North West Ambulance Service

Work starts again on new emergency service base

A new contractor says a base for all the emergency services in the Furness peninsula, at Ulverston, should now be finished next year

Artist's impression of new building
Caddick Construction

Work on the £4.6m project stopped in August 2018 after a dispute between Cumbria County Council and an earlier contractor.

The building (artist's impression pictured) should now be complete early next year.

Road closed for two hours after crash

A woman was freed from the wreckage by firefighters after a two-car crash on the A596 near Thursby.

She was checked over by paramedics but had sustained only minor injuries and did not need hospital treatment.

The road was closed for two hours while the Nissan Qashqai and BMW were recovered after the collision yesterday morning.

8% of urgent ambulance calls in the North West take more than an hour

A BBC investigation has found that thousands of patients who've had strokes, heart attacks and fits are being made to wait over an hour for an ambulance.

Across the North West, 84,548 out of 1,044,119 calls led to waits of more than an hour. That's a higher proportion than in many other English regions that responded to a request for their data. Only the East Midlands and South West were higher.

BBC News obtained the data under the Freedom of Information Act covering the period from the start of 2018 to September 2019.

The North West Ambulance Service has been invited to respond.

Close up of side panel of large ambulance
NWAS

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
BBC

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.