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Local MP welcomes Network Rail fine

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed news that the Network Rail have been fined £4 million for breaching the Health & Safety at Work Act over the Cumbrian rail crash at Grayrigg in which one passenger died. Commenting today, Tim said:

"I welcome the news that Network Rail have pleaded guilty and have been fined £4 million. For too long people have not been held accountable for their actions and have hidden behind Network Rail as a faceless company. The fact that 700 points related incidents were identified around the UK following the Grayrigg crash proves that a full public inquiry is still much needed. I hope that today's news is another step closer to offering the family of Margaret Masson the closure they deserve. We must never forget the tragedy of Grayrigg and it is important that the company are held to account. "

– Tim Farron MP

Last month Network Rail was fined £1 million for safety breaches after the 2005 deaths of two schoolgirls at a level crossing in Essex and paid a £3 million fine last year for the Potters Bar disaster in 2002 which left seven dead.

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Campus celebrations for Ambleside

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University of Cumbria's Ambleside campus Credit: ITV Border

University bosses have given the go ahead for plans to redevelop a moth-balled south lakes campus.

700 students will return to the University of Cumbria's Ambleside site which was mostly closed in 2010 due to financial difficulties.

Final plans for the re-development of the site will be ready in May.

University of Cumbria's Ambleside campus Credit: ITV Border

News of the reopening has been welcomed by Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron.

He said: "This is fabulous for the whole area. Seven hundred students will bringin a lot to the local economy and create more than 100 new jobs, many ofthem well paid."

MP Tim Farron: "Public inquiry will save lives."

by Samantha Parker

There's been a renewed call for a public inquiry into the Grayrigg train crash.

Yesterday Network Rail said they will plead guilty to health and safety offences.

Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron says victims and their families still need more answers. Samantha Parker reports.

"We know that the Grayrigg crash was caused by points failure, we also know there have been others of hundreds near misses and the job now is to make sure we find out why there are those near misses and how they can be avoided in the future. If that saves lives then it is worth every penny."

– Tim Farron MP, Westmorland and Lonsdale

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