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Train passengers face rail strike disruption

Northern services will be affected by strike action Credit: Press Association

Train passengers in Cumbria are facing disruption ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend with another day of industrial action.

The RMT union has called its latest 24-hour walkout today in an on-going dispute over Northern's plans to change the role of train guards.

Services along the Cumbrian coast and between Carlisle and the north east are expected to be affected.

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Mundell launches cross border timetable

Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, with David Horne & Martin Griffiths at the launch of Virgin Trains' new cross-border timetable Credit: Virgin Trains

Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell, launched the new cross-border timetable in Edinburgh this morning.

The new timetable runs 42 additional services from Edinburgh to London every week.

Mr Mundell highlighted that the Scottish Borders railway will only be extended to Carlisle, if the Scottish Government, local authorities, Network Rail and the UK Government work together.

Obviously if the Border's railway extends, it will be in both Scotland and England. I think it's important that the UK government works closely with the Scottish government to look at the feasibility of this project.

I think it could have a transformational effect in the South of Scotland. I think it could take a lot of freight off the road. I think it could bring more people in to communities like Hawick. I think it's a very good idea.

– David Mundell, Secretary of State for Scotland and Dumfriesshire MP

Rail delays due to high winds

Network Rail are urging passengers in the Border region to check before they travel, as Storm Henry approaches Britain.

The wind is expected to strengthen overnight with gusts up to 70mph.

Journeys may be delayed by the 50mph speed limits in place on the Settle - Carlisle railway between Settle and Appleby, the Cumbrian coast line and the West Coast mainline between Garstang and Tebay.

As always, our advice to passengers is to check before you travel, using National Rail Enquiries for the latest information. With even more rain predicted to fall on already saturated ground, there is the potential for localised flooding, as well as possible damage from high winds which may cause disruption to passengers planning to travel."

– Network Rail spokesperson

Train passengers advised to 'check before you travel'

Credit: Network Rail

Network Rail has advised train passengers to check before they travel as the Border region braces for the arrival of Storm Gertrude.

Forecasters are predicting winds to strengthen and rain to move in this evening, with up to 70mph winds. The severe weather is predicted to continue throughout the weekend and into early next week.

Cautionary speed restrictions of 50mph will be in place on Friday morning on the West Coast main line between Tebay and Oxenholme. Restrictions will also be in place between Settle and Carlisle.

We are drafting in additional teams in preparation for Storm Gertrude’s arrival and our advice to passengers is to check before you travel, using nationalrail.co.uk. With a lot of rain falling on already saturated ground, there is the potential for localised flooding which may cause disruption for passengers."

– Network Rail spokesperson
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