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RMT warns of railway 'crime surge'

Services at Carlisle station are affected. Credit: ITV Border

RMT workers are striking at Carlisle and Workington railway stations today, in a dispute over the removal of guards from some passenger services.

Northern services between Carlisle, and Newcastle and West Cumbria are affected.

The union has warned that axing guards will lead to "surge in crime" on services in Cumbria.

Removing staff from trains, which will travel through over 300 unstaffed stations, is a toxic combination that will increase anti-social behaviour and and unleash a surge in crime which will see Northern rail becoming a muggers' paradise.

The public are right to be concerned and that is why they are backing RMT's fight for the guarantee of a guard on Northern trains.

– RMT General Secretary Mick Cash

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TRAVEL: HGV crash shuts M6 J40 slip road at Penrith

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Two HGV's have been involved in a crash on the M6 Junction 40 slip road at Penrith.

Officers were called at 1.47pm to the incident on the northbound entry slip road.

The slip road is now completely closed and delays are to be expected for some time.

The lanes heading west on the A66 have also been reduced and traffic is slow moving. ​

Emergency services are at the scene and motorists are asked to avoid the area.

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Delays after A591 accident in Keswick

The accident happened on the A591 in Keswick. Credit: ITV Border

There are delays on the busy A591 road in Keswick, due to an accident.

It happened between the A5271 Penrith Road and B5322 Back Lane, and was reported at 11:15am.

No further details have been released.

The A591 southbound is closed at Chestnut Hill, causing queueing traffic in the area.

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