Workington residents have been buoyed by the news that Network Rail is to build a temporary station on the north side of the River Derwent to reconnect the two halves of the flood-stricken town.
Network Rail will commence work on the site, to be built on wasteland about half a mile from the current station, on Wednesday - with bosses hoping the project will be finished by the end of the week.
All Northern Rail services travelling north and south of the present station will stop at the new site, Workington North, which will have a ticket office, waiting room and gravel car park.
NR operations and customer services director Robin Gisby said: “We have a wealth of experience and engineering expertise that we felt should be put at the disposal of the Cumbrian authorities.
“Our people will work round the clock on this project.”