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Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, at J34 for A683 Bay Gateway.

M6 Lancashire - Two lanes blocked and queues on M6 northbound at J34, A683 (Lancaster), because of a jackknifed caravan.

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Severe disruption: A590 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A590 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, near Newland Garage.

A590 Cumbria - A590 in Newland blocked near the Newland Garage junction, because of an overturned vehicle.

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Football

Gary Waddock starts his spell as Southend's caretaker manager by earning the club's first point of the season thanks to an entertaining draw against high-flying Fleetwood.

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National League

Barrow record back-to-back victories for the first time this season after a 3-0 win over Solihull Moors at Holker Street.

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Cyclists get their own spaces in multi-storey car park

An area for cyclists has been set aside in the main multi-storey car park in Kendal.

Bike racks in car park
SLDC

The area has changing rooms, lockers, and a special stand on which cycles can be hung for maintenance, and it is within site of the car park's staffed office, and covered by CCTV.

South Lakeland council cabinet member Dyan Jones said: “An initiative like this underlines the council’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions, by promoting cycling as an alternative to travelling by car."

The cycle hub is a free facility that makes it easier for people working or visiting Kendal to leave their car at home."

Councillor Dyan Jones

Memorial to Australia's first submarines to be rededicated

A memorial in Barrow to Australia's first two naval submarines will be rededicated tomorrow after the mystery around the fate of one of them was finally solved.

It is 105 years to the day since the first boat, AE1, was lost with all hands, off the coast of what was then German New Guinea, and the wreck was only found two years ago

Last picture taken of AE1
navy.gov.au

AE1 was built at the shipyard in Barrow by Vickers, and a memorial to the vessel and its sister, AE2, was put up in Ramsden Square in 2013.

After AE1 was found, experts concluded its loss was caused by a diving accident rather than enemy action, and new plaques will be dedicated on the memorial.

Severe accident: M6 Lancashire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire southbound severe accident, before J34 for A683 Bay Gateway.

M6 Lancashire - M6 partially blocked and queues southbound before J34, A683 (Lancaster), because of an accident.

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Harrogate Autumn Flower Show on the move after 24 years

It's been revealed that the Great Yorkshire Showground is hosting Harrogate's Autumn Flower Show for the last time.

Flowers
North of England Horticultural Society

After 24 years it will move 17 miles down the road to Newby Hall and Gardens, near Ripon.

Organisers say it's about "future proofing" the event and that it would be "too expensive" to continue to stage it at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

More than 40,000 people are expected at this year's event which began today and continues over the weekend.

Flower show organisers say the Spring Flower Show will remain at its current home at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Lengthy road closures after crashes to be discussed

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Councillors and police are to discuss the disruption caused when the A590, the only main road into Barrow, is closed by accidents.

Crash scene on A590
Cumbria Police

High Furness councillor Matt Brereton told a meeting there was still work to be done about accident blackspots, but he was also concerned about the way surrounding roads were used as rat-runs when the main roads were closed.

Councillor Keith Little, who is in charge of highways and also had a 27-year career in the fire service, said the length of time the road was now closed after accidents was "unacceptable".

I attended numerous road accidents on many busy roads and there was always a desire, particularly by the police, to get the road open very quickly and get the traffic flowing.”

Keith Little

It is leading to problems with congestion, speeding through 30mph zones and putting extra strain on the roads maintenance the county highways have to deal with.”

Matt Brereton

Council says bridge 'should not need to close again'

We have a litle more on our report earlier that repairs to Victoria Bridge in Kendal will not be complete until next summer.

Because of the rare species that live in the river, work is only allowed for a few months a year, and engineers this summer found their attempts to repair damage by Storm Desomond were interrupted so badly by heavy rain pushing up water levels that they are now running out of time.

This afternoon a Cumbria County Council spokesman said work would continue until the end of October, when the Environment Agency's "window" for working in the river ends.

Works to complete the permanent repair of Victoria Bridge will then recommence in the spring when the window re-opens.

We do not anticipate any further closures of the bridge being necessary throughout the remainder of the works.”

