Cumbria coastal rail line reopening 'a priority'

Thousands of tons of stone are being used at Flimby

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Engineers are working to repair a storm-hit coastal railway line in Cumbria "as fast as they can", the rail company has said.

High tides and strong winds damaged sea defences and stretches of the track between Carlisle and Barrow on Friday.

New protective "rock armour" is being installed, with thousands of tons of stone brought from a quarry at Shap to shore up the embankment at Flimby.

It is hoped the line can reopen fully on Monday.

A replacement bus services is running between Carlisle and Workington.

Martin Frobisher, from Network Rail, said: "Thousands of people use this line every day.

"It's an essential local service and for us the priority is to get it open as soon as possible.

"There's a lot of work to do, laying new sea defences, putting down ballast, replacing track, but we're doing it as fast as we can."

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