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Electrification for Lake District route

Words: Laura Edgar

Transport minister Baroness Kramer has announced £16 million of funding to electrify the Windermere branch line in the Lake District.

The 10-miles West Coast main line, running from Oxenholme Lake District station and Windermere station in the National Park, will be electrified to improve services.

The line will be part of an electrified route that will support vital tourism, running between key destinations including Manchester, Kendal and Burneside.

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

The work will be carried out by Network Rail and it will now begin work on a detailed plan, taking into account the National Park environment.

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.”

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