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Disruption to trains between Carlisle and Lancaster

A broken down train is causing disruption between Carlisle and Lancaster Credit: PA

There is currently disruption to Virgin Trains between Carlisle and Lancaster due to a train that has broken down between Penrith and Oxenholme.

The broken down train may cause delays of up to an hour, and some alterations to travel plans.

The disruption, which is expected to last until at least 1.30pm, is also affecting First Transpennine Express.


Local business fills in pothole out of frustration

The pothole before it was filled in Credit: ITV Border

A local business has has taken it upon itself to fill in a pothole despite having no obligation to do so.

It follows a dispute over who is responsible for the maintenance of the road.

The Warwick Bridge Business Centre filled in the pothole that lies outside 'Sally's tearoom' in Warwick Bridge, despite the land having nothing to do with them.

The pothole was filled in by a local business Credit: ITV Border

It is currently unclear who is responsible for maintaining the road, with Cumbria County Council claiming it has no role to play in the roads upkeep.

“Unadopted road and private roads are the responsibility of the householders or landowners to maintain.

"Because of this it would not be appropriate to use taxpayers money to fund road repairs.”

– Spokesperson, Cumbria County Council

Police ask motorists to drive with 'extra caution' following Amber weather warning

An Amber weather warning has been issued by The Met Office Credit: Met Office

Police Scotland has issued travel advice to motorists following an Amber weather warning from The Met Office.

The warning means people should be prepared for widespread snow showers across across our region during Wednesday evening, through into Thursday morning.

Strong, gusting winds will lead to drifting and blizzard conditions at times, especially over higher routes.

Police are asking motorists to drive with extra caution, and to properly prepare before their journey.

"There is a risk of localised disruption to travel throughout Wednesday and Thursday and we would ask motorists to take precautions before they set off.

"If you are travelling you should ensure that you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions.

"Make sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours.

"Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes."

– nspector Neil Hewitson, Roads Policing Unit


Bus between Penrith and Kendal reinstated

Stagecoach are drawing up a timetable for the service Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A bus service between Penrith and Kendal has been reinstated.

The 106 was axed in November when Cumbria County Council stopped subsidising it.

Communities and organisations served by the route have now stepped in with funding to get it back on the road.

Stagecoach are drawing up a new timetable.

Drop in Cumbria drink drivers

2,687 people were tested as part of the month long campaign Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Sixty motorists were caught driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs during the Cumbria Constabulary's month-long Christmas campaign.

The campaign ran from the 1st of December to the 1st of January.

A total of 2,687 people were tested during this period, a higher number than last year.

However the number of positive results was lower.

Cumbria Police say there is still work to be done.

"A statistic I would like to highlight it that, whilst the number of driver caught under the influence dropped, the number of people failing a test following a collision increased.

"This is proof that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs increases the likelihood of a collision.

"In 2015 we will continue to target drink and drug drivers as part of our work to make Cumbria's roads safer"

– Chief Inspector Matt Kennerley

Payouts for potholes rises

The number of payouts for damage caused by potholes increased last year Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The number of payouts for damage caused by potholes went up last year in Cumbria.

272 claims were made against the Cumbria County Council for damage caused to their vehicles, a rise of 22 from the following year.

Only 15% of claims were successful, with the council paying out £16,000 in compensation.

A592 closed due to roadworks

The A592 is closed due to roadworks Credit: PA

Police are reminding motorists of ongoing roadworks which have closed the A592.

The road will be closed in both directions on Monday 26th January, Wednesday 28th January and Thursday 29th January between 7.30am and 5.30pm.

The road will be open on Tuesday 27th January where temporary traffic lights will be in place.

Police advise motorists to avoid the area and seek alternative routes.

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