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Workington to Carlisle route to be opened today

the West coast line has been closed since Friday after high tides destroyed parts of the rails and wall between Siddick and Flimby

Engineers have been working 24 hours a day to get the line reopened. Network Rail hopes that will be working later this morning.

Around 50 workers have been working in 12 hour shifts to rebuild the wall and reinstate the track.

Martin Frobisher, Network Rail area director, said:

"We are very keen to get it running again as quickly as we can, but you can see the scale of the damage - it's a huge piece of work.

"When railways follow the sea so closely, for many it is an ongoing battle to maintain the sea defences.

"There is a huge amount of damage. We are working round the clock to reinstate the railway and our priority is get the services running again."

– Martin Frobisher, Network Rail

Services between Maryport and Barrow resumed on Monday but replacement buses are still in place between Workington and Carlisle.

More storms hit the region

Dozens of homes are still without power this evening after severe weather in West Cumbria damaged buildings and caused disruption on the roads.

The M6 Southbound was closed after a lorry overturned near Tebay and the A6 was blocked at Shap because of a fallen tree.

With more wind and rain expected, the emergency services are urging people to take care.

Katie Hunter reports:

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Roads still closed after last night's extreme weather

A number of roads continue to affected in parts of Cumbria following last night’s weather conditions.

The M6 Southbound remains passible on the hard shoulder and one lane following a one vehicle road traffic collision where a HGV was blown over.

The male driver was was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary with minor injuries.

The road will temporarily be closed later today as the recovery of the HGV is completed.

Other traffic updates include:

  • The A6 between Hackthorpe and Shap remains closed following a fallen tree
  • Inkerman Terrace in Whitehaven has reopened following the road’s closure after a tree fell into the road
  • The A595 at Moota has reopened following its closure after a roof was blown off the former Moota Hotel

Police dealt with over 60 weather-related incidents last night.

Police would like to thank everyone for their patience and ask that motorists continue to drive carefully.

For more information on road closures visit the Cumbria Police traffic link website.

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1,250 homes currently without power in Cumbria

Around 1,250 homes in Cumbria are without electricity this morning after severe weather battered the region.

A spokeswoman for Electricity North West said: "Engineers will be out at first light to try and restore power to affected homes."

Up to 3,500 were cut off at the height of the power outages last night following strong winds and heavy rain.

Cumbria Police: Only travel if absolutely necessary

Cumbria Police are asking people only to travel if it is absolutely necessary, in light of the current severe weather.

You can find full details and the latest information from Cumbria Police here.

Meanwhile, police in Southern Scotland are reporting fallen trees affecting rural roads.

Members of the public can contact any police force in the UK by calling the 101 non-emergency number and following the instructions.

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Severe weather affecting roads

Police in Cumbria are warning motorists to travel only if it is absolutely necessary.

They are dealing with a number of weather-related incidents caused by strong winds in parts of the region.

The southbound M6 near Tebay has been closed after a lorry was overturned.

A section of a former motel roof has blown off, blocking the A595 near Cockermouth.

Meanwhile, with strong winds and heavy rain across Southern Scotland there are reports of blown-down trees on rural roads.

More to follow.

Buses to encourage people to marina

"It's a good leisure facility, people can stroll along here on a Sunday, and hopefully we'll begin to see the marina itself develop and more boats coming into the area.

"That brings people into the community, that might have not visited Stranraer and it actually allows them to bring in investment to spend in local shops and cafes."

– Councillor Colin Smyth, Chair of housing, planning and environment committee, Dumfries and Galloway Council
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