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15 December 2015

Cumbria welcomes new rail franchises announcement

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Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member responsible for transport has welcomed the announcement of the rail companies to run the Northern and TransPennine franchises from April 2016.

The DfT has awarded the Northern franchise to Arriva Rail North Ltd while the TransPennine franchise has gone to First Group.

Councillor Keith Little, the lead member for Cumbria’s authority responsible for passenger transport, said the county council is keen to work with the new franchisees to secure much-needed investment in Cumbria’s railways.

Cllr Little said: “Cumbria has a key role in the government’s Northern Powerhouse project and it’s vitally important that we secure investment in the county’s railways to support economic growth and ensure we’re fully connected to the rest of the region. We will be pressing hard for this to happen as soon as possible to transform the current second-class rail services Cumbria has been forced to live with through years of under-funding.”

Improvements to railways in Cumbria are required to help unlock and support billions of pounds worth of investment and economic growth coming to Cumbria in the coming years. Improvements to be rolled out under the new franchises will include:

  • Infrastructure and operational improvements to both the Cumbrian Coast Line and Furness Line. This includes a new Sunday service along the full length of the Cumbrian Coast Line between Carlisle and Barrow from December 2017, and a link between the Port of Workington and Moorside by 2018.

  • Additional freight and passenger capacity on the West Coast Main Line, in particular Carlisle Station.

  • Improved connections between Manchester Airport and Cumbria.

  • mprovements to train stations and rolling stock in Cumbria.

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Cumbria County Council�s Cabinet member responsible for transport has welcomed the announcement of the rail companies to run the Northern and TransPennine franchises from April 2016.