The Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer, says the electrification of the Windermere rail line is 'absolutely crucial.'
She was speaking after announcing the £16m investment, at Windermere station.
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 for the first time.
She says it is vital for visitors and locals to improve the links to Manchester Airport.
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