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, from J34 for A683 Bay Gateway to J33 for A6 Preston Lancaster Road Lancaster South.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed and it's heavy on M6 southbound from J34, A683 (Lancaster) to J33, A6 (Lancaster South), because of emergency repairs.

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Farming family in battle over wind farm helicopter flights

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A father and son have failed in their attempt to limit the number of helicopter flights that take off from near their land to service Walney's offshore windfarm, but gained an exclusion zone.

Steven Sharpe banging desk
BBC

The company that runs the wind farm, Orsted, wanted planning permission to increase the number of flights each day from six to 10, but Geoff Sharpe and his son Steven (pictured), said they had never been consulted and they wanted no flights at at all.

Mr Sharpe senior said: “Our livestock bolts on to the railway line and they’ve destroyed about 600 yards of steel fencing. The helicopters are buzzing us when we are calving the cows.”

Juan Murray, planning agent for Orsted, said none of the legal consultees raised any objections, and that attempts to use Walney Airfield or land near Barrow docks had been blocked on security grounds by the Ministry of Defence.

Councillors agreed to the increase in the number of flights, but added an extra condition that the Sharpes' farm at Roanhead be excluded from any fly zone.

Housing grant helps to prevent homelessness

A Cumbrian council is spending more than £280,000 to help prevent people living in six rural houses becoming homeless.

South Lakeland District Council's cabinet approved the grant to the housing association South Lakes Housing, that already runs more than 3,000 former council homes.

Railway Cottages
Google

It's planning to buy six of the houses in Newby Bridge, improve them, and secure the tenancies of existing residents.

The tenants had contacted the area's Lib Dem MP Tim Farron and South Lakeland council stepped in after the owners of the cottages, Lake District Estates, said the company intended to sell the homes.

Police appeal for sightings of missing Egremont man

Police have appealed again for help tracing Peter Jewell, 67, from Egremont, who has been missing since 18 August.

Peter Jewell
Cumbria Police

Mr Jewell has since only been seen once, in a pub in Barrow, the Furness Railway on Abbey Road, on 3 September.

Cumbrian Knox moves into leading ten in Tour of Spain

BBC Cumbria Sport

While most cycling attention is on the Tour of Britain, in Spain Cumbrian James Knox's remarkable Vuelta a Espana continued yesterday with a tenth-placed finish on stage 17.

James Knox
Getty Images

It moved the 23-year-old Levens rider up to eighth in the general classification with just three more stages plus Sunday's ceremonial stage to go.

Knox's Deceuninck Quick-Step team-mate, and room-mate, Phillipe Gilbert took the stage win.

Kendal bridge repair 'may not be complete until next year'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ellis Butcher

Victoria Bridge in Kendal, damaged in Storm Desmond and closed repeatedly this summer during repairs, may not now be fully fixed until next summer.

Bridge
Picture Cumbria

The "environmental window" for contractors to get in the River Kent and fix the bridge, had been lost, because of the damage caused by heavy rain this summer, the councillor in charge of highways told a Cumbria County Council meeting in Kendal.

Councillor Keith Little said that after heavy rain, a coffer-dam built to protect repair work channeled raised river levels into part of the bridge that had not been damaged before.

It put twice the volume down there at twice the velocity. That again caused some under-scarring at the footings.

What we are doing at the moment is making the bridge winter safe and putting in the work we need to do which will hopefully keep the bridge open throughout the coming months."

Councillor Keith Little

Travel: Road closed while dangerous tree is felled

BBC News Travel

The A592 between Windermere and Newby Bridge has been closed until 15:30 while a tree is felled.

Westmorland show expected to draw large crowds

About 30,000 people are expected to attend today's Westmorland County Show, said to be Cumbria's biggest one-day event, at the showground near Crooklands, south of Kendal.

Westmorland county show library photo of sheep
Getty Images

Free buses will run between Kendal and the site itself, and drivers are being asked to allow extra time for journeys in the Crooklands and Milnthorpe areas.

Lasting tribute to famous Barrovian

Jennie Dennett

BBC Cumbria

A giant portrait of a World War Two housewife from Barrow is being made out of ration stamp stickers.

It's to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of the conflict.

