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Step-free access at Carlisle Railway Station now open

New access to platforms at Carlisle Railway Station for people with mobility issues, luggage and prams, was officially opened by the city's Mayor this morning.

The money for the improvements has come from the Department for Transport.

Ben Herbert from Network Rail explains the importance of step-free access:

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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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Residents look at rail plans

Drop in sessions have started taking place for people who live along the route of the new borders railway.

Residents view Network Rail plans Credit: ITV Border

Work to build the line will start early next year after a deal was signed with Network Rail. Residents are getting the chance to meet members of the project team and view their plans. The railway is due to be completed by summer 2015. Network Rail says disruption will be kept to a minimum.

Staff were on hand to answer queries Credit: ITV Border

Full steam ahead for Borders railway

Network Rail have arranged a number of drop in sessions for residents along the route of the new Borders railway.

The route will go from Edinburgh to the Tweedbank and construction work is due to be completed in summer 2015. Earlier this month responsibility for the delivery of the route was formally passed to Network Rail and advance works are already underway.

Network rail say residents will begin to see equipment along the route and increased traffic and to keep residents informed they are holding a series of drop in sessions.

They say the sessions will allow residents to view the plans and speak to the project team.

The full programme of sessions are:

  • 20 November - Old Gala House, Galashiels
  • 21 November - MacFie Hall, Heriot
  • 26 November - Dalkeith Arts Centre
  • 27 November - Danderhall Community Centre
  • 29 November - Langlee Community Centre, Galashiels
  • 4 December - Tweedbank Community Centre
  • 5 December - Gorebridge Leisure Centre
  • 6 December - Edinburgh College, Dalkeith
  • 10 December - Newtongrange Library

Campaign for Borders Rail welcomes takeover

The Campaign for Borders Rail (CBR) has welcomed the official signing of the transfer of responsibility for the construction of the Borders Railway.

They said that now the signing is complete, Network Rail can officially begin the construction phase of the Borders Railway Project which will re-establish passenger railway services from Edinburgh through Midlothian to Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders for the first time in over 40 years.

"CBR was launched in 1999 and has played a key role in leading grassroots support for the return of the railway – not least without a 17,200 signature Petition presented to the Scottish Parliaments Petitions Committee in March 2000.

“CBR wishes to put on record its thanks to all Scotlands National and Local Government Agencies, Government Ministers, MPs, MSPs, Councillors, business and trade union organisations, the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, tourism organisations, members of the public and supporters who have come together to give the Borders and Midlothian our railway back.”

– Lorne Anton, Chairperson, Campaign for Borders Rail

Network rail to take over Borders railway

Network rail will officially take over the responsibilty to re establish a railway line between Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders.

The Waverly line closed 40 years ago Credit: ITV Border

Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport and Veterans, will hand over the project to Network Rail, marking the start of the construction phase of the project. It will re-establish, for the first time in 40 years, a passenger railway from Edinburgh to Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders.

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