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Old December 7th, 2010, 06:34 PM   #1
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Cumbria (inc. Carlisle) - TRANSPORT / ROADS etc, issues and developments

Great North Western Railway

GNWR is seeking to introduce new train services on the West Coast Main Line (WCML) between London Euston and North West stations into West Yorkshire, London Euston to Carlisle via the Cumbrian Coast, and London Euston to Blackpool.

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Services outlined are planned to start in late 2013 following the introduction of new rolling stock, and the considerable task of negotiating acceptance of the proposals through the industry’s mechanisms is currently being udertaken.

GNWR recognises the importance that passengers place on direct services, value for money, reliability, quality and comfort, and will ensure its proposals are fully developed in association with future passengers and stakeholders.



Recent evidence has shown that new operators offering a simple to understand package give confidence and clarity on ticket purchase, and whilst GNWR accepts that it will not always be the cheapest option, there will be a transparent consistency in its pricing. The fact that there will also be choice for passengers is a major benefit and helps direct operator focus to the quality of their own service delivery.

The WCML has seen a considerable amount of investment during the recent upgrade and the current operator offers a high quality and high frequency timetable. However, many important and influential towns and cities do not enjoy such a service. GNWR intends to directly link not only those towns and cities with London, but also with each other.

Alliance is also working with Network Rail and other interested parties on the provision of improved facilities at a number of geographically important locations to make these stations safer and more accessible to support the challenge of changing travel patterns, particularly in encouraging car drivers to travel by train.


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Old June 15th, 2011, 06:50 PM   #2
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Carlisle's damaged Millennium Bridge closed
Cumberland News, Tuesday 14 June 2011


Rusty metalwork on the bridge

The Irishgate Bridge across Castle Way in Carlisle has been shut until further notice after an inspection found damage to the structure.

The £750,000 footbridge - known locally as the Millennium Bridge - has been plagued by gremlins since it opened in 2000.

It follows the line of the city wall, providing a link across the busy dual carriageway from the city centre to Carlisle Castle and Bitts Park.

The city council is advising pedestrians to use subways at Tullie House or Hardwicke Circus, or the pelican crossing by the former Globe pub, while the bridge is out of action.

A spokesman said: “We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank the public for their understanding.”

The 110ft-long curved bridge weighs 60 tonnes, is finished in white and features a 60ft-high steel mast from which load-bearing cables span out.

The Civic Trust branded it too modern and out of character and argued it was not needed.


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Old June 20th, 2011, 10:13 AM   #3
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It was never a great design. The lift for disabled people was apparently vandalised almost immediately after the bridge was opened. In contrast, Tullie House subway mentioned in the report is no ordinary subway. It is effectively a part of the Tullie House museum:

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Old September 1st, 2011, 10:27 AM   #4
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Stobart Group hits back at Carlisle Airport critics
News and Star, Wednesday 31 August 2011


Stobart Group has hit back at consultants’ claims that Carlisle Airport is unlikely to sustain passenger flights and air freight. The transport company has tabled documents with Carlisle City Council outlining proposals for regular passenger flights to London Southend, Belfast and Dublin.

It says less frequent flights could operate to Inverness, Cardiff, Bristol, Southampton, Exeter, the Isle of Man and Channel Islands, and possibly European destinations. Stobart also claims that Carlisle can become an air-freight hub for Tesco, flying in perishable goods from Spain and Holland for delivery to supermarkets across northern Britain.

Stobart has said previously that 679 jobs in Cumbria would be at risk if the airport scheme is blocked. It says it “remains hopeful” that Carlisle City Council will approve its planning application for Carlisle Airport.

The earliest the application can go before councillors is September 30.


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Proposals for southern Carlisle bypass drawn up
By Julian Whittle, Cumberland News, 2nd March 2012


Proposals are being drawn up for a southern bypass that could give Carlisle a complete ring road around the city.

