5 minute read – Majority of rail network open for business as usual over August Bank Holiday as railway continues to welcome back passengers

  • Vast majority of the rail network – over 95% – will be open for business as usual over the August Bank Holiday
  • Some routes will be affected by the upgrade works taking place, so passengers should plan ahead
  • The railway expects people to follow government guidance and out of respect for others, wear a face covering in busy indoor settings unless they are exempt

The vast majority of Britain’s rail network (over 95%) will be open for business as usual this coming Bank Holiday as it looks to welcome passengers back and reconnect them with family, friends and their favourite holiday destinations.

With domestic tourism in high demand this summer, Network Rail’s bank holiday engineering work has been planned to minimise disruption to passengers with very few lines, stations and destinations impacted by the £90m investment programme.

Passengers are advised to follow government guidance and wear a face covering in busy indoor settings unless they are exempt. With good ventilation systems on trains, extra cleaning and improved information about quieter times, passengers can continue to travel with confidence.

Andrew Haines, Network Rail chief executive, said: “The railway will be open for business over the August Bank Holiday, so people can reconnect, visit friends and family or take a holiday.

“While some works are taking place, we’ve worked hard to reduce the impact on passengers as far as possible so that they can enjoy and rely on our railway.”

The engineering works that are taking place have been planned months, and in some cases years in advance, and will help us deliver a better and more reliable train service for passengers in future.

Among the major pieces of work being delivered over the August Bank Holiday are:

  • HS2 preparatory works at London Euston to help deliver the enhanced high-speed railway for passengers and boost capacity. An amended timetable will be in place to/from London Euston all weekend, with platforms 12-16 out of use.
  • Track renewals and HS2 works between Water Orton and Nuneaton, and track renewals between Birmingham International and Long Lawford to improve track reliability. This work will impact services in the Birmingham, Nuneaton, Coleshill Parkway and Coventry areas.
  • From London St Pancras to Mill Hill Broadway there will be switches and crossings renewals at Carlton Road Junction, while work will also be under way to help construct the new station at Brent Cross. As a result, there will be no trains running between Luton and London St Pancras over the course of the weekend, and an amended and reduced service will be in operation between Bedford and Mill Hill Broadway.
  • Remodelling works at Bristol East to improve reliability for passengers. Platforms 7 and 9-15 will be out of use at Bristol Temple Meads, with buses replacing trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath, Keynsham and Oldfield Park.
  • Maintenance and enhancement works between Moorgate/Canonbury West and Finsbury Park to improve passenger safety. Moorgate services will be diverted to London King’s Cross between 28-31 August.

Passengers can find out how their journeys will be affected with their train operator, via National Rail Enquiries, or by following #AugustBHWorks on Twitter.

5 minute read – Major bridge reconstruction work starts in Manchester – passengers reminded to check journeys

  • Work to reconstruct and strengthen railway bridges in central Manchester has started and will continue until Sunday 15 August
  • Passengers travelling through Manchester Victoria are being urged to check their journeys at nationalrail.co.uk
  • This work is part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) which will bring faster, more reliable services to passengers travelling between Manchester and York, via Huddersfield and Leeds

Railway engineers have started major upgrade work to completely reconstruct railway bridges on Dantzic Street and Queens Road and strengthen and waterproof Bromley Street and Oldham Road bridges in Manchester.

During the 16-day upgrade programme (31 July – 15 August) there are changes to services between Yorkshire and Manchester. Network Rail, Northern and Transpennine Express have built a plan to keep passengers moving on trains across the Pennines as much as possible.

Some journeys may need to be completed partly by bus, primarily between Rochdale and Manchester Victoria. The latest, state-of-the-art buses will be available to passengers so they can travel in comfort throughout.

Passengers looking to travel over this period are being urged to check nationalrail.co.uk.

Timelapse footage showing steel beams being lifted into place, with the help of a 650-tonne crane at Dantzic Street, has been released by Network Rail. Over 3000m of track is also being upgraded to bring smoother, more reliable journeys.

This work forms part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU), a multi-billion pound, transformative, long-term railway infrastructure programme between York, Leeds and Manchester which will improve connectivity in the North.

Neil Holm, Transpennine Route Upgrade Director for Network Rail, said: “Our improvement work in Greater Manchester is a key part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU), which will enable more trains and faster trains to run between Manchester and York in future.

