Network Rail was this week scrambling to build a new temporary railway station for cut-off residents of flood-torn Workington in Cumbria.
It said that it intended to begin construction on Tuesday night and would construct a two platform station, linked by a footbridge, with lighting, a waiting room and a gravel car park. The operator vowed to have the facility built and open by the weekend.
The town has been split in half following flood damage to the footbridges and road bridges in the area.
Aerial surveys helped to identify possible sites before the operator settled on an area of wasteland 800m north of the existing station, off the A596 and on the north side of the River Derwent. Network Rail then came to an agreement to lease the site from Allerdale Borough Council for two years.
“We have a wealth of experience and engineering expertise that we felt should be put at the disposal of the Cumbrian authorities.”
Robin Gisby, Network Rail
“We have a wealth of experience and engineering expertise that we felt should be put at the disposal of the Cumbrian authorities,” said Network Rail director operations and customer services Robin Gisby. “Our people will work round the clock to build a temporary rail station to help reconnect the town and ease people’s travel problems.”
One option for Network Rail could be to deploy an innovative new modular railway station it has been investigating and testing with Dean & Dyball Rail.
In addition, Network Rail said it was working with local operator Northern Rail to bolster services by adding carriages where possible.
The operator has also asked the council to work the station into local bus routes.