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Cumbria County Council has welcomed today's announcement of what it calls "major changes and investment in the rail network'.
It says the tenders, which will commence in April 2016 and will last for a minimum of seven years, will affect the entire railway network within Cumbria.
Council Leader Cllr Stewart Young said that the changes were the result hard work done through years of lobbying by the council.
The rail services mapped out here will help transform the current second-class rail services Cumbria has been forced to live with through years of underfunding.
"The county council and Cumbria LEP laid out some very clear ‘asks’, and I am delighted that many of these have been answered.
"But there are still improvements we need and we will be working to influence the bidders during the bidding process so that we get the very best rail provision possible."
Windermere and the Furness Line will reportedly benefit from franchise plans announced by the Government this morning.
The new 'Northern Regional' service means that by December 2017, Windermere should have two trains per day to Manchester Airport from Monday to Friday.
It also means that the Furness line is expected to have eight trains a day to Manchester and Manchester Airport, as well as extra trains along the Cumbrian Coast that it's claimed will be timed to better serve workers' shift patterns.
The number of seats on trains in the North West is to increase by a third, under Government plans to reduce overcrowding on the region’s rail network.
There will also be an extra 200 services every day across the Northern and Trans Pennine rail franchises, which cover Cumbria.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says that Pacer trains will be scrapped as part of the plans.
The £350 million Borders Railway has been completed with the final section of track laid this morning.
Scottish cabinet secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities Keith Brown arrived at Tweedbank Station by train before clipping the final piece of track into place.
Work to lay the track began in October and the line will open to passengers between Edinburgh and the Borders on September 6 2015.
There is currently disruption to Virgin Trains between Carlisle and Lancaster due to a train that has broken down between Penrith and Oxenholme.
The broken down train may cause delays of up to an hour, and some alterations to travel plans.
The disruption, which is expected to last until at least 1.30pm, is also affecting First Transpennine Express.
People are being asked how much they are likely to use the Borders railway, which opens next year.
The survey is being delivered to homes in Galashiels, Tweedbank, Selkirk and Hawick. It'll also ask what people think about exisiting transport links and how they could be improved.
Dutch rail operator Abellio will run ScotRail services from April 2015, after promising to invest millions in improving services.
The transport union RMT has criticised the Scottish National Party for supposedly 'colluding' with Westminster to stop public ownership of the franchise.
But the Scottish Government say they didn't have a choice - and argue it's good news for the South of Scotland.
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The franchise for most of Scotland's train services - including the Borders Railway - has been won by a Dutch company.
Current operator FirstGroup has lost out to rivals Abellio - who will run services for the next decade.
The franchise to run Scotland's trains for the next decade has been awarded to Dutch rail operator Abellio, transport minister Keith Brown has confirmed.
The announcement comes after current Scotrail operator FirstGroup revealed it had failed in its bid to continue to run the rail service from the spring of 2015.
Mr Brown said Abellio will invest millions in providing an improved service and facilities for passengers and a better deal for staff.
The new contract includes benefits for passengers such as:
- Free wifi on all trains
- 23% more carriages across the network
- Reduced fares for jobseekers
- High-speed intercity diesel trains
- Over a third more seats.