Dated 22.05.20

Please see below some information and images from Network Rail regarding the work which is nearing completion on the Cumbrian Coast route. The line is still on track to be handed back on 29th May with Northern services recommencing along the full Barrow-Carlisle route from Monday 1st June.

Extensive work has been undertaken on the sea wall defences and track by Works Delivery, DU, Structures staff and sub-contractors including:

∙ Demolition of CBC2 9 and the damaged section of Sea Wall

∙ Install new underpass utilising precast concrete box units;

∙ Reconstruct Sea Wall utilising pre cast concrete components where feasible

∙ Reinstate Track Formation to a point where SLW on the Up Side can be offered to Northern in advance of substantial completion;

∙ Complete all works trackside and offer both roads to traffic;

∙ Complete all works outside of railway boundary (Landward Side and Seaward Side);

This is now coming to an end and a hand-back date of Friday 29th May has been given by the teams involved in the work.

A final “walk-through” will take place on 26th May with a route-proving loco arranged to run on 27th May and any subsequent time will be spent snagging and tidying prior to re-opening the line on 29th May.

Tuesday 5 May 2020

Storm damaged Cumbrian Coast line set to reopen in one month

Region & Route: London North WesternNorth West Central

Repairs will soon be complete on a section of the Cumbrian Coast line left badly damaged by three consecutive storms earlier this year.

High tides, strong winds and heavy rain brought by Storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge caused structural damage to a bridge carrying the railway at Parton.

Both lines have been closed since March so the bridge could be completely replaced to make the railway safe and reliable again.

Phil James, route director for Network Rail’s North West route, said: “Repairs at Parton are progressing well, and I look forward to the whole of the Cumbrian Coast line – a key passenger and freight route being open to services once more.

“I’m especially impressed that our teams have been able to undertake all of this work while following social distancing guidelines introduced by government.

“It demonstrates just how well we can work together, even in such testing times.”

To coincide with the full railway closure work on sea defences scheduled for later this year has been brought forward.

More than 36,000 tonnes of rock armour is being placed to protect the railway from being pounded by powerful waves.

The large boulders, sourced from a Cumbrian quarry, will better protect the exposed section of coastal railway and mean more reliable journeys for passengers and freight in the future.

Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, said: “This has been a really difficult time for our customers in Cumbria and I’d like to say thank you for their patience and understanding while the repairs have been carried out.

“I’m also grateful to Network Rail for the hard work and dedication which will soon see rail services restored. We have worked closely together throughout this project which has not only repaired the damage, but also delivered improvements that will benefit local people.”

Dr Steve Curl, transport and infrastructure lead at Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We’re very pleased to see the progress being made on the Cumbrian Coast line and look forward to the full resumption of services.

“It’s encouraging to note the way that continued safe working has been carried out in recent weeks as the line is a key part of Cumbria’s strategic infrastructure and will have a significant role to play in the county’s recovery post-Covid 19.

“Cumbria LEP has long recognised its importance, reflected in the fact that we provided 10 per cent of the required funding for an Outline Business Case study that will hopefully lead to increased speed, resilience and capacity on the line in the future.”

Network Rail’s repair work at Parton is due to complete by the end of May, when train services will resume between Whitehaven and Workington.

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 work 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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See here for further updates.

Our internal delivery teams have developed a programme of work to repair the bridge and sea wall and are currently on schedule to reopen the line to train services by June 2020. Just this past weekend, the team completed a major step in rebuilding the damaged structure, pouring the concrete required for the floor of the new sea wall.

We’re making the most of this time on site by bringing forward a project to install additional rock armour on this part of the sea wall, which had been scheduled for later this year. We’re also extending the scope of this scheme to install armour on a longer stretch of the wall, which will protect a wider stretch of the railway over the coming years.

A bespoke web page around work at Parton will be available to view from the Network Rail website this week.

Regular updates will be posted on this page as work progresses. Please also find attached some photographs from site of work taking place over the last weekend.

You can also follow our new Twitter feed @NetworkRailLC for the latest operational updates on work at Parton, as well as elsewhere in Lancashire and Cumbria.

Although we’re looking to have train services in operation across the Cumbrian Coast line by June, it is worth mentioning that passenger behaviour will likely continue to be affected by guidelines in place due to the ongoing pandemic. With this in mind, please note that timetables for Northern services may be subject to change after Sunday 26 May. When journeys are able to be made safely, passengers are advised to check before travelling at or with their train operator.



Warren Birch

Community Rail Partnership Officer