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Borderlands report pinpoints problems in South of Scotland

The Borders Railway. Credit: PA

The South of Scotland isn't getting a fair deal - according to the committee of MPs who have published the Borderlands report.

It highlights problems with wages, broadband and cross-border transport in the region.

It also recommends that the new borders railway is extended to Carlisle to boost the economy, and says the UK and Scottish Governments must find better ways of working together.

Rugby World Cup trophy tour route announced

The Web Ellis Cup. Credit: PA

The route for the official Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour has been announced, and the trophy will pass through both Cumbria and the Scottish Borders:

  • Scottish Borders: 11 June - Jed Forest RFC
  • Cumbria: 29 July - Scafell Pike and Workington RFC

With just under six months to go, the locations for Official Fanzones have also been announced, where fans can enjoy the build up to matches and watch them on the big screen.

The nearest Fanzones for people in the Border region are:

  • Manchester, Albert Square - capacity 8,000
  • Newcastle, Science Central - capacity 10,000
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