“This major upgrade includes demolishing ageing railway bridges to install new ones, upgrading track and installing new signals. Though we can’t keep these railway lines open through Manchester Victoria while we do this, we’ve created diversionary routes so passengers can still get in and out of Manchester by train as much as possible.

“Thank you to passengers travelling this summer for your understanding while we deliver these much-needed improvements.”

Tricia Williams, Northern’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “It is welcome news that the railway continues to be invested in and the infrastructure improved upon.

“To complete these initial works there will be some planned changes to our services and our message to customers is very simple – please plan ahead and check your journey before travelling.

“To minimise disruption we will be running state-of-the-art replacement buses, offering clear customer information, including via digital and social channels, and will have more colleagues at stations to provide assistance both before and during the engineering works.”

Kathryn O’Brien, Customer Experience Director for TransPennine Express commented: “We’re delighted to see continued investment in the North of England’s railway as part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade. And with these works this summer, we will see a better, more reliable railway for our customers.

“To complete these engineering works, some of our services will be diverted and customers may have to change trains in Manchester, so we would advise those travelling to check before they travel. To help with those affected, there will be more railway colleagues at stations to help people get to where they need to be.”

5 minute read – Network Rail and Busk In London team up to provide summer of music at London King’s Cross station

Performers at King’s Cross: @John_Clapper @Lucymaywalker

Network Rail and Busk In London have joined forces to create a summer schedule of music for travellers at King’s Cross station.

Running throughout August and September, there will be more than 60 musical performances on a newly installed stage on the concourse in King’s Cross station to help welcome back passengers to the railway following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.

The performances will take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 12:00 and 18:00 until Saturday, 11 September and will showcase the best busking talent which the capital has to offer.

John Clapper performing at King’s Cross

Laura Murphy, King’s Cross station manager for Network Rail, said: “We’re really excited to have partnered with Busk In London to provide free, in-station entertainment for our customers.

“It’s great to see more passengers using the railway following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions and we wanted to put on these events to provide a warm welcome back for all those visiting us this Summer.”

Lucy May Walker performing at King’s Cross

Kate Jones, Programme Director for Busk in London, said: “Busk in London is delighted to be working with King’s Cross station to present a diverse range of high quality performances from artists on the Busk in London scheme.

“After many months of no live music, our artists are thrilled to be back doing what they do best. Whether passengers are arriving or departing or just visiting King’s Cross for the many retail and dining options, our performers will provide a fantastic soundtrack throughout August and September.”

5 minute read – Network Rail gets on board for Samaritans’ Small Talk Saves Lives

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  • As the nation begins to readjust to life with easing restrictions, Network Rail, British Transport Police and the wider rail industry joins charity to empower the public to act if they see someone who needs help by starting a conversation
  • New survey reveals over three quarters of the nation have continued to use small talk with strangers during pandemic restrictions, including connecting with neighbours they hadn’t spoken to before
  • One in five surveyed are more likely to want to make small talk once restrictions have lifted, appreciating the sense of community the pandemic brought out

British reserve may be internationally renowned but a new survey by Samaritans shows how much we rely on small talk as a nation, even with the limiting social restrictions of the pandemic. The findings come as Samaritans launches a new phase of Small Talk Saves Lives this summer, in partnership with Network Rail, British Transport Police and the wider rail industry, to empower the public to act to prevent suicide on the railways and other settings.

The YouGov survey found that over three quarters of UK adults (78%) used small talk during the pandemic, whilst almost one in five of those surveyed say they are likely to want to make more small talk with a stranger face to face once restrictions are lifted (19%).*  Just over half of those who want to make more small talk said it was because they now recognise the importance of human connection (51%) and with 39% of respondents saying they also appreciate the sense of community the pandemic brought out in people. Whilst during pandemic restrictions, people said they made small talk with neighbours they hadn’t spoken to before and with strangers at the supermarket (both 37%).*

Despite the unprecedented events of the last year, the good old British weather still remains the go-to subject for striking up conversation, chosen by 71% of people, compared to coronavirus in second place with 45%.*

After an incredibly tough year and as the nation begins to readjust to life with easing restrictions, the campaign reminds the public they already have the skills to start a conversation with someone who needs help, giving them the confidence to act. By trusting our instincts, if something doesn’t feel right, a little small talk and a simple question, such as “Hello, what’s the time?” can be all it takes to interrupt someone’s suicidal thoughts and help start them on the journey to recovery. It could save a life.