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Volunteers at Barrow library have been helping make the portrait of the diarist, Nella Last, as part of a special BBC arts project.

Woman touching artwork
BBC

In 1939, Nella Last began her diaries for the Mass Observation Archive, known as Housewife 49, because the diaries were anonymous and identified by profession and age.

They covered in compelling detail what it was like to live through the Second World War.

Ration stamp stickers
BBC

Share of £62m given to flood defence projects

Cumbria now has access to the latest round of money to spend on flood defences.

The government says Cumbria will have a share of more than £62m - which will go to parts of Yorkshire, the North East and the South East.

Projects in Kendal, Egremont and Flimby, near Maryport will receive the funding.

£5m is going to Kendal to pay for the final stage of work in the town.

Egremont will get £1.65m and Flimby is in line for £400,000.

Flooding in Kendal
BBC

Success for Cumbria Tour of Britain route

Cumbria's part in the Tour of Britain cycle race has been hailed a success.

The fourth stage route passed through Brough, Kirkby Stephen, Sedbergh, Kirkby Lonsdale and ended in Kendal yesteday.

Joan Johnstone, who chairs Kirkby Stephen town council, says the atmosphere was fantastic.

The weather was beautiful. The town looks great because so many businesses have made the effort to decorate premises... Yeah, the town's really turned up trumps."

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And there'll be more cyclists in Cumbria today, as part of the Deloitte ride across Britain.

Fifteen hundred riders are taking part in the 980-mile route from Land's End to John O'Groats.

Wildlife expert starts handing out 200 children's books

A man who walked 200 miles this summer to raise money to buy books for Cumbrian children is starting to hand them out today.

Wildlife expert, Jamie Normington, from Old Hutton near Kendal, raised about £7,500 by walking from St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay.

Half of the money will be used to buy 200 copies of the children's wildlife book, "The Lost Words", and the rest will go to the National Autistic Society.

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Dutch cyclist wins Cumbrian Tour of Britain stage

Dutch cyclist Mathieu Van der Poel of the Corendon-Circus team has won stage four of the Tour of Britain in Kendal.

The 171.5km (106 miles) stage started in Gateshead this morning and has just finished on Kendal's Beast Banks.

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Here is the tour passing through Brough earlier.

Tour of Britain in Brough
PA Media

Severe disruption: A684 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A684 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, from Sandylands Road to Hayclose Lane.

A684 Cumbria - A684 in Kendal closed from the Sandylands Road junction to the Hayclose Lane junction, because of OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycle race.

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Severe disruption: A6 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A6 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, from Sandylands Road to Beezon Road.

A6 Cumbria - A6 Sandes Avenue in Kendal closed from the Sandylands Road junction to the Beezon Road junction, because of OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycle race.

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Severe disruption: A6 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A6 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, from A65 Wildman Street to A5284 Sandes Avenue.

A6 Cumbria - A6 Blackhall Road in Kendal closed from Station Mini Roundabout to the A5284 Sandes Avenue junction, because of OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycle race.

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Severe disruption: Cumbria westbound

BBC News Travel

Cumbria westbound severe disruption, from A65 New Road to High Tenterfell.

Cumbria - Greenside in Kendal closed westbound from the A65 New Road junction to the High Tenterfell junction, because of OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycle race.

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Severe disruption: A6 Cumbria southbound

BBC News Travel

A6 Cumbria southbound severe disruption, from A5284 Sandes Avenue to A65 New Road.

A6 Cumbria - A6 in Kendal closed southbound from the A5284 Sandes Avenue junction to the A65 New Road junction, because of OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycle race.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A6 Lancashire southbound

BBC News Travel

A6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, between Snape Lane and A6070.

A6 Lancashire - A6 in Tewitfield closed and queues southbound between the Snape Lane junction and Pine Lake roundabout, because of a police investigation.

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Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, from J33 for A6 Preston Lancaster Road Lancaster South to J32 for M55.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J33, A6 (Lancaster South) to J32, M55 (Broughton Interchange), because of tyre on the road.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, between J33 for A6 Preston Lancaster Road Lancaster South and J32 for M55.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J33, A6 (Lancaster South) and J32, M55 (Broughton Interchange), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time