Network Rail has announced that it will be investing almost £15 million in a major revamp of Carlisle station in Cumbria.Contractor Galliford Try will be responsible for replacing the building’s historic glass roof (which dates back to 1847) and Story Rail will rebuild all eight of its platforms once this has been completed.Overall, £9.5 million of the budget will be spent on the roof, and the remaining £5.2 million will be used to construct the new platforms.The new roof will be made of ETFE, which has been used for similar transparent structures at Birmingham New Street and Manchester Victoria stations.Terry Strickland, area director for Network Rail, said: ["]Carlisle station is impressive and historic but its large roof is showing its age and is in need of significant repair.“This investment, part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, will protect it for decades to come. Together with the improved platforms, the station’s environment will be much more pleasant for passengers and provide them with a better start or end to their journeys.”Work on the roof is scheduled to begin on November 30th, and is expected to take 15 months. The process will involve installing a crash deck to ensure safety, although it will also reduce the amount of natural light inside the station.After this the platforms will be replaced. The refurbishment should be completely finished by February 2018.Michael Byrne, Virgin Trains’ Carlisle station manager, reassured passengers that disruption would be kept to a minimum. He explained: “Working in partnership with Network Rail, we will do our best to ensure customers’ journeys through the station are not affected, whilst the improvements are made."The work is designed to extend the life of the station roof, as well as improving the experience for passengers using the station.
Carlisle station set for £15m revamp
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