The survey also highlighted the benefits small talk can have, with over half of respondents saying it can make people feel less lonely (57%) and boost their own mental health and wellbeing (45%), as well as showing others that people care and want to help them (28%).*

Network Rail’s Dom Mottram, age 32, knows the importance of small talk after he experienced suicidal thoughts aged 19 and was considering taking his life when a lady approached him and asked him a question – her kindness “snapping him out of harming himself in the moment”. Dom has since helped others in a similar situation both in and out of the rail environment.

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Dom said: “I’m thankful for the ripple effect of that lady saving my life – without her stopping and checking if I was okay, I might not be here to now look out for and save others. I’m always on the lookout for anyone who might need help. If I see someone who looks out of place or a bit down, I often just go over and ask if they’re alright and try and bring them to a place of safety. Nine times out of ten the person is absolutely fine – but trusting my instincts and talking to that one person can make such a difference.

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“It took me a long time before I spoke to anyone about that moment – but it was a wake-up call and I eventually got help from the university and my family. I’ve had my ups and downs with my mental health after that, but I’ve come a long way since my 19-year-old self and feel I know how to support my mental health now. I’d encourage everyone to talk about how they’re feeling and ask for help. It’s so true that small talk is enough to save someone’s life – just as it did for me and it’s what I always try to do for others.” 

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Samaritans CEO Julie Bentley said: “We know that the pandemic has had a huge impact on the nation’s mental health and wellbeing and even though restrictions are lifting, people are still struggling. It’s so important we look out for one another now more than ever, because suicide is preventable and it’s everybody’s business.

“How people act when they are struggling to cope is different for everyone – people may seem distant or upset, but suicidal thoughts are often temporary – so if something doesn’t feel right, trust your instincts and try and start a conversation. Whether that’s on a journey home from work as we start to travel more or someone you may pass in the street – any one of us could have an opportunity to save a life. Let’s start a conversation and work together to prevent suicide.”

Initially launched in 2017, Small Talk Saves Lives was developed after research showed passengers have a key role to play in suicide prevention.** The latest phase of Small Talk Saves Lives has the backing from leading suicide prevention expert and psychologist, Associate Professor Lisa Marzano, from Middlesex University. Further new research from Marzano has confirmed that when asked, people with experience of suicidal thoughts said that verbal interventions, including small talk, providing reassurance and listening, are the most helpful things a person can do to respond to someone in a crisis.*** 

Associate Professor Lisa Marzano, Middlesex University said: “I am pleased to support Samaritans’ latest phase of Small Talk Saves Lives. This important campaign remains a testament to the fact that we can all play a crucial role in preventing suicide and help someone who may be in need by looking out for one another. It could save lives.”  

Rupert Lown, chief health and safety officer at Network Rail, said: “As lockdown restrictions lift, it’s essential that we continue to take care of ourselves and each other. That’s why we’re supporting Small Talk Saves Lives and encouraging passengers to join our staff to look out for someone who may be in emotional distress and start up a conversation. When you’ve initiated a conversation, listen to what they have to say and repeat it back to them to make them feel listened to and understood. Suicide is preventable, so let’s work together to start conversations and save lives.”

British Transport Police Assistant Chief Constable Charlie Doyle, said: “When our officers make lifesaving interventions, they may simply start by saying hello and engaging the person in conversation. There’s no magic formula for what to say – I’ve heard of officers chatting about the weather or the football. What I’d like the public to take from this campaign is that everyone has the ability to make a difference. Starting a conversation can be all that it takes. We’re not suggesting people intervene if they don’t feel comfortable or safe to do so. They can tell a member of rail staff or a police officer – many of whom have been trained by Samaritans – or call 999.”

Rail Minister Chris Heaton Harris said: “We have all been through a year of difficulty, many feeling cut off from friends and family, so it is more important than ever for people to look out for each other. The work that Samaritans is doing on our rail network is vitally important to so many people. It is incredibly reassuring to see how comforting just a few small words can be to those struggling.”

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Find out more about Small Talk Saves Lives at: www.samaritans.org/smalltalksaveslives or join the conversation on social media using #SmallTalkSavesLives.

