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Roads Minister Andrew Jones says there is a "national pinch point" between Cumbria and the North East when it comes to road transport.
He's in Carlisle today, to look at plans to turn two major Cumbrian roads, the A69 and A66, into dual carriageways:
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The government's Roads Minister will visit Carlisle to hear about proposals to turn the A66, A69 or both roads into dual carriageways.
Cumbrian councillors and business leaders are warning the county could be left behind, unless more powers are transferred north.