge puddle on Parkside Road Credit: ITV News

Cumbria County Council says engineers have repeatedly cleared sand from gullies and drains but every time it rains more washes in and they don't know where it's coming from.

Cllr Clare Feeney-Johnson says the council has requested permission from Network Rail, owners of the adjacent land to put in a more appropriate drainage soak away.

However, Network Rail says it cannot risk the potential that saturated earth could destabilise the bank and erode the railway embankment so it said no.

The council is now looking at other solutions, working with the neighbouring landowners.

The water accumulates under the railway arch Credit: ITV News

Borders MP to re-visit A7 railway sites

Borders MP Michael Moore is to re-visit railway sites on the A7 to see new measures being introduced to clean construction lorries.

Mr Moore was briefed about the A7 road conditions by Network Rail director Hugh Wark, following a series of complaints about the impacts of railway construction traffic on the road.

Many road users voiced their concerns over road safety due to the amount of mud on the A7.

Mr Wark explained that new lorry cleaning procedures will be introduced at the main construction sites to reduce the extent of mud on the road.

"The state of the A7 is causing rising concern amongst road users. I welcome Network Rail's commitment to clean up the lorries and reduce the mud on the road.

"It is understandable that people are alarmed, given the winter conditions.

"Sorting the situation is important. I will have a further chance to discuss the situation when I visit the sites again in the very near future."

– Michael Moore MP
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