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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.

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The lorry on the M6 southbound Credit: North West Motorway Police

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MP wants more spent on rail services in the NW

The Government has been urged to take responsibility for train rolling stock and tackle shortages which have led to massive overcrowding on services.. Louise Ellman, the chair of the Transport Select Committee has serious concerns about where new money is being spent. The Liverpool Riverside MP has also called for spending on rail to be spread across the country rather than favouring London.

MPs critical at spending on NW rail services

The Government has been urged to take responsibility for train rolling stock and tackle shortages which have led to massive overcrowding on services. The Transport Select Committee also called for spending on rail to be spread across the country rather than favouring London.

MPs want more spending on services outside London Credit: ITV Granada

The committee welcomed record investment in the rail network but said it was concerning that the Transport Department had ordered new trains for services in London and the South East while expecting passengers in the rest of the country to travel on reconditioned, older stock.

Network Rail must demonstrate that it can deliver key improvements, such as electrification in the North West and the Great Western Main Line, on time and while still delivering safe and efficient services for all passengers.

Reported delays to key infrastructure projects must be addressed by the Department for Transport. If a rail improvement or electrification project is announced for delivery in a set time period, there should be an expectation that it will be delivered on time.

– Louise Ellman, MP for Liverpool Riverside and Chair of Transport Select Committee
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