Tony Potts, Copeland Rail Users Group said: "We don't want to see a micro franchise here on the west coast. Being independent from the main line could cost us our links to Lancaster and the North East. We want to see better connections. The line should be improved but not in the way suggested."
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The family of Christian Pay, who died on Friday after suspected substance abuse at a festival, have paid tribute to the Millom teenager.
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Christian Pay's family say he was "loved by all" and had "the heart of a lion". The 18-year-old died after falling ill at the festival.