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Dumfries taxi stewards introduced for festive period

A taxi steward will be working at the taxi rank on Loreburn Street Credit: Police Scotland

Taxi Stewards are going to be operating the Loreburn Street taxi rank in Dumfries throughout the festive period, following on from the success of last year's scheme.

Police Scotland say the main purpose of the stewards is to:

  • Patrol the main taxi rank, in Loreburn Street, Dumfries
  • Maintain order
  • Prevent antisocial behaviour
  • Ensure the safety of members of the public and taxi driver

The stewards will be in place throughout the weekends between now and Sunday 3rd January 2016.

M6 re-opens after four-vehicle collision

The accident. Credit: ITV Border

The M6 between J36 and J37 has re-opened following a major collision earlier today.

All lanes are now open on both the north and southbound sides.

Police were called at 1:17pm (November 27) following a four-vehicle collision.

Two of the drivers suffered serious injuries and have been taken to hospital.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the incident to contact them.


PHOTOS: traffic builds in Kendal after motorway diversion

Traffic is building in Kendal, after being diverted through the town from the M6 motorway.

A major three-vehicle collision led to the closure of the northbound lane, but all lanes are expected to re-open shortly.

Traffic in Kendal. Credit: ITV Border
Traffic in Kendal. Credit: ITV Border
Traffic in Kendal. Credit: ITV Border

Drivers diverted through Kendal after M6 accident

Drivers are being diverted through Kendal. Credit: PA

Traffic is being re-directed through Kendal following a three-vehicle accident on the M6 northbound, between J36 and J37.

Police say two people have been seriously injured in the collision.

The northbound carriageway, which is set to re-open within the next 15 minutes, has been closed between the junctions, and drivers are being diverted from J36 through Kendal on the A6, to re-join the motorway again at J39.

Traffic is currently also delayed on the southbound carriageway as emergency services attend the incident.

The air ambulance was called, but police have not yet released further details.

The accident. Credit: ITV Border


Cumbria roadworks: from Monday 9 November

Roadworks are taking place at Crackenthorpe. Credit: ITV Border

The following roadworks will be taking place in Cumbria next week:

A66 Appleby

A £1.76 million carriageway reconstruction project near Crackenthorpe began in mid-October and will last until Sunday 20 December. Temporary traffic lights are in place – manually controlled during the day – and a 40mph speed limit will also be in place past the road works.

A66 Bassenthwaite Lake

A programme of work to update safety cameras and carry out rock face protection started on Tuesday 2 September – with the westbound carriageway closed and a contraflow system in operation using a lane on the eastbound carriageway.

A66 Troutbeck

A £500,000 project to remove a bottleneck west of Penrith was due to be completed on Sunday (8 November). The work will now be completed by Monday 23 November. The work has involved widening the single lane carriageway to incorporate two new dedicated right turns into businesses on either side of the road – reducing queuing and shunt-style collisions.

A75 at Glenluce closed by chemical spillage

The A75 at Glenluce has been closed, due to a "small chemical spillage".

Police say at around 1:40pm, a bottle containing an unknown substance was found at the side of the A75 at the Glenluce bypass.

Emergency services are there, and the road has been closed.

Diversions are in place through the village of Glenluce for all traffic travelling east and west.

The fire and rescue service are waiting for specialists to arrive to identify the chemical.

One person has been taken to the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary as a precaution, having been in direct contact with the substance.

Police say there is no risk to the wider public.

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