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D&G residents invited to share views on highways & transport services

The road and highways survey is being run for the tenth year Credit: ITV Border

Locals in Dumfries and Galloway are being asked to share their views on the region’s highways and transport services.

The National Highways and Transport Public Satisfaction survey will cover the condition of roads and footpaths to the quality of cycling facilities.

It will be sent to a minimum of 3,300 residents by post over the next few weeks, although the survey can also be filled in online.

Answers will be compared with the views of other members of the public across England and Scotland, leading to the results being published in October 2017.

Locals invited to share views on Cumbria roads and transport

The survey aims to improve transport and highways across Cumbria Credit: Google maps

Local residents in Cumbria are being invited to share their views on the county's highways and transport services.

The survey is the largest collaboration between 112 local authorities across England and Scotland, and will be shared in order to improve nationwide services.

The questionnaire is expected to be sent to a minimum random sample of 3,300 of Cumbrian residents from Monday, 19 June. Local and national results will be published in mid-October 2017.

Providing a well managed highway and transport network is one of the council’s top priorities and we welcome feedback and comments from residents and road users.

There are clear benefits to conducting a public survey in this way. As well as providing excellent value for money, it also enables everyone involved to identify areas of best practice and spot national, regional and local trends.

This is not about producing a league table to champion one geographical area over another, it is about understanding customer views better and working together to deliver the most satisfactory yet efficient outcomes for local residents

– Stephen Hall, Cumbria County Council’s Assistant Director, Highways, Transport and Fleet

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Rail strike over driver-only trains to go ahead

RMT union members will strike for 24 hours next week Credit: PA

Trade union RMT has confirmed a strike against Northern rail, or Arriva Rail North, is set to go ahead despite talk of cancellations.

The guards and drivers members of the union will walk-out for 24 hours on Monday 13 March.

They say the dispute is over retaining train guards and the prospect of driver-only trains.

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Give your views on Borders buses

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Bus passengers in the Borders are being asked for their views on services in the region and how they could be improved.

Bus Users Scotland is holding a 'Your Bus Matters' event in Peebles between 10am and 1pm on Tuesday (6 September).

It takes place at Burgh Hall on the High Street and will gather feedback from local passengers about both commercial and subsidised bus services in the area.

Volunteer bus service to expand in Cumbria

The Border Rambler bus service Credit: ITV Border

A volunteer community bus service, running through small Cumbrian villages, has been so successful it is launching a new route.

The Border Rambler started last year, to replace the service that used to run along the A689.

It runs on Tuesdays and Fridays and picks up on average nine passengers per journey.

The Border Rambler bus service Credit: ITV Border

The volunteers plan to start a second route on Mondays and Thursdays in September. It will include Lannercost, Walton, Hethersgill, Smithfield and Scaleby.

People have used it continually. We haven't missed a day since we started, all the way through the floods so the feedback's good.

– Keith Meller, Border Rambler
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