Mike MitchelsonCity council leader Mike Mitchelson says a link between M6 junction 42 at the Golden Fleece to the A595 at Newby West would complement the M6 and recently-opened Carlisle Northern Development Route (CNDR).

His draft route heads southwest from junction 42, skirting south of Durdar, then northwest across the River Caldew and the Cumbrian coastal railway to the start of the CNDR.

Mr Mitchelson said: “We need to start planning now. It has taken 27 years to get the CNDR open so we need be thinking now about how we get the next one.”

Roads are the responsibility of Cumbria County Council. But Mr Mitchelson believes the city council holds the key to a southern relief in its role as planning authority.


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Old June 18th, 2012, 06:17 PM   #6
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Future of Carlisle Airport to be decided in July
By Julian Whittle, News & Star, Monday, 18 June 2012


The future of Carlisle Airport should be decided at a special city council planning meeting next month. Stobart Group wants to build a 394,000sq ft freight distribution centre and to resurface the runway for scheduled passenger flights and airfreight. Its planning application was to have been heard last July but was delayed at Stobart’s request.

The company asked for time to challenge findings from the council’s aviation consultants that passenger flights would not be “commercially viable” and there was “very little potential” for air freight. Planning officers were advising councillors to refuse the application on the grounds that “the distribution centre appears to be primarily for road haulage rather than airport related”.

A new date was set of June 8 this year only for Stobart to ask for another postponement so it could respond to further comments from the consultants, Alan Stratford Associates. The meeting is now scheduled to take place on July 8.


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Old September 9th, 2012, 03:04 PM   #7
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People moan about bus services in the North East, but those operated by Stagecoach in Cumbria are hopeless. None of the stops outside the town centres have timetables, so it's a case of guesswork, the services are slow and unreliable and many of the drivers are ignorant. This is a poor substitute for the sadly missed Cumberland Motor Services.
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I use the buses regularly as generally they are reliable, clean and offer reasonable value for money. I won't use the Metro as it is shabby, unreliable and offers very poor value for money. Nor will I use trains for the same reasons.

If I have to go any distance for a few days it's cheaper to hire a car and in some cases, to even fly. That speaks volumes really!
Just as well you don't live in Cumbria where the Stagecoach services are haphazard, most stops don't even have timetables, and expensive. It's a shame they took over Cumberland as this was a far better operator.
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Old July 28th, 2013, 07:26 PM   #9
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Just as well you don't live in Cumbria where the Stagecoach services are haphazard, most stops don't even have timetables, and expensive. It's a shame they took over Cumberland as this was a far better operator.
I can only comment on where I live of course. When I lived in a small Norfolk village out in the sticks it was pretty much as you describe. Appalling bus operator and the bus that came through the village was always the first drop if another broke down.

As much as I loved living in the countryside there were large disadvantages to it if you don't have your own transport.
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Old July 28th, 2013, 08:00 PM   #10
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I can only comment on where I live of course. When I lived in a small Norfolk village out in the sticks it was pretty much as you describe. Appalling bus operator and the bus that came through the village was always the first drop if another broke down.

As much as I loved living in the countryside there were large disadvantages to it if you don't have your own transport.
Stageccoach are a poorer replacement for Cumberland. The standard of driving seems worse, services are dire after 5.30 and on Sundays, and the drivers aren't as pleasant as in the past. Whitehaven is reasonably well served, but a bus that ran every 15 minutes now runs every 30.
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Oxenholme- Windermere line to be electrified by 2016:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-23636085

