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22 September 2021

Public invited to have their say on the latest plans for Carlisle Railway Station and surrounding area

Local residents, businesses, commuters and visitors are being given the opportunity to have their say on ambitious new plans for Carlisle Railway Station and its surrounding area. The public consultation opens today (Wednesday 22 September) until Wednesday 3 November 2021.

Cumbria County Council in partnership with Carlisle City Council, Network Rail, Avanti West Coast Cumbria LEP as key partners have secured £20 million of funding through the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal for improvements to Carlisle Railway Station. This will strengthen Carlisle’s position in the national rail network, improving connectivity to, from and within the Borderlands region and future-proof the station for accommodating future HS2 services.

Following previous consultations (September - October 2019 and January 2020 - February 2020) the following key improvements have been identified:

  • Court Square - Partial pedestrianisation of Court Square and improved pedestrian connections to and from the station.
  • Station Interior - Enhancements to the Court Square access, improved facilities for customers and an upgraded and welcoming entrance from George Square.
  • George Square (station entrance from James Street) - Public car parking being relocated to George Square to reduce the vehicular traffic at Court Square together with drop-off and bus replacement services.
  • Sustainable Transport and Junction Improvements - A focus on improving pedestrian and cycle connectivity.

People are being asked to give their feedback and views on the initial designs of the improvements (set out above) before formal approvals and consents are submitted. The first phase of work is expected to start in Summer 2022.

From today, people can see the design options and have their say online at www.cumbria.gov.uk/CSGC or in-person by visiting the venues below where members of the project team will be available to chat and listen to feedback:

  • Friday 8 October between 8am and 5pm at Carlisle Railway Station
  • Saturday 9 October between 10am and 4pm at Carlisle Railway Station
  • Friday 15 and Saturday 16 October between 10am and 4pm each day at The Lanes Shopping Centre

A display will also be in place throughout the consultation in Carlisle Railway Station.

Councillor Stewart Young, Leader of Cumbria County Council and Borderlands Partnership co-chair, said:

“Our plans to improve Carlisle Railway Station have progressed really well, with feedback being taken on board from the previous two public consultations to get to where we are now. We’re now looking for people’s views on the updated plans to make sure we have a scheme that meets the needs of the station's users, as well as enhancing the attractiveness of the station as the gateway to Carlisle city centre and the wider Borderlands area.”

“Bringing this exciting development forward also aligns with the Council’s objectives for green recovery by encouraging more people to make use of public transport.”

Councillor John Mallinson, Leader of Carlisle City Council, added:

“Public engagement is key to the development of the Carlisle Station Gateway project. Previous consultations have been well received and the feedback has helped formulate the scheme’s details. This new consultation will look at the next steps and will provide more detail on the proposals.

“We urge residents, businesses and commuters to get involved and have their say.”

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle, said:

“I am delighted that £20 million of Government funding has been secured for improvements to Carlisle station and the surrounding area, through the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal. It’s one of the first projects to have funding approved by Treasury and this will now move forward into the delivery phase.

“Ultimately, this will strengthen Carlisle’s position in the national rail network, improving connectivity and making Carlisle the gateway to the Borderlands region as well as future-proofing the station in order to accommodate future HS2 services. The consultation on the future plans opens today until Wednesday 3 November and I would encourage all Carlisle residents to have your say.”

Lord Inglewood, Chair of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership and member of the Borderlands Economic Forum,said:

“Cumbria LEP was delighted to have contributed a £100,000 grant from our Capital Development Fund to support the redevelopment of a major gateway into the Cumbrian and Borderlands geography and deliver significant physical improvements to the area around the station.

“The redevelopment will redefine the passenger and visitor experience and that’s why it’s really important that members of the public and business community continue to contribute and make their views known as the project moves forward. I would really encourage our businesses and residents to once again have their say.”

Carlisle Railway Station is a key part of the national rail network and accommodates more than two million passengers every year, acting as a major interchange for the entire Borderlands region and providing access to branch-line services from the West Coast Mainline to the Cumbrian Coast, Tyne Valley, Settle to Carlisle and Glasgow and South Western lines.

Matthew Worman, Regional Growth Manager at Avanti West Coast, said:

“With the Carlisle Station Gateway Project designed to transform the station and put it firmly on the map as a hub for people arriving to the city and Borderlands region by train, we want to make sure it meets the needs of the communities we serve.


“We’re encouraging customers and the local community to have their say about the updated plans at the consultation events in October, so all partners can progress the improvements identified as part of this exciting project.”  

Rory Kingdon, senior sponsor at Network Rail, added:

“The regeneration of this strategic transport hub on West Coast main line will not only enhance passengers’ travelling experiences, but it will also give businesses the confidence to invest in the area. This is why we welcome the £20m funding from Government and Cumbria’s local government partners to prepare this historic station for HS2 for the knock-on economic benefits it will bring.”

This is one of the first projects within the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal to have funding approved to move forward into the delivery phase. Not only will the investment transform the station, but it also will strengthen the strategic connectivity to Carlisle and to the wider Borderlands region

Story Contracting and Eric Wright Civil Engineering were appointed in June 2021 for design and build elements of redevelopment works.

Find out more at www.cumbria.gov.uk/CSGC.

Artist impression of Court Square 

Artist impression of new George Square 

Local residents, businesses, commuters and visitors are being given the opportunity to have their say on ambitious new plans for Carlisle Railway Station and its surrounding area.