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Anti-nuclear campaigner slams firm's celebrations

A campaign group has been handing out leaflets outside the annual Direct Rail Services open day, criticising the company.

Radiation Free Lakeland are concerned tonnes of radioactive materials will be moved along the railway lines if a new power station is built at Moorside in West Cumbria:

They're calling it a 20-year celebration, and we're saying, are you really celebrating 20 years of bringing radioactive waste into Sellafield by train?"

– Marianne Birkby, Radiation Free Lakeland


Direct Rail Services 'central to Cumbria'

Carlisle MP John Stevenson has spoken in support of Direct Rail Services, as the company celebrates its 20th birthday.

Thousands are expected to have attended the firm's open day, but protestors from Radiation Free Lakeland were also there, to criticise its transportation of nuclear waste.

This is the only rail company with its freight services based outside London, so that's something to celebrate.

This is a company that has highly paid jobs, demanding a highly skilled workforce, so it's providing opportunities for the next generation."

– John Stevenson MP

Thousands at rail service celebrations in Carlisle

Visitors could have a behind the scenes look. Credit: ITV Border

Thousands of people have turned out to a celebration of rail services in Carlisle - but there have also been protests.

Direct Rail Services is holding an open day to mark its 20th anniversary, and rail enthusiasts have been able to have a behind the scenes look at some of its trains.

Over the course of the day around 3,000 visitors from around the country are expected to attend, including music mogul Pete Waterman, who's produced and written a number of hit singles.

Pete Waterman. Credit: ITV Border

But Radiation Free Lakeland were also there, to protest against one of the freight train organisation's key roles - transporting nuclear waste.

The campaign group has been handing out flyers calling the Kingmoor headquarters "one of the most dangerous train depots to be found anywhere in the world".

Anti nuclear campaigners protest at firm's birthday party

Radiation Free Lakeland. Credit: ITV Border

Protestors from Radiation Free Lakeland have demonstrated outside an open day at Direct Rail Services in Carlisle.

DRS, who are celebrating their 20th birthday, open their doors to the public so they can have a look at their locomotives.

Anti nuclear campaigners want to stop radioactive waste material coming in the county by rail.

We want to stop the continued transportation of radioactive wastes to Sellafield.

The uranium fuel for the three diabolic reactors planned in Cumbria (Moorside) would also be transported via train.

Should anything ever happen to one of these flasks, then we would all be exposed to a mixture of highly dangerous and long lasting radioactive particles."

– Radiation Free Lakeland

Rail group celebrates 20th birthday

The organisation is hosting an open day. Credit: Direct Rail Services

People are being invited to find out more about Direct Rail Services, the company that operates freight trains in Cumbria.

The organisation is hosting an open day at its Kingmoor Rail Depot headquarters, in Carlisle.

Children will be taught about how to stay safe at stations and on trains, and will have the chance to see the group's locomotives behind the scenes.

Carlisle MP John Stevenson, and songwriter and rail enthusiast Pete Waterman, will both be there.

The session runs from 10am to 4pm.


Protestors gather against nuclear waste depository

Anti-nuclear protestors have gathered in Bowness-on-Windermere to demonstrate against plans to build an underground storage facility for radio-active waste.

Cumbria County Council and Allerdale and Copeland councils will decide on January 30th whether to proceed to the next stage in the plans.

But those who oppose the decision to site a geological waste facility in West Cumbria say are calling for an end to the "mad plan".

They are concerned about safety issues and add that it will damage the image of Cumbria as a tourist destination.

Cumbria County Council has said that no decision would be made about whether Cumbria should have a repository or not on January 30.

Instead, councillors will be deciding on whether geological experts should carry out the necessary work to see whether Cumbria could be the right location or not.