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Cumbria coastal rail route set for £3m upgrade

Cumbria Coast Railway Photo: Network Rail

Network Rail is investing £3m to replace 5,000 yards of ageing and worn out railway track on the Cumbrian coast.

This upgrade is part of the Great North Rail Project designed to give much needed investment to rail projects in the north of England.

The project will affect the line between Silecroft and Bootle in West Cumbria, and is expected to provide better and faster journeys for the area.

It will also help by removing a temporary speed restriction currently in place on older sections of the track.

This is essential investment into the out of date railway that we desperately rely on, and I both commend the patience of local people and that of Network Rail."

– Trudy Harrison, Copeland MP

It's advised that there will be some Sunday travel disruption between Whitehaven and Millom while the works go on

There will be a temporary bus service provided.

The essential work has been carefully planned to cause the least disruption. We will be working mid-week nights and over six Sundays between 6th January and 10th February to upgrade 5,000 yards of rail, sleepers and railway stone. Passengers should check with National Rail Enquiries or Northern for the latest travel information.”

– Stephen Kearns, Network Rail