An 'ambitious' multi-million pound plan to revamp Carlisle's Citadel railway station and surrounding area has been revealed.

It aims to transform the station into an attractive gateway to the border city centre.

The £15 million plans are set to be published next week so members of the community can have their say on the proposal.

It is all part of the Borderlands Growth Deal which could see more than £394m pumped into Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

The first phase of the project will be the improvements at Carlisle Railway Station.

The second phase will centre on the historic Citadels area to establish the site as a focal point for higher education, business and cultural uses.

The second phase will focus on the railway's surrounding area. Credit: Google Maps

Cumbria County Council are working alongside the University of Cumbria and other stakeholders to explore a variety of options on how to transform the site.

Carlisle's MP John Stevenson says the project will be beneficial for the city.

The Borderlands Initiative has proved to be very successful for our region; in terms of investment from Government and demonstrating how neighbouring councils can work in partnership to achieve the support necessary for key projects."

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle.

Carlisle Railway Station sees more than two million passengers pass through every year, and is a vital part of the national rail network.

“The Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal will provide transformational change for the city. The Carlisle Station Gateway and Citadels project is one of the first schemes to progress to this stage and could provide opportunities to improve the parking and access points, as well as creating investment opportunities.

Councillor John Mallinson, Leader of Carlisle City Council.

A public consultation begins on Wednesday 18 September and runs until Wednesday, October 9.

People can see the suggested plans and have their say online at or in-person by visiting the venues below.

  • Friday 20 September - Carlisle Railway Station - 8am until 5pm

  • Saturday 21 September - Carlisle Railway Station - 8am until 5pm

  • Friday 27 September - The Lanes Shopping Centre - 9am until 5pm

  • Saturday 28 September - The Lanes Shopping Centre - 9am until 5pm