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Transport Minister visits flood-damaged roads in Cumbria

The Secretary of State for Transport has been visiting Cumbria to witness first-hand the damage caused by the December floods.

Patrick McLoughlin was joined by local MP and Environment Minister Rory Stewart as they visited the A591, Pooley Bridge and Eamont Bridge.

Mr McLoughlin said he was doing all he could to speed up the process of repairing the region's roads and bridges.

Lori Carnochan reports:

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Transport Secretary to visit Cumbria

Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin Credit: ITV News Border

The Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, is touring Cumbria today to visit some of the places affected by flooding.

He will begin his tour on the A591, which was partially destroyed during the flooding.

Mr McLoughlin will be joined by local MP and Environment Minister Rory Stewart.

They will then go on to visit Pooley Bridge and Eamont Bridge.

New minibus for community run transport

For many people living in rural areas of Cumbria the lack of public transport makes it difficult to get out and about.

The Northern Fells Group found a solution to this by offering a community transport service.

Emily Reader has this report.

"Growth fund will create jobs" say the government

As small businesses in Cumbria are set to benefit from £64 million worth of funding.

The government says allocating the regional growth fund to the country will help create jobs and boost skills.

James Wharton for Local Growth & Northern Powerhouse.

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WATCH: Time-lapse of Galashiels Transport Interchange construction

The Galashiels Transport Interchange officially opens today.

Watch a time-lapse video of the construction process here.

£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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