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Train passengers face rail strike disruption

Northern services will be affected by strike action Credit: Press Association

Train passengers in Cumbria are facing disruption ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend with another day of industrial action.

The RMT union has called its latest 24-hour walkout today in an on-going dispute over Northern's plans to change the role of train guards.

Services along the Cumbrian coast and between Carlisle and the north east are expected to be affected.


Cumbrian coach driver disqualified for 'spectacular failure'

A coach driver from Cumbria who drove the wrong way down a motorway slip road, has been disqualified from professional driving for nine months.

35-year-old Mark Ingleton from Thursby, who worked for Reay's Coaches, made the manoeuvre on the M1 in July last year whilst carrying members of Whitehaven Rugby League team.

The Deputy Traffic Commissioner, Simon Evans, revoked Mr Ingleton's license in a written decision after a conduct hearing.

Mr Ingleton told the Deputy Commissioner he had come under pressure from passengers to carry out the manoeuvre.

However, Mr Evans said that it was a 'spectacular failure' by Mr Ingleton not to deal with the pressure situation.

You can watch a video of the manoeuvre below:


Commuters relieved as West Coast Mainline reopens

The West Coast Mainline north of Carlisle has reopened after more than seven weeks of closure.

Thousands of people have faced long delays after Storm Frank damaged a viaduct on New Year's Eve, which led to the closure of the line.

Watch Matthew's Taylor report from the first day back on track:

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