Carlisle station to benefit from £14m investment: Carlisle Aerial View

Tuesday 24 Nov 2015

Carlisle station to benefit from £14m investment

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| North West & Central

Network Rail is to spend £14.7m replacing the roof of Carlisle station and rebuilding all eight platforms.

Delivered as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan, the money will significantly extend the life of the station’s roof, which dates back to 1847, as well as reducing the amount of future maintenance. The platforms will be safer for passengers with tactile paving marking their edges and new surfaces throughout.

The new roof will make platform areas brighter and more pleasant. It will be made of ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene), the same material used on the roofs of the new Manchester Victoria and Birmingham New Street stations.

Network Rail has worked closely with Historic England the local authority (which is Carlisle City Council) to plan the refurbishment while protecting the station’s listed building status. Virgin Trains, which operates the station, has been consulted throughout to accommodate the work with the minimum amount of impact on passengers. No train services will be affected and all areas of work will take place in safely hoarded areas.

Terry Strickland, area director for Network Rail, said: “Carlisle station is impressive and historic but its large roof is showing its age and is in need of significant repair. This investment, part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, will protect it for decades to come. Together with the improved platforms, the station’s environment will be much more pleasant for passengers and provide them with a better start or end to their journeys.”

Michael Byrne of Virgin Trains, who is the Carlisle station manager, said: “Virgin Trains are really pleased work will soon take place to transform the roof and platforms at Carlisle station. Working in partnership with Network Rail, we will do our best to ensure customers’ journeys through the station are not affected, whilst the improvements are made. We can’t wait to see the finished results and are sure that it will enhance our customers’ experience.”

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle, said: “I am delighted that this investment is being made by Network Rail in our station. Carlisle railway station is an iconic building in the city and I am pleased that it will undergo a refurbishment which will not only upgrade the appearance of the inside of the station but make rail travel safer for passengers.”

Work will start on site on 30 November and the roof refurbishment will take up to 15 months to complete. Work on the platforms will start once the roof is finished and is due to be completed in February 2018.

While the roof is being replaced a full scaffold ‘crash-deck’ will be installed which will reduce the amount of natural light in the station but allow the works to be carried out safely. Temporary lighting will be used throughout the work.

A total of £9.5m will be spent on the roof upgrade and £5.2m on the platform work. For further information contact Network Rail’s national helpline on 03457 114 141 visit

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