South Lakes MP, Tim Farron, says the announcement of a £16m investment to electrify the Windermere rail line will boost tourism and attract new businesses to the area.
The Government's Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer, will be at Windermere station to officially launch the upgrading plan today.
As well as providing faster and more reliable journeys between Windermere and Oxenholme, where the branch lines links up with the West Coast main line, Mr. Farron believes it will help to protect through trains to Manchester Airport.
The MP has been campaigning for the changes, along with the Lakes Line Rail User Group.
"The plan will bring much-needed construction jobs in the shorter term and in the longer term attract new businesses, boost tourism and create a better environment for job creation. I am over the moon that we have been able to make this project a reality."
“This will be a shot in the arm to our tourism industry and means people can have breakfast in London and lunch in Windermere."
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