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WATCH: Lorry driver shortage

Long hours, unsociable shifts, training costs and a high demand for online goods - all factors which are leading to a growing shortage of lorry drivers both nationally and locally.

In Cumbria and the north east an extra 1,700 hundred drivers are needed. The Road Haulage Association says the situation is deteriorating fast with more and more companies struggling to recruit. Kate Walby reports.

Local MP calls for action to help young rural drivers

Cumbrian MP Tim Farron has called for targeted action to help young drivers in the countryside, after new research shows rural drivers are more likely to be killed or injured than urban drivers.

The research was conducted by Road Safety Analysis, it shows that young drivers in the countryside are more than a third more likely to be killed or injured than those in urban areas, with young car drivers facing the highest risks.

The research has been welcomed by South Lakes MP Tim Farron, who says this has been suspected for years. He says the combination of more dangerous roads and more time spent driving seems to lead to higher risks of collision, especially for newly qualified young people.

_"Now that this research shows how much greater the risk is for our young people, we need to do something about it. Driving is absolutely essential for many of our young people living in the countryside and we need to make it as safe as possible for them. Better training to be able to cope with more demanding rural roads is crucial, but we also need to make those roads less dangerous.

We need to improve roads like the A590 urgently, I'm glad that the road minister has agreed to come to Cumbria to see it for himself. I'll be calling on the government to target young rural drivers specifically."_

– Tim Farron MP