The new £1.2m transport hub at Maryport Railway Station was officially opened yesterday. The County Council delivered the scheme and Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership funded the project, which involved the creation of a new 78-space car park at Mealpot Road on land previously owned by Maryport Rugby League Club. Community Rail Cumbria (CRP) also played a key role in supporting the coordination and planning of the hub.
The hub scheme has also enabled the CRP to secure funding to refurbish the station platform and grounds at Maryport. These works include clearing garden areas, a second shelter as well as new lighting and extra CCTV.
Community Rail Cumbria has also been working on a community project which is an integral part of the regeneration of Maryport railway station, involving a wide variety of stakeholders. The project will have an authentic Roman ‘theme’ capturing the importance of Maryport’s Roman history in a modern rail-based setting. The aim will be to encourage further rail exploration of Roman history on the Cumbrian Coast and Tyne Valley Line and provide an on-platform educational experience for children.