Oxenholme to Windermere railway could be electrified

The county council has welcomed the plan for greener trains
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Electric trains could soon be running on a route in the Lake District, the Transport Secretary has announced.
Patrick McLoughlin said he wanted to electrify the 10-mile Lakes Line Railway between Oxenholme and Windermere at a cost of £16m.
He said electrifying the route would enable faster and greener travel between Kendal, Burneside and Staveley, as well as to Manchester, by 2016.
He revealed his plans during a visit the county.
Cumbria Council welcomed Mr McLoughlin's plan and said it would bring environmental and economic boosts to the county.
The government has asked Network Rail to draw up a full business case for the scheme.
'Economic case'
Mr McLoughlin said: "This is a key line to one of the most important tourist areas in the UK and I believe the rail industry has a role in making sure more people can travel comfortably to enjoy the beautiful lakes.
"I recognise that strong rail links across the country are important drivers in our economic recovery, that is why we are pushing ahead with the biggest programmes of rail electrification ever."
Councillor Jo Stephenson, deputy leader of the county council, said: "I'm delighted the government has recognised there is a strong economic and environmental case for electrifying the Lakes Line.
"Not only will it bring newer trains for passengers, but it will also strengthen our case for maintaining and improving direct services from Manchester Airport to Windermere."
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I am glad this important tourist line shown above is being electrified as non electric routes in the county are slow. As Oxenholem- Windermere is part of the Transpennine network, the next logical step would be for Barrow to Carnforth to be electrified.
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Major facelift for Carlisle Railway Station
By Victoria Brenan, News & Star, 1st October 2013


Carlisle Railway Station and Station Manager Paul Nairn

Carlisle Railway Station is in line for a near £2 million makeover with new lifts and a disused subway brought back to life. The £1.8m programme will begin this autumn as part of an Access for All scheme, funded by the Department for Transport.

Two goods lifts will be refurbished and a disused subway underneath the platforms will be restored to link the lifts up. Work will include restoring sandstone and brickwork, creating a new fire escape and lighting and CCTV. It comes after rail bosses identified “significant issues” for passengers crossing the footbridge between platforms one and three.

Station manager Paul Nairn said the footbridge could cause problems for people with mobility issues, children, or those with a lot of luggage. “The new lifts and subway will provide a much smoother experience for them and we’re really excited that work to install them is going ahead,” he said. “With the tremendous growth in passenger numbers we’ve seen at Carlisle station, this work to improve access and ensure the journey to the train is hassle-free is vital.”


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A massive eyesore in Whitehaven finally goes after standing empty for 12 years.

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Demolition work at bus station

Last updated at 13:57, Thursday, 30 January 2014

DEMOLITION work is sEt to start this weekend on Whitehaven’s former bus station.
John Groves, Copeland Council’s head of nuclear, energy and planning, told The Whitehaven News this week: “We have met with the bus station’s owners and Highways representatives and some demolition of the lower workshop on Wellington Row will take place this weekend.
“Our building control staff consider that some work needs to be done now to keep the buildings safe.”
The owner’s representatives are working with Highways to agree arrangements to continue the demolition following this emergency work.
Special planning consent was granted in September for the demolition because it falls in Whitehaven’s Conservation Area and the art-deco building is said to be architecturally significant. Steps will be taken to retain as much of the structure as possible, particularly the boundary walls.
First published at 11:17, Thursday, 30 January 2014
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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What a farce. It should never have been closed in the first place.
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What a farce. It should never have been closed in the first place.
It was a bad decision and has led to huge congestion on Duke St which is a second rate replacement.
Actually there was a plan a few years ago to demolish the dismal looking railway station and build a transport interchange next to Tesco. However, this being Copeland, it never got off the ground.
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Can you pay on the train from Newcastle to Carlisle?
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Can you pay on the train from Newcastle to Carlisle?
You will need a ticket to access Newcastle Central Station as it has barriers, but from other stations, you can pay on the train and going the other way from Carlisle, which is still open, you can get on the train and buy a ticket, although this is frowned on.
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You will need a ticket to access Newcastle Central Station as it has barriers, but from other stations, you can pay on the train and going the other way from Carlisle, which is still open, you can get on the train and buy a ticket, although this is frowned on.
Thanks. I totally forgot about the barriers. Can I buy a ticket from a machine at the Central Station?
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Yes, or from the ticket office if it's open. In the evening when the barriers are unmanned and therefore open, lots of people buy their tickets on the train - but strictly speaking you aren't supposed to.
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