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£1.9m Maryport rail hub plans go on show

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Plans for a new £1.9million rail hub in Maryport are going on public display today.

The Maryport Rail Station Hub project aims to encourage sustainable travel along the Cumbrian Coast and improve access to both Maryport Station and the Cumbrian Coast Railway.

The scheme will provide a new 78-space car park located on land currently owned by the Maryport Amateur Rugby Football League Club (ARFLC) and would require the building of a new access road on to Mealpot Road and the relocation of a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA).

Improvements to pedestrian and cycle links to the station are also proposed alongside new drop-off facilities, blue badge parking and a footway along Mealpot Road.

The relocated MUGA will be built on the former tennis courts close to the A594 and will bring a currently disused piece of land back into use, with a new games area built to modern standards.

As part of the Cumbria Growth Deal secured by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, £1.9m has been set aside to deliver the improvements and create the new ‘hub’.

The drop-in session is being held at the Maryport ARFLC today between 3pm and 7pm and provides an opportunity for people to express their views on the proposals.

Plans will be displayed and members of the project team will be available to answer questions. The drop-in session precedes the submission of a planning application for the scheme, with construction expected in 2016.

“People will be able to find out more information about this scheme and view design plans at the drop-in session, so I would encourage local people to come along and see for themselves how we’re proposing to improve access to the station.”

– Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for transpor

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FirstGroup loses ScotRail franchise to Abellio

The new 10-year franchise is set to come in at the start of April next year Credit: PA

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.

Customer service is on the right track at Carlisle station

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One of the region's railway stations has picked up two national awards for excellence.

Staff at Carlisle Station were praised by customers, who voted the station one of the best in the country for dealing with passengers, particularly at times of travel disruption.

Carlisle beat off competition from sixteen other stations managed by Virgin Trains.

Galashiels roads diverted for new bridge

Road restrictions are predicted in Galashiels as a new bridge is built at Plumtreehall Brae. Credit: PA

Road restrictions are predicted in Galashiels as a new bridge is built at Plumtreehall Brae.

It is part of the Borders Railway project that will take place 30th May to 2nd June. It is expected that King Street will be closed during this time so that a 500 tonne crane can lift the 30 tonne bridge into place.

Once the bridge is in place, it is said that work will continue without disrupting traffic.

Motorists will be diverted via Windyknowes Road and Hall Street, while pedestrian and local access will be maintained

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New Lake District rules for footpath users

Cyclists, walkers and horse riders in the Lake District will see a new code of conduct in place this summer. Credit: PA

Cyclists, walkers and horse riders in the Lake District will see a new code of conduct in place this summer.

The guide has been outlined by the Lake District National Park and encourages right of way for everyone using footpaths, bridleways and byways.

It states for example that horse riders should ride at no more than a trot and that cyclists should give way to walkers and horse riders.

Region's rail services disrupted by flooding

Train services across the region have been cancelled due to flooding.

The Northern Rail service is currently suspended between Carlisle and Maryport due to flooding at Aspatria, where the line is blocked.

Northern Rail are looking to source replacement buses, and there is no estimate for when normal services will resume.

There are also delays of up to 30 minutes on trains between Edinburgh Waverley and Carlisle due to flooding between Lockerbie and Carlisle.

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