Sundays 6 January - 10 February
Over six consecutive Sundays from 6 January until 10 February 2019, buses will replace trains between Whitehaven and Millom while the railway is closed for the work. Eight mid-week nights, when trains aren’t running, will also be used to complete the upgrade.
The track will be renewed as part of the Great North Rail Project, which is delivering significant investment to the railway across the North of England.
Upgrading the railway between Silecroft and Bootle in West Cumbria will help provide better and faster journeys, and help remove a temporary speed restriction that’s currently in place on older sections of the track.
Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, said: “The improvement work being carried out by Network Rail is great news for our customers in Cumbria."
“The work also coincides with the planned removal of the old Class 37 locomotives which will be replaced on the Cumbrian Coast with more Class 156 trains."
“During the improvement work we will liaise closely with Network Rail to keep disruption to our customers to an absolute minimum, and I’d like to thank those customers for their continued patience.”
Currently, due to the poor state of the track, a temporary speed restriction is in place between Silescroft and Bootle. To create smoother and faster journeys, as well as installing 5,000 yards of new rail, Network Rail engineers will also replace 8,400 tonnes of railway stone, and 7,870 steel and concrete sleepers.
The timetable for the affected Sundays is available below.