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Unifinished business: £3m spent so far on emergency base

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

More than £3m has been spent on an emergency services base in Cumbria, that still stands half-built when it should should have been finished two years ago, BBC Cumbria has established.

Half-finished building

Work on the base for the police, fire and ambulance services in Ulverston, called the Blue Light Hub, was held up by a contractual dispute.

Cumbria County Council has refused to release details of any pay-out to its former contractor.

The authority says it's now got a new builder in place and hopes soon to say more about when work will re-start.

Severe disruption: M57 Merseyside northbound

BBC News Travel

M57 Merseyside northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A506 Valley Road and A59.

M57 Merseyside - One lane closed on M57 northbound between J6, A506 (Kirkby) and A59, because of vehicle tyre change. Traffic is coping well.

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

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Ambulances get 5,000 calls on New Year's Day

Cumbria's ambulance service said it saw a spike in calls over the festive period.

Figures released by the North West Ambulance Service showed it received more than 5,000 calls on New Year's Day alone.

NHS 111, the non-emergency service, also reported a high number of calls, with more than 12,000 recorded on the 28 December.


Severe accident: A506 Merseyside both ways

BBC News Travel

A506 Merseyside both ways severe accident, from B5192 to Shevingtons Lane.

A506 Merseyside - A506 Bank Lane in Melling closed and it's slow in both directions from the B5192 junction to the Shevingtons Lane junction, because of an accident involving a car.

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

Severe accident: M57 Merseyside southbound

BBC News Travel

M57 Merseyside southbound severe accident, at J6 for A506 Valley Road.

M57 Merseyside - M57 partially blocked and it's very slow southbound at J6, A506 (Kirkby), because of an accident.

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