The exciting plans to transform and regenerate Carlisle Railway Station and the surrounding area with £20m of Government funding from the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal have accelerated this week.
This is one of the first projects within the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal to have funding approved and not only will the investment transform the station, but it also will strengthen the strategic connectivity of Carlisle and the wider Borderlands region.
The proposed redevelopment will improve the station environment and surrounding area including the partial pedestrianisation of Court Square with improved connectivity to the city centre, and improvements to the space for passengers to enter and exit the station with easy access to ticket purchasing facilities.
The undercroft will also be enhanced to provide a secure and welcoming entrance to the station from the South. Secure cycle parking, an improved historic entrance from the north, and more modern passenger facilities.
A new southern entrance and car parking facility will be created, including disabled and electric bays. Coach services, rail replacement services and pick-up and drop-off points will also be relocated to the southern side of the station. Junction improvements will also take place at Victoria Viaduct / James Street, Water Street, Crown Street and Court Square Brow to improve pedestrian access to the station.
The project is being developed jointly by Cumbria County Council and Carlisle City Council working with Avanti, Network Rail and Cumbria LEP as key partners.
Commenting John said, “I am delighted to see the redevelopment of our beautiful railway station moving forward. It is central to the regeneration of our city centre and will safeguard our heritage and make a more attractive gateway for visitors, commuters and residents. This will help the city to grow and provide a very welcome boost to our local economy. This is a very exciting time for Carlisle.”