MP Tim Farron will announce the £16 million investment to electrify the Windermere rail line.
The Government's Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer, will also be at Windermere station to officially launch the upgrading plan today.
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South Lakes MP, Tim Farron, says the announcement of a £16m investment to electrify the Windermere rail line will boost tourism and attract new businesses to the area.
The Government's Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer, will be at Windermere station to officially launch the upgrading plan today.
As well as providing faster and more reliable journeys between Windermere and Oxenholme, where the branch lines links up with the West Coast main line, Mr. Farron believes it will help to protect through trains to Manchester Airport.
The MP has been campaigning for the changes, along with the Lakes Line Rail User Group.
"The plan will bring much-needed construction jobs in the shorter term and in the longer term attract new businesses, boost tourism and create a better environment for job creation. I am over the moon that we have been able to make this project a reality."
“This will be a shot in the arm to our tourism industry and means people can have breakfast in London and lunch in Windermere."
The Government has announced a £16 million investment to electrify the Windermere rail line in the Lake District.
The 10 mile branch line links the National Park to the west coast main line at Oxenholme. It will be upgraded to allow electric trains to run on the route. The Government says it will mean faster and more reliable journeys.
The work will be carried out by Network Rail as part of its electrification programme across the north. It could be completed by 2017. Other routes being electrified include Manchester to Liverpool, Preston, Leeds and York, and Preston to Blackpool.
The Government says the National Park and the visitors using the railway will be taken into account as the work is carried out.
Campaigners have long called for the line to be electrified to improve the service and protect its future.
“Electrifying this key rail link will support the vital tourism industry in the area, and help us build a stronger economy in the Lake District and beyond."
People are being asked how much they are likely to use the Borders railway, which opens next year.
The survey is being delivered to homes in Galashiels, Tweedbank, Selkirk and Hawick. It'll also ask what people think about exisiting transport links and how they could be improved.
Rails for the Borders Railway crossed into the Scottish Borders for the first time in 45 years yesterday (Wed 5 Nov).
The rail installation team entered at Cakemuir Burn as the 30 mile route progresses.
It marks the completion of the rail installation process through Midlothian, with tracks now in place along iconic Borders Railway structures including the 167-year-old, 23-arch Lothianbridge Viaduct near Newtongrange as well as the 71.5 metre long new Hardengreen Bridge.
Now the rail is in place throughout Midlothian, it is being used to transport engineering vehicles.
“Seeing the rails enter the Scottish Borders brings home the reality that trains will be running along the railway next September. The Scottish Borders is just months away from reaping the benefits of this investment that will encourage more visitors to our many attractions as well as boost the economic health of our towns and villages.”
Rail campaigners and a Cumbrian MP are calling for cross-border train fares to be simplified.
Lookaround has discovered that you can save more than £80 on journeys between Carlisle and the north of Scotland by breaking the journey down, and buying two tickets instead of one.
It's a process known as split-ticketing. Campaigners say it's unfair for people who don't know how to work the system.
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Parliament has been asked to consider building a high speed rail link between Newcastle and Carlisle, after the Chancellor promised one between Leeds and Manchester on Monday.
The line wouldn't be build for decades, with the link between London and Birmingham still a long way off from being started.
However, South Lakes MP Tim Farron says improving infrastructure in the north means thinking further than Manchester.
While there's been massive disruption for one set of rail travellers today, there's been relief for others.
The Cumbrian coastal route between Carlisle and Barrow has fully re-opened ten days after a section was washed away by storms.
Hannah McNulty spoke to passengers on board one of the first trains along the route this morning.
There was relief for rail users as the Cumbrian coastline route fully re-opened this morning.
A section of the track at Flimby in west Cumbria was washed away by the storms 10 days ago.
Buses replaced trains between Carlisle and Workington while engineers carried out repairs.