A press pack is available at www.samaritans.org/stslpress. For further information and interview requests, please contact:

Samaritans Media Manager Amy Shacklady on 07983500137 or a.shacklady@samaritans.org

Network Rail Senior Media Manager Lucy Jones on 07734649250 or lucy.jones@networkrail.co.uk

British Transport Police Media Relations team 0300 123 9104 or Mediarelations@btp.police.uk

5 minute read – Step into STEM: London King’s Cross to hold day of educational activities for children

Network Rail has teamed up with partners to put on a day of free science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) activities at King’s Cross.

The event is aiming to get children involved in educational and fun-filled activities to help encourage them to participate in STEM subjects at school.

They can also learn about the railway right in the middle of the UK’s major transport hub and find out about career opportunities in the rail industry.

The event, which is for children aged 4 to 16, will take place on Tuesday, 10 August between 10:30 and 17:30. There is no need to book, people can just turn up and enjoy a range of activities, including: 

  • The chance to meet STEM Ambassadors – representatives who volunteer to talk about their careers and possible routes into STEM
  • Children can leave their legacy and brighten up the station on a 6m wide, 1.5m tall colouring wall
  • See inspirational entries from ‘If you were an engineer, what would you do?’ – a competition run by Primary Engineer which asks young people across the UK to identify a problem and design a solution to it
  • Visit a pop-up science stand or take part in activities to learn more about STEM and the railway with the National Railway Museum
  • Discuss career opportunities in the rail industry with Routes into Rail
  • Get a free STEM activity book to take home and complete

Laura Murphy, King’s Cross Station Manager for Network Rail, said: “We know many children are interested in the railway and holding free STEM activities here at King’s Cross will give them more confidence in science, technology engineering and maths subjects at school.

“As well as having lots of fun on the day, we hope it will get young people thinking about the amazing opportunities in the rail industry and in other STEM careers.”

Heather Lysiak, Community Partnerships and Events Manager for National Railway Museum, said: “The National Railway Museum in York inspires visitors with the past, present and future of the railways. Our team of Explainers will be at King’s Cross Station and are excited to meet you to explore the different types of energy that powers railways across the world.

“Help us to solve problems by using your engineering mindset, and experimenting with robots, energy and the forces. Anyone can be an innovator and creative thinker – these activities will show you how! We look forward to seeing you there.”

Dr Susan Scurlock, CEO and Founder of Primary Engineer, said: “If you were an engineer, what would you do? asks young people to identify a problem and design a solution to it and each year tens of thousands of pupils show us what the future could look like. 

“There is huge innovation happening in the rail sector in the UK with new technologies and infrastructure which is inspirational for pupils to consider and identify ways in which they can make things better. The exhibition at King’s Cross will showcase some of the brilliant designs we’ve received and encourage even more children and schools to get involved come September.”

Tom Quinn, Project Coordinator for Routes into Rail, said: “Routes into Rail are pleased to attend its first in-person event at King’s Cross station. We’re excited to collaborate with our partners in showing children that there’s a career for everyone in rail.”

The activity book can also be downloaded here: Emily the Engineer Activity book (networkrail.co.uk)

5 minute read – Network Rail launches art exhibition celebrating rail travel

Glenfinnan Viaduct – Laura Hurn

Winners of the ‘Wish I was There’  Competition are unveiled at an exhibition launched at London’s Waterloo station 

Network Rail has launched an exhibition showcasing work from the next generation of artists that celebrates the return of rail travel.

St Michael’s Mount – Leah Risby

Earlier this year, Network Rail launched a competition titled “Wish I was There”, asking art students from across the UK to create work that reflected the places they had missed travelling to during the pandemic – whether it be a town, city or beach, a shopping street or even just a pub or a park – a place that meant something special to them.

Nearly 270 images were submitted from across the country, including St Michael’s Mount (Cornwall), Lyme Regis (Dorset), Llandudno Promenade (Wales), Glenfinnan Viaduct (Scotland) and Bridlington (Yorkshire).

Llandudno Promenade – Chris Bunn

Sir Peter Hendy CBE, chair of Network Rail, said: “The standard of art submitted has been beyond exceptional and reflects how much we have all missed travelling by rail. I thank all the artists who have taken the time to submit their work that has paid homage to the places that they have missed travelling to.

