Railway works are underway

Dispute over Borders railway

Campaigners say a railway line in the Borders will stop people taking the train because journeys will be long. Transport Scotland disagrees.

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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.

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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

Buses to help Stranraer businesses

"If it makes people take the choice to go into Stranraer, rather than take some other mode of transport away from the ferry port, that's got to be attractive.

"It was a difficulty in the past, if we make it as easy and attractive as possible then people will want to go into Stranraer.

"They'll want to go for the railway station, and hopefully to spend some time and money in Stranraer as well."

– Keith Brown, Transport Minister for Scotland

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Dumfries green transport scheme

A scheme called Go Smart Dumfries is a multi million pound partnership to persuade residents and visitors to the town to reduce their car use in favour of more sustainable ways of getting about.

It's one of seven sustainable travel projects across the whole of Scotland. A conference has been held to explain how people can make the most of the town's greener travel projects.

Andy Burn reports.

Sustainable transport under spotlight

A number of delegates from all over Scotland will arrive in Dumfries to discuss the town's green transport options. £5 million has been spent trying to get the towns folk out of their cars and using sustainable transport.

Recently the council were criticised for their bicycle scheme which cost £155,000 but had an uptake of less than 20 people a week.

The event, which has been organised by Dumfries and Galloway council, will centre on three key questions:

  • Is the green message still effective?
  • Should we promote more selfish benefits of using sustainable transport?
  • Is the credit crunch making sustainability more people?
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