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£5.2m Galashiels Transport Interchange opening

A ceremony to mark the completion of the £5.2million Galashiels Transport Interchange will take place today.

The interchange will provide a direct ink from the railway as well as forming the town's new bus station and business hub.

The transport interchange will be open to the public on Monday 10 August.


£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

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

Carlisle s Credit: ITV Border

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.

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