“The railway has a long history of creating works of art to promote the destinations that people can travel to by train, and the art submitted completely and utterly reflects that. This art will become a part of history, documenting what has been an unprecedented time for all of us.”

Lyme Regis – Elbo Parkes

100 submissions were selected, judged by a panel that included artist Jacqueline Colley, who teaches at the Victoria and Albert Museum. They will be exhibited at major mainline stations across the country.

The railway network has been vital in keeping the country running during the pandemic, including by keeping key workers and freight on the move, and it will play a significant part in the country’s economic recovery. The industry is working hard to make sure it is safe for people to travel as restrictions are lifted.

Nothing like fresh lobster – JJ Raines

The top 20 winners are as follows: 

  • Dina Aldrich – The Norfolk Coast and beyond
  • Louise Allen – North Yorkshire coast
  • Chris Bunn – Llandudno Promenade
  • M A Chamberlain- Drumochter Pass, the highest point on the rail network
  • Mariya Darr – Sandals and the Sea
  • Esther Forse – Edinburgh
  • Laura Hurn – Glenfinnan viaduct
  • Jazz Lawrence – Canterbury Downs
  • Nataliia Marchuk – Chester Sunset
  • Emma McMillan – Edinburgh Castle
  • Amandine Mondion – London is my cup of tea
  • Elbo Parkes – Lyme Regis
  • Claudia Elestabeta Prospescu – By the sea in Suffolk
  • JJ Raines – Nothing like fresh lobster
  • Shakiba Raiki – Welcome back to Chinatown
  • Leah Risby – St Michael’s Mount
  • Andrea Stables – The Lakes
  • Ase Vikse – Dover
  • Catlin Whitaker – The Tyne Bridge
  • Abi Winter – The town of Britain

5 minute read – Shocking footage released of children playing on live railway lines

Network Rail has released alarming footage of children playing near live railway lines in Worcestershire as a warning to local families during the summer holidays. 

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With most children now off school until September, parents and guardians are being urged to make sure their young ones know the dangers of the railway and understand why they should never trespass on the tracks. 

The warning comes after cameras repeatedly filmed children loitering and playing on Jamaica Road level crossing in Malvern, on the line between Hereford and Worcester. 

More than 70 trains use the crossing each day travelling at speeds of up to 70mph. 

Over just nine days in June the cameras filmed ten incidents of children risking their lives – ranging from not stopping, looking or listening before crossing, loitering for lengthy periods on the tracks, sitting down while taking part in dares to leaving items of clothing on the rails.

Rhys Evans, level crossing manager at Network Rail, said: “The footage we’ve captured at Jamaica Road is concerning and shows that local children still aren’t aware of the potential dangers of trespassing on the railway – despite our hard work to educate the local community on level crossing safety.  

“Our message to parents and guardians is to please warn your children that the railway is not a place to play. It’s absolutely vital that everybody remains vigilant when crossing the railway as trains are fast, frequent, and quieter than ever.” 

Francis Thomas, from West Midlands Railway, said: “Railways are not playgrounds. Trains can not swerve, nor can they pull-up suddenly. If you are not on a train or in a station – quite simply, you shouldn’t be on the railway.” 

Network Rail’s You Vs Train campaign highlights the dangers of playing on the railway – for more information visit: www.networkrail.co.uk/communities/safety-in-the-community/railway-safety-campaigns/trespass-campaigns/ 

5 minute read – Passengers to benefit from more reliable journeys following three days of track upgrades in Weybridge

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A three-day project to upgrade the railway near Weybridge in Surrey, between Saturday 7 and Monday 9 August, will improve reliability and increase train speeds in the area – but passengers are asked to check before they travel as it includes a weekday.

Network Rail engineers will renew sets of points – which allow trains to move between tracks – and replace worn-out track between Byfleet and New Haw and Weybridge. The scale of the work means that there will be major changes to train times.

It will allow us to remove our two longest standing speed restrictions which have been in place since 2017 which slow trains to local services between London Waterloo and Woking and long-distance services between London Waterloo, Exeter, Portsmouth and Weymouth.

Passengers are advised to plan ahead as trains to and from London Waterloo will be diverted, leave earlier or later than normal and call at additional stops between 7 and 9 August. Local services between Woking and Surbiton and Weybridge and Chertsey will be replaced by buses.

