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Northern Rail returns to full service on Lakes Line

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The train company, Northern Rail, has resumed full service on the Lakes Line.

Services between Oxenholme and Windermere have recently been hit with a series of cancellations and delays.

For almost eight weeks, all trains were cancelled and replaced with buses.

Operator Northern said timetable changes and driver shortages were to blame.

The company said 75% of services would be resumed on other lines as well, after an attempt to introduce new timetables in May collapsed because the drivers were not available to run the trains.

A compensation scheme has been introduced for affected season ticket holders.

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TRAVEL: M6 closure could affect Kendal Calling travellers

A HGV has collided with a bridge on the M6, closing it in both directions Credit: Lancashire Polie

The M6 is closed in both directions between J33 and J32 in Lancashire.

A HGV has collided with a bridge, making it unsafe.

The road has been closed since 8.30am this morning. Police say it's expected to remain closed into tonight and possibly into tomorrow.

You can see the latest update here.

Credit: North West Motorway Police

£1m upgrade of A69 in Carlisle starts

Part of the A69 Warwick Road Credit: Google Maps

A million pound upgrade of two junctions on the A69 in Carlisle has begun.

Improvements will be made to the Montgomery Way and Eastern Way junctions, with the bend being made wider to allow for better flow of traffic.

The work will last for around six months, according the Cumbria County Council.

The scheme has received some controversy, after the original proposals included a new extra lane and the chopping down of trees.

We’ve worked really closely with local residents around Warwick Road to design a scheme which takes on board their views and opinions.

Throughout the works, there will be temporary traffic lights in operation either at one of the junctions or at times both. Delays to journey times are likely and therefore we’d ask the public to consider using junctions 42 and 44 where possible as alternative routes into Carlisle.

I’m confident that the improvements will make a positive impact on traffic flow in and out of the city."

– Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet Member for Highways


A66 will close at weekends for 'total reconstruction'

The A66 between Kirkby Thore and Low Moor will close for seven weekends. Credit: Google Maps

A mile-long stretch of the A66 between Kirkby Thore and Low Moor, east of Penrith, is to close for seven weekends.

The road will close at 10pm on Fridays and will re-open at 3am on Mondays.

Engineers say the roads old foundations need to be completely rebuilt.

Motorists will face diversions along the A69 to the north or the M62 to the south.

The closure will start on 7 September.

We appreciate this will inconvenience some road users but we’ll be taking advantage of the closures to do as much work as possible here and at other locations which will spare drivers future inconvenience.”

– Stephen Mason, Project Manager for Highways England

Northern Rail resumes limited service on Lakes Line

A limited number of shuttle services have resumed on the Lakes Line. Credit: PA

Northern Rail is running trains on the Lakes Line for the first time in nearly a month.

A limited number of shuttle services have resumed on the Lakes Line, which runs trains between Oxenholme and Windermere.

All trains were stopped last month due to timetable changes and staffing issues. This led to a number of delays and cancellations.

There will be replacement buses to cover staff breaks.

Northern Rail has not yet said when services will return to a normal timetable.


Carlisle's Victoria Viaduct set to reopen tonight

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A major route in Carlisle will reopen this evening, after it was forced to close for almost two months.

Contractors working to make the former Central Plaza Hotel on Victoria Viaduct safe have confirmed that work will be completed at 9.00pm.

Carlisle City Council said both Victoria Viaduct and West Walls, including footpaths, will reopen soon after.

The footpath in front of the Central Plaza building will remain closed.

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