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New rail shuttle service reconnects Workington

A new rail shuttle service was launched in Workington on Monday reconnecting the north and south of the Cumbrian town after floods stranded residents.

The free service began after Network Rail finished building a temporary railway station in north Workington − north of the River Derwent − in six days.

The new station is a scaffold structure comprising two platforms linked by a footbridge with lighting. The station was built on wasteland next to the A596, 800m north of the existing station. There is also a gravel car park, which is expected to be extended following popular take up of the service on its first day.

The shuttle train will have three carriages and is operated by Cumbrian rail company DRS on behalf of Northern Rail. The service will run on weekdays.

Northern Rail managing director Heidi Mottram said: “[With this service] we are now moving hundreds of people who were having difficulty getting around and getting to their jobs.”

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  • Congratulations to both Network Rail in the construction and provision of the new Workington North Station in so short a time, and to Northern Rail in the introduction of an enhanced service.

    The fact that the train is free at the moment cannot do Northern Rail any harm at all as when the locals want to travel further they will think about using the train, rather than the car.

    The press has been said in the past that Network Rail never does anything quickly, at Workington they have totally killed that argument.

    Allan

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