Making the most of the closure, engineers will also improve the canopy at Weybridge station and renew electrical cables in the Esher area.

Mark Killick, Network Rail Wessex route director, said: “We really appreciate the patience of our passengers while this upgrade to deliver faster and more reliable services takes place by removing longstanding speed restrictions.

“I know how inconvenient it is to close the line for three days including a Monday, but having looked at passenger numbers, delivering the work in this way will be less disruptive than spreading it over several separate weekends.

“We’re taking advantage of the closure to deliver as much work as we can and I would encourage passengers to check before travelling and to plan ahead.”

Alan Penlington, SWR’s customer experience director, said: “The improvements to this important section of track near Weybridge will improve reliability and punctuality for years to come. Removing these speed restrictions will mean trains can run at line speed again which is great news for our customers.

“With the line closed for three days, one of which being a working Monday, I know there will be some inconvenience for anyone traveling whilst trains aren’t running and I’d like to thank all our customers for their patience whilst these much needed improvements take place.”

When the points are renewed and the track’s alignment is corrected, trains will be able to pass through the area at the full speed of 90 miles per hour, keeping them on time and improving performance.

5 minute read – Network Rail completes £2.8million Manton bridge upgrade

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Network Rail has completed a major project to replace Manton railway bridge in Rutland, which was over 150 years old.

The bridge carries the line between Melton Mowbray and Stamford/Kettering and runs over the busy A6003. Fully replacing it means passenger and freight services can continue running safely and reliably and people in the community can connect to other towns and cities for generations to come.

Work began on the project in April, and the main stage of work to lift the old bridge and install the new, stronger one from underneath took place in June.

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Once the new bridge, which weighs around 425 tonnes, was in place, teams completed further brickwork and stonework, moved wires and removed the scaffolding.

The A6003 in Rutland, which links Oakham and Uppingham, was temporarily closed to allow the work to take place safely and it reopened on Sunday 4 July. The road remained open for the final part of the reconstruction.

Gary Walsh, Route Director for Network Rail’s East Midlands route, said: “This has been a complex job which has significantly affected road users.  I am pleased that we handed the road back on schedule and thank everyone for their patience while we carried out this essential investment. 

“The line that Manton bridge carries and the A6003 which runs underneath it are both vital links for people in Rutland. Completing this project means that people can travel across the region safely and reliably for years to come.”

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Work on the project has completed and the remaining worksites in the area are expected to be removed by Friday 30 July.

5 minute read – All under one roof: rail workers revive Cumbrian visitor attraction

Thousands of pounds have been spent making repairs to a Cumbrian Coast line station building which is home to a popular visitor attraction.

Network Rail has invested £30,000 to improve the roof at Millom station where the Millom Heritage and Arts Centre is based.

A leaking roof has now been fixed meaning that the much-loved attraction is ready to welcome back visiting tourists and rail passengers in time for the peak summer season.

The centre has a local social and industrial history museum, an educational rail facility, creative poetry and writing room, café, community ticket and travel information centre and a newly refurbished passenger waiting room.

Karen Hornby, head of performance and customer relations at Network Rail’s North West route, said: “When people think about the inside of a railway station, they may think of a waiting room and a ticket office. But as Millom station shows the space inside can offer so much more to the community.

“This is why I’m proud our £30,000 repairs to fix the roof will keep the Millom Heritage & Arts Centre open for business not just for the summer months, but all year round.”

Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern said: “We would like to thank Network Rail for completing this work.  Millom Heritage & Arts Centre is something for visitors to the station, and everyone in the community to embrace, enjoy and be proud of.” 

Jade Hughes, Millom Heritage and Arts Centre trustee, said “We’re extremely grateful to Network Rail for coming to our rescue. This now enables us to carry on welcoming visitors from near and far.”

Warren Birch, Cumbrian Coast Line community rail partnership officer, said “This essential piece of work provides a stability to the building that will see Millom Heritage & Arts Centre flourish for many years to come.”

Millom station is located on the picturesque Cumbrian Coast line between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness.

This route boasts stunning views of West Cumbrian countryside, the Irish sea and enticing beaches.

Meanwhile passengers returning to the railway can travel in confidence with enhanced cleaning regimes in place.

Rail users are encouraged to wear a face covering while travelling if they can.