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Press release: Rail electrification plan for Lake District

Press release

Rail electrification plan for Lake District

From:

Department for Transport1 and Baroness Kramer2

First published:
28 November 2014

Part of:

Expanding and improving the rail network3, Transport4 and UK economy5

Government to confirm 16 million funding to electrify 10 mile route between Oxenholme and Windermere.

Electrification

Passengers in the Lake District can look forward to faster, greener and more reliable train journeys as Transport Minister Baroness Kramer confirms 16 million of government funding to electrify the Windermere branch line in Cumbria today (28 November 2014).

The 10 mile line, which runs between Oxenholme Lake District station on the West Coast Main Line and Windermere station in the National Park, will be upgraded to allow electric trains to run on the route.

Once completed, the line will form part of a direct electrified route between key destinations in the region, including Kendal, Burneside and Staveley, and Manchester.

Baroness Kramer said:

Electrifying this key rail link will support the vital tourism industry in the area, and help us build a stronger economy in the Lake District and beyond.

We are committed to building a world-class rail network.

Over the next 5 years, more than 38 billion will be spent on improving and running the system, with schemes like this helping to provide better services for passengers across the UK.

The work will be carried out by Network Rail as part of its electrification programme across the north.

Network Rail will now develop a detailed plan for the work, which could be completed as early as 2017.

Other routes being electrified include Manchester to Liverpool, Preston, Leeds and York, and Preston to Blackpool.

The National Park environment and the value of visitors using the railway will be taken into account as the work in the Lake District is carried out.

David Golding, Strategic Planner at Network Rail, said:

Confirmation of this funding is great news and will support the retention of direct services between Manchester to Windermere, as the rest of the route is electrified.

Once complete, electrification will enable a faster, more reliable rail service.

This is part of a wider investment by Network Rail in the electrification of key routes between towns and cities across the north of England.

Chris Nutton, First TransPennine Express Programme Director, said:

We are absolutely delighted that the Department for Transport has announced that the line between Oxenholme and Windermere will be electrified in the near future.

First TransPennine Express has worked with local representatives and Network Rail to develop a solid business case in relation to the improvements.

We recognise the importance of rail connectivity across the regions and this line electrification is part of an unprecedented level of investment of the railway in the north.

It is great news for the region and the local economy and will ensure that the southern lakes remain an important and accessible tourist destination.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in lobbying for and achieving this significant investment.

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Press release: Foreign Secretary condemns suicide bomb attack on school in Nigeria

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Foreign Secretary condemns suicide bomb attack on school in Nigeria

From:

Foreign & Commonwealth Office1 and The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP2

First published:
10 November 2014

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Working for peace and long-term stability in the Middle East and North Africa3, Defence and armed forces4, Foreign affairs5, International aid and development6, National security7, Trade and investment8 and Nigeria9

Following reports of a suicide attack this morning on a school in North East Nigeria, the Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, condemned the attack and expressed his support for Nigeria.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

I am horrified to hear about the suicide bomb attack today that has killed a large number of students at a school in North East Nigeria, and injured many more.

I condemn those responsible for this appalling act and hope they are swiftly brought to justice.

I offer the British government s deepest condolences to the bereaved and those who have suffered injury.

We will continue to work closely with the Nigerian government to help them tackle the threat from terrorism.

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British soldiers are training peshmerga forces in Iraq, says MoD | UK …

British soldiers are in Iraq and working close to the frontline of the fight between the Islamic State (Isis) and Kurdish fighters, the Ministry of Defence has said.

A small specialist team is based near the Kurdish capital of Irbil in northern Iraq after their deployment was approved by the defence secretary, Michael Fallon, a spokeswoman confirmed.

They are in the war-torn region training peshmerga forces in the use of heavy machine guns that the UK supplied to them in September.

he Sunday Times reported that the soldiers were from the 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, which is based in Cyprus.

The spokeswoman said: The government has previously made clear its intention to provide training to the peshmerga as part of the continued effort to assist in the fight against Isil (Isis).

The defence secretary has approved the deployment of a small specialist team of non-combat army trainers, which is now in the Irbil area providing instruction on operating, employing and maintaining the heavy machine guns that were gifted by the UK last month.

British troops invaded Iraq in March 2003 to overthrow Saddam Hussein.

he last combat troops with Operation Telic, as it was called, left in April 2009, with a small number staying on to train the Iraqi armed forces until 2011.

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