Carlisle, Workington and Cleator Moor are to benefit from new Government funding, worth up to £1m for each location.

The three locations, as places selected last year to benefit from the Towns Fund, will receive between £500,00 and £1m each to fund projects that will help improve local transport access or their high streets.

The announcement was made yesterday by the Prime Minister as part of measures to kick-start a post-Covid-19 recovery.

Carlisle's MP John Stevenson welcomed the announcement, saying it gives the city "an opportunity to improve some aspects of our transport infrastructure. This funding will be on top of the Towns Fund and High Street Fund which has already been announced for Carlisle."

He added that of the projects which could benefit from the further funding, "the railway station improvements and the Citadels redevelopment are priorities for our city centre".

Workington MP Mark Jenkinson also welcomed the announcement yesterday, saying that it was "great news that the Prime Minister has announced additional funding to level up Workington. It brings the first tranche of money to help each area meet some immediate challenges they face as a result of Covid-19."

Copeland MP Trudy Harrison was glad to hear the announcement that Cleator Moor as well as Millom will be benefitting from this extra funding.

"Additional funding to support my towns of Cleator Moor and Millom is of course always welcome.

"Cleator Moor has bold and credible ambition to become a real centre for robotics and remote operating which I wholly support.

"Both towns are playing to their strengths and are supported by Copeland Borough Council and the Towns Fund Boards.

"This is so important for Copeland."