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Quintinshill memorial to be unveiled at Carlisle Railway Station

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A memorial is being unveiled today at Carlisle railway station to remember the victims of the UK's worst train crash, which happened 100 years ago tomorrow.

More than 200 people, most of them soldiers from the Royal Scots, were killed when three trains collided at Quintinshill signalbox near Gretna in May 1915.


RMT calls for re-nationalisation of rail services

Rail workers in Carlisle took part in day of action this morning, calling for the re-nationalisation of rail services in the North.

It was part of a region wide campaign in response to the news that German, Dutch, and French state railways had been shortlisted for the Northern Rail franchise.

But a spokesperson for the Department of Transport said the move was a step towards the creation of a northern powerhouse for the UK economy.

"The publication of the invitations to tender is the first step in the transformation of train travel between the northern cities. It is also a significant step in the creation of a northern powerhouse for the UK economy."

– Spokesperson, Department of Transport

Trains Minister visits Carlisle and Gretna

Carlisle Railway station Credit: ITV Border

The Government's Trains Minister, Claire Perry, will be visiting Carlisle railway station to discuss plans for it to be turned into a hub for all types of transport.

Local MP John Stevenson wants an underused area at the back of the station to be developed into a site for buses, taxis, and car parking.

Ms Perry will also visit Gretna as part of her trip.