Plans for a new £1.9million rail hub in Maryport are going on public display today.
The Maryport Rail Station Hub project aims to encourage sustainable travel along the Cumbrian Coast and improve access to both Maryport Station and the Cumbrian Coast Railway.
The scheme will provide a new 78-space car park located on land currently owned by the Maryport Amateur Rugby Football League Club (ARFLC) and would require the building of a new access road on to Mealpot Road and the relocation of a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA).
Improvements to pedestrian and cycle links to the station are also proposed alongside new drop-off facilities, blue badge parking and a footway along Mealpot Road.
The relocated MUGA will be built on the former tennis courts close to the A594 and will bring a currently disused piece of land back into use, with a new games area built to modern standards.
As part of the Cumbria Growth Deal secured by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, £1.9m has been set aside to deliver the improvements and create the new ‘hub’.
The drop-in session is being held at the Maryport ARFLC today between 3pm and 7pm and provides an opportunity for people to express their views on the proposals.
Plans will be displayed and members of the project team will be available to answer questions. The drop-in session precedes the submission of a planning application for the scheme, with construction expected in 2016.
“People will be able to find out more information about this scheme and view design plans at the drop-in session, so I would encourage local people to come along and see for themselves how we’re proposing to improve access to the station.”
Where were the Maryport altars originally positioned?
That's one of the mysteries being explored by archaeologists in the town, which is one of the most significant Roman heritage sites in the world.
For the past five years people have been digging there, to build a picture of how life might have been in west Cumbria 2,000 years ago - when it was part of the Roman Empire.
There are just two months left before the dig finishes, and researchers from around the world are keen to discover as much as they can, before then:
Hear from some of the archaeologists working at the Maryport dig.
People keen to explore the area's Roman heritage are flocking to the site - from as far afield as Michigan, Canada and... Beckfoot:
The project finishes in August 2015.
The five-year project exploring Roman remains in Maryport is coming to an end. Archaeologists are hoping for more discoveries.Read the full story ›
A group of archaeologists are getting started on their final dig near the Senhouse Museum in west Cumbria.
The five-year Temples Project was set up to learn more about the altars found at Maryport.
It's hoped the dig will help historians understand the complex religious landscape of the area during the Roman Empire.
Hundreds of people lined the streets of Maryport today to see the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment march through to be awarded the freedom of the town. Paul Crone reports.
Crowds lined the streets of Maryport today as more than a hundred soldiers from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment marched through to be awarded the freedom of the town.
The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment recruits from across the North West of England including Cumbria and the 1st Battalion is currently based at Catterick in North Yorkshire.
The parade got underway at 11.45am following a private service at St Mary’s Parish Church and gave the people of Maryport the chance to show their appreciation for the regiment that has historic ties with Cumbria going back centuries.
Children in west Cumbria are learning how to cope, when grandparents or other relatives develop memory loss as part of Dementia Awareness Week.
Pupils at Maryport Church of England School gained a hands-on approach to learning how memory works - and how it can be stimulated. The aim is to help them understand what an older family member could be going through. Matthew Taylor reports.
Troops from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment will march through Maryport tomorrow to be awarded the freedom of the town.Read the full story ›
Ten fire engines battled a blaze at a timber yard in Flimby throughout the night.
Despite the wind creating difficult conditions, the flames at Risehow Industrial Estate are now said to be under control .
Crews were called to the scene at 5.16pm yesterday, where they found fire in a stack of timber.
It was spreading fast through several thousand tonnes of bark chippings.
This morning, four fire engines, along with other Fire and Rescue resources, remain at the site and are continuing to tackle the fire.