A new multi-billion pound high speed rail route is set to create jobs in Carlisle, the company behind the scheme has claimed.

HS2 will see trains travelling at speeds of up to 250 miles an hour between London and north west England from 2033.

The high-speed track won't run as far as Cumbria. But HS2 says trains travelling on the existing line north - to Glasgow and Edinburgh - will stop at Carlisle station, requiring a platform upgrade to accommodate them.

Wherever we're putting in new infrastructure there are a multitude of jobs that come with that and we've got jobs at the moment - the north west region is already benefitting from HS2 with hundreds of companies already working on behalf of HS2 - so HS2 is happening now."

Leonie Dubois, HS2 Head of Consultation and Engagement