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."
More top news
Police Scotland have named a man who died in a road crash in Hawick, as 30-year-old Kyle Christensen.
Police investigating a serious sexual assault that happened on St Ninians Road in Carlisle have made a second arrest.
Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for witnesses after a fatal road crash on the A7 in which a police officer died.