Storm damaged Cumbrian Coast line set to reopen in one month

Repairs on the railway at Parton will soon be complete on a section of the Cumbrian Coast line that had been badly damaged by three consecutive storms earlier in the year.

Both lines have been closed since March so the bridge could be completely replaced to make the railway, vital in moving passengers and freight around the region, safe and reliable again. The work has been done while Network Rail teams followed the social distancing guidelines introduced by Government.

To coincide with the full railway closure work, on sea defences scheduled for later this year have been brought forward. More than 36,000 tonnes of rock armour is being placed to protect the railway from being damaged by powerful waves.

Services will resume between Whitehaven and Workington once the work is completed at the end of May. However, a reduced timetable is currently in operation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Later in June, the line between Millom and Sellafield will be closed for 9 days due to work planned to renew the track at Eskmeals, near Ravenglass for Eskdale station. Passengers should continue following Government guidelines around the use of public transport, and only travel if they have to. People making such journeys should visit for the latest information.

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