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Severe accident: A596 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A596 Cumbria both ways severe accident, from Rye Hill Road to Lowther Street.

A596 Cumbria - A596 Station Road in Flimby blocked in both directions from the Rye Hill Road junction to the Lowther Street junction, because of an accident involving a car and a motorcycle.

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

Allonby School pupils are top at recycling

Primary school pupils in Allonby have been crowned winners in a countywide recycling competition.

Nine schools in Cumbria took part in the Recycle with Michael scheme, organised by The Salvation Army, and between them all they collected almost a tonne of clothes and shoes which would normally go to landfill.

The Allonby pupils won the competition as they recycled more per head of pupils than all the other schools.

Allonby school pupils with Michel the recycling mascot.
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Michael the recycling mascot at Allonby School

Severe disruption: A75 Dumfries And Galloway both ways

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A75 Dumfries And Galloway both ways severe disruption, at A709.

A75 Dumfries And Galloway - A75 in Dumfries closed at the A709 junction, because of flooding. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A75 Dumfries And Galloway both ways

BBC News Travel

A75 Dumfries And Galloway both ways severe accident, from Cairnsmore Road to A712.

A75 Dumfries And Galloway - A75 in Palnure closed in both directions from the Cairnsmore Road junction to the A712 junction, because of a serious accident involving lorry and a car. Diversion in operation - traffic is being diverted along the A712 at Blackcraig and the A713 at Castle Douglas.

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

Travel: Trains running again on Cumbria Coast line

BBC News Travel

Northern says the Cumbria Coast rail line between Carlisle and Maryport has now reopened, with trains starting to run again.

There will be a speed limit in the affected area and some services will still be delayed.

Travel: Floods and landslide disrupt trains

BBC News Travel

A landslide on the rail line between Carlisle and Newcastle is disrupting train services.

Flooding on the Cumbria Coast line between Carlisle and Maryport is causing cancellations on Northern services from Carlisle to Barrow and onwards.

Recycling suspension costs council £20,000 in leaflets

Local Democracy Reporting Service

John Connell

The leader of Allerdale Council has confirmed that the authority spent more than £20,000 printing and distributing leaflets when it suspended some recycling services after the council’s contractor, FCC Environment, missed thousands of bin collections.

Councillor Marion Fitzgerald confirmed that the council had footed the bill, and FCC had not been asked to contribute anything to the cost.

Bin wagon on rounds
Allerdale BC

Keswick councillor Markus Campbell-Savours said: “That’s an awful lot of money to spend on a letter, especially one felt that some people felt was lacking in useful information for them.

“It could have mentioned that there was a waste site at Flusco (near Penrith) instead of just ones at Wigton, Maryport and Workington. None of the local residents were aware of this."

Councillor Fitgerald said: “During the whole of this episode with the bins we have really worked hard, particularly Charles Holmes (head of Community Services) and his department, and the customer services team, to make sure that the public had as much information as we could possibly give.”

Severe disruption: A701 Dumfries And Galloway both ways

BBC News Travel

A701 Dumfries And Galloway both ways severe disruption, from A75 to A74.

A701 Dumfries And Galloway - A701 closed in both directions from the A75 junction in Dumfries to the A74(M) J15 (Beattock junction in Dumcrieff, because of an overturned lorry. Diversion in operation - Northbound: via A75, A709, B7076, and the A7068. Through Torthorwald, Lochmaben, Lockerbie and Beattock. Southbound: the same but in reverse order. Diversion length is 26 miles.

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

Hospital celebrates opening of new day services

A Cumbrian hospital, once threatened with severe cuts, is showing off new facilities today.

In 2016, Maryport Hospital was among several community hospitals in Cumbria that were the centre of campaigns and demonstrations to preserve the facilities, because of the loss of overnight beds.

Children with banners

There was a campaign to save it, and now, following renovation work, staff there are able to offer more services, although only between 08:00 and 20:00.

The Workington MP Sue Hayman officially opened the new day care facilities.

We have completely renovated the old ward and we now have state of the art facilities to offer a much wider range of services.

Zoe LarmourIntegrated care manager

Our staff can deliver care to the people of Maryport here instead of them having to travel to West Cumberland Hospital, for procedures such as blood transfusions and intravenous antibiotics to name just a couple."

Maryporters awarded for transforming railway station

A group of volunteers called The Maryporters have been given an award for their work transforming the town's railway station into an oasis of plants.

They were given the It’s Your Neighbourhood award by Britain in Bloom.

Volunteers, The Maryporters, holding plants and smiling
Cumbria County Council

Dog walker rescued from river at Workington

A dog walker who went into the River Derwent at Workington with his pet was rescued in an operation involving several emergency services.

Maryport Rescue, an independent lifeboat crew, worked alongside the Workington RNLI lifeboat, the Maryport and Whitehaven Coastguards and the fire and ambulance services to bring the casualty back to dry land.

Maryport Rescue says all rescue services worked together to secure a "positive and successful outcome".

Maryport rescue boat
Maryport Rescue

Surveyors check financial health of fishing fleet

Researchers will be visiting fishing ports on the Cumbrian and Solway coasts this week to see how the industry is doing.

Fishing boats in Maryport Harbour

Seafish, a government agency supporting the fishing industry, says it is an important survey because of the challenges fishing business face as they prepares for life outside the EU.

Last year's survey showed the UK fishing fleet as a whole turned over £1bn for the second year running.

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Cormac Campbell

BBC News NI South East Reporter

Plans are afoot for the frontier town to branch out but not everyone is happy about the proposals.

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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