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Cameron responds to Dawlish train line concerns

David Cameron answered Anne Marie Morris' concerns over the maintenance of the railway Credit: ITV News

At Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron answered Anne Marie Morris' concerns over the maintenance of the Dawlish railway line:

We are working with the South West Peninsula Rail Task Force to bring together all the strategic and local transport schemes. I'm absolutely determined that the South-West of this country will have strong road, rail and air - these are absolutely vital to our long term plan.

– David Cameron

Calls to maintain Dawlish line a year after storm

The line was left badly damaged in February 2014 Credit: ITV News West Country

It's a year ago tonight since a huge storm washed away part of the railway line at Dawlish on the Devon coast.

The line was out of action for eight weeks, costing the region's economy over £100 million in lost business. Today Anne Marie Morris, MP for Newton Abbot, will ask the Prime Minister to ensure that route is maintained alongside other investment in the region.


South West firms set to take on new staff

The CBI says the outlook for job seekers in the south west is 'positive' Credit: PA

A survey says half of businesses in the south west expect to take on more staff this year - with job prospects for younger people also improving.

More than a hundred firms were questioned by the CBI. The organisation says the outlook for the year is 'positive'.

Brand new multi-million pound warship to be based in Plymouth

An artists impression of what the new ship will look like Credit: ITV News/ Artists impression

The MOD has announced that Plymouth will be the home of one of its new multi-million pound warships.

The Type 26 Global Combat Ships frigates are part of a national ship building plan, and will be based at both Plymouth and Portsmouth.

The government says they will help deliver the most modern navy in the world.

Has "Hush" closure worked?

"Hush" which sold legal highs has been closed for three months after complaints of anti-social behaviour Credit: ITV News

Police in Taunton have set up a dedicated phone-line to find out if the closure of a shop selling legal highs has reduced anti-social behaviour in the town.

Hush, in Bridge Street, was ordered to close by magistrates for three months after complaints from nearby residents and traders.

Officers are asking people to ring 01823 363 185 with their feedback.

Business Secretary visiting Somerset Levels

Vince Cable will be seeing how small businesses in Somerset are coping, a year after floods devastated the area. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Business Secretary Vince Cable will be spending the day on the Somerset Levels.

He'll be looking how small businesses are coping, a year after floods devastated the area.

The Government has made more than a million pounds available to help flood-hit firms, many of which took years of hard work to build up.


MPs due to visit the Eden Project in Cornwall

Inside one of Eden's famous biomes Credit: ITV News

The Government's Culture, Media and Sport Committee will be at the Eden Project later as part of a study into tourism.

Representatives will take a tour around the project before meeting key figures in the industry. The aim of the visit is to encourage tourism outside London - and discuss the future of the industry in Cornwall.

Workers protest over job losses on West Country trains

Union says removing buffet cars on West Country tains will lead to an elitist transport system Credit: ITV West Country

A rail union will protest across the region today in a campaign against the removal of buffet cars on First Great Western trains.

The RMT says losing the buffet cars wil lead to job losses and an 'upstairs downstairs' service on West Country trains. Events will be taking place at stations across the south west from 7 o clock this morning.

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