The Keswick to Penrith Railway Project has a design package ready, completed environmental impact assessments and a business case proved. CKP Railways PLC, who developed the Railway Project, are not asking Cumbria County Council to pay for the railway or to manage it. CKP and its partners have the knowledge and skills to finish the job. Potential private funders exist but need political certainty that the Project can go ahead. Independent, private, funding like this would not divert money from vital needs such as health or education.
National Government is the body to authorise construction of the Railway, but only if it is shown as a local need – listed in the Local Transport Plan. All the County Council has to do to allow the Keswick to Penrith Railway to proceed is to write supportive policies, vote them into force, publish them, sit back and wait. As one of CKP’s supporters put it “why would the authorities refuse a gift of free infrastructure?”
The Lake District National Park Authority has protected the route and included the Railway in core policies. MPs at both ends of the route have shown interest.
Now the County Council must speak up.
Cumbria County Council helped found Rail North – nearly 30 Local Authorities guiding railway development across the north of England. Rail North knows about the CKP Project (apparently they consider it a “no brainer”) but can not help until Cumbria County Council endorses it.
A new railway would bring economic, social and environmental benefits to the North Lakes, Penrith and Eden. It would potentially kick start other railway projects with new east-west train services to Cumbria and improve connections to the Cumbrian Coast.
This ePetition ran from 12/05/2017 to 13/03/2018 and has now finished.
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