MP for Carlisle John Stevenson is backing former city MP Eric Martlew’s proposal that part of Carlisle Train Station be named Elizabeth Square in honour of Her Majesty the Queen.
“There are many things that Eric and I perhaps don’t see eye to eye on – but we are both proud of Carlisle as a railway city, and it seems perfectly right to me that as upgrades are made on the station, we celebrate this by honouring our longest reigning monarch.
At the moment it is proposed that the refurbished area around Platform 1 be named George Square – but I think Eric is right that naming it after Her Majesty will have much more resonance with the people of Carlisle, as well as those from across the country, and indeed the world, who will be travelling to and through this important station.”
As part of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal, £20 million of funding has been allocated for the Carlisle Station Gateway project. Cumbria County Council in joint partnership with Carlisle City Council, Network Rail, and Avanti West Coast have developed designs for the station, and a third consultation is now live.
Eric Martlew was MP for Carlisle from 1987-2010 and John Stevenson has been MP since 2010, together representing the city for more than 34 years.
More information on the station plans and consultation can be found here: https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/CSGCC/default.asp