Latest Rail News

28.11.14

Lake District line to be electrified

The 10-mile line between Oxenholme and Windermere in the Lake District is to be electrified.

Transport minister Baroness Kramer confirmed £16m of funding for the project, which will be carried out by Network Rail as part of its electrification programme across the north.

The branch line, which runs between Oxenholme Lake District station on the West Coast Main Line and terminates at Windermere station in the National Park, will be upgraded to allow faster, greener and more reliable electric trains to run on the route. Once completed, the line will form part of a direct electrified route between key destinations in the region, including Kendal, Burneside and Staveley, and Manchester.

Baroness Kramer said: “Electrifying this key rail link will support the vital tourism industry in the area, and help us build a stronger economy in the Lake District and beyond.

“We are committed to building a world-class rail network. Over the next five years, more than £38bn will be spent on improving and running the system, with schemes like this helping to provide better services for passengers across the UK.”

Network Rail will now develop a detailed plan for the work, which could be completed as early as 2017. The National Park environment and the value of visitors using the railway will be taken into account as the work in the Lake District is carried out, the DfT said.

David Golding, strategic planner at Network Rail, said: “Confirmation of this funding is great news and will support the retention of direct services between Manchester to Windermere, as the rest of the route is electrified. Once complete, electrification will enable a faster, more reliable rail service. This is part of a wider investment by Network Rail in the electrification of key routes between towns and cities across the north of England.”

(Image: Oxenholme Lake District station c. mattbuck)

Tell us what you think – have your say below or email opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

Comments

Andrew Gwilt   28/11/2014 at 11:36

If plans to electrify the Lake District line with AC 25kv Overhead then it would recommend having couple Class 321's or Class 317's cascaded from Abellio GA to be used betweeen Oxenholme Lake District and Windermere stations.

Pedr Jarvis   28/11/2014 at 16:31

Surely the thing to do is to have a through service from Windermere to some place where people might want to go, such as Lancaster or Preston; I see Manchester is mentioned. That would encourage some local traffic, instead of just the long-distance folk freezing at Oxenholme. Once upon a time, you could go quite a long way directly from Windermere, but those days are gone and so has the station.

Henry Law   28/11/2014 at 23:09

The headline gave the impression that this was something to do with the District Line. It conjures up the picture of D78 stock on the newly electrified routes.

Gabriel Oaks   01/12/2014 at 16:51

Electrification will be a welcome step in opening up Windermere and the area to long distance journeys. For example, why stop at Manchester when a service could serve its airport too (nothing new here)? To electrify the branch to only operate it as as a simple shuttle from Oxenholme or Lancaster would not give the Windermere area the service it deserves. In planning this electrification have other questions been asked in respect of is the the right time to consider whether there is a case for reinstatement of the passing loop at Burneside (service reliabiity /future capacity) and /or is there any demand for say, Windermere to Carlisle services (with suitable reveral connections at Oxenholme)? Indeed could Oxenhome be better served by such local services rather than stopping so many high-speed services? Probably not but it would be interesting to learn if such ideas have been considered.

Peter Relf   02/12/2014 at 00:52

Instead of a commitment to yet more road building, the Government should be embarking on a programme to reinstate many of the rail lines closed under the infamous Beeching axe, including Penrith to Keswick.

Add your comment

 

related

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21/09/2018Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman... more >
Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21/09/2018Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun on the plans, developed b... more >
Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21/09/2018Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete roll-out by the end of the ... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >
Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >
Thameslink: Nearing the end of the line

23/01/2018Thameslink: Nearing the end of the line

RTM’s Josh Mines catches up with Mark Somers, project director for Thameslink, on how the final stages of the programme are progressing and... more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. ... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Eve... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >