Funding sought for Keswick to Penrith railway project

Date: Friday 16th September 2011

CKP Railways plc, the company formed to try and bring back trains between Keswick and Penrith, has applied for financial help from the Regional Growth Fund.

Cumbria drew a blank in the first round of the RGF and a spokesman for the railway project said transport projects had been poorly represented. Cumbria also missed out when a list of 22 new enterprise zones was announced by the Government last month.

The CKP application is seeking funding to take the Keswick to Penrith project through the remaining development stages and initiate construction.

The application points out that supporters have already provided about £400,000 which has been invested in feasibility studies, technical surveys, engineering design and environmental impact assessments. Some follow-on work is still required before the project can move into the final administrative stages. The Regional Growth Fund supports developments which will boost private sector employment and provide social, environmental or regeneration benefits.

Railway supporters claim the scheme will increase opportunities for visitors to travel other than by car, and provide a vital means of communication for businesses based in the northern Lakeland.

A decision is expected in the autumn.