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Train services across parts of coastal Cumbria have been suspended after a lorry struck a bridge.
Buses are running between Sellafield and Millom, adding an extra 30 minutes onto journey times.
The incident happened at about 6pm yesterday evening at Bootle.
Engineers have been carrying out repairs but Northern Rail says it will be about 1.30pm today before services are returned to normal.
No one was injured in the crash.
West Cumbria could be sitting on an energy goldmine according to the Sellafield Workers union.
It believes the 120 tonnes of plutonium stored at the nuclear site could be turned in to fuel for a proposed new reactor in the area.
The company that oversees the running of the Sellafield nuclear plant in west Cumbria has been given the go-ahead to run the site for another five years.
Nuclear Management Partners won the contract in 2008 and have made vast changes to the decommissioned site.
However, they have also been severely criticised for the way they spend money.
Samantha Parker has been at the plant today:
The chairman of the consortium running the Sellafield nuclear site has described the task of the running of the site as "unprecedented."
Nuclear Management Partners today announced its intention to continue the management of the site until at least 2019.
– Tom Zarges, Chairman of Nuclear Management Partners
“The task at Sellafield is unprecedented.
"We have learnt an enormous amount about the challenges of the site and the areas that we need to focus on looking forward.
"We believe we are well placed to build on our progress to date and deliver improved performance in the next period.”
The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Baroness Verma, has released a statement expressing the Government's support for Nuclear Management Partners' extension of its management contract at Sellafield.
– Baroness Verma
“Sellafield remains the Government’s top priority in our nuclear decommissioning programme.
"We support this decision to extend the contract which will build on skills and expertise at the site and the progress made so far.”
It has been announced today that the consortium running the Sellafield nuclear site will be allowed to continue its role.
Nuclear Management Partners had been accused of mismanagement and wasting public money earlier this year.
However, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has announced that the consortium will have its contract extended for a second five year period.
An announcement on who will manage the Sellafield nuclear site from next year is expected to be made later today.
The site is currently being run by Nuclear Management Partners, but that organisation was criticised earlier in the year by MPs and the National Audit Office.
Workers at Sellafield are campaigning for new investment to secure a future for the site.
They are urging the government to support the idea of a new nuclear power station and to consider re-using existing plutonium stocks.
– Kevin Coyne, Unite National Officer
"Sellafield is strategically important to the UK and it is crucial for the economic survival of Cumbria. Without Sellafield, Cumbria would become an economic wilderness while Britain would struggle to meet its low carbon energy needs.
"That's why the Sellafield Workers Campaign is calling for a three point plan for a sustained and coordinated investment strategy, including a commitment to a new nuclear power station at the site."
Sellafield has been ordered to pay a record fine of £700,000 after carrier bags containing low level radioactive waste were mistakingly sent to a landfill in Cumbria. The judge at Carlisle Crown Court said it was a 'fundamental management mistake'. Andy Burn has this report.
Sellafield Ltd has been ordered to pay a record fine of £700,000 after carrier bags containing low level radioactive waste were mistakingly sent to a landfill in Cumbria.
The judge at Carlisle Crown Court said it was a 'fundamental management mistake'.