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Network Rail line between Whitehaven and Workington closed

The railway between Whitehaven and Workington is closed due to the sea wall being breached a Parton.

The sea wall, which supports and protects the railway, and around 700 yards of ballast – the heavy stone which provides the foundations for the railway track – were damaged by high tides as Storm Jonas hit the Cumbrian coastline.

Ian Joslin from Network Rail said:

Our structural experts are on site assessing the damage to the sea wall and track caused by yesterday’s storm but are at the mercy of the tides for some parts of the assessment.

Once the extent of the damage is clear we will be able to plan the repairs so we can safely re-open the line to passengers as quickly as possible.

– Ian Joslin

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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

Lamington Viaduct to remain closed until March

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Lamington Viaduct has suffered further structural damage from bad weather meaning that it will not reopen until the first week of March, 2016.

Alternative routes are in place along the West Coast mainline and they will add 1 hour extra travel time to journeys.

The viaduct has been closed since December when it was severely damaged by Storm Frank in December.

Yellow weather warnings issued

Snow and ice were expected across the region last night Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain in Cumbria. The rain is not expected to be heavy, but it is falling on already saturated ground, following storms in December.

It follows yellow warnings for snow, ice and frozen slush across Dumfries and Galloway, the Scottish Borders and Cumbria last night.

"Rain is expected to move northwards across northern England on Saturday night. This will quickly clear northwards on Sunday morning, although some showers will persist, especially in the west."

– The Met Office

People in Cumbria should be aware of further localised flooding and disruption to travel.

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