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Carlisle and other Cumbrian stations will be part of the high speed network.

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High speed rail network.

Carlisle will be served by HS2

HS2 trains will serve Oxenholme, Penrith and Carlisle stations. These will become ‘integrated high speed stations’ where passengers can catch HS2 trains and access the high speed network to the south. When fully open, there will be a connection to the West Coast Main Line at Wigan, which will allow us to run trains along the existing line north of Wigan serving Edinburgh, Glasgow and other stations. This will include more services at Carlisle station, where some services south of Carlisle will run as 400m long trains, while services running north, to Edinburgh and Glasgow, will be 200m long trains.

This means we need to make changes at the station to accommodate longer trains, split northbound trains to make them 200m, and join southbound trains back together to make them 400m. To achieve this, we intend to extend platforms 3 and 4, and fill in platform 2. We will also create a new platform on the southern side of the station to replace the capacity lost at platform 2 and build a new footbridge for passenger access to the new platform. You can find out more about the proposals and let us know what you think about them.

HS2 Services in Cumbria

  • Carlisle to London: HS2 time 143 minutes, current time 197 minutes
  • Carlisle to Birmingham: HS2 times 120, current time 164 minutes
  • Penrith to London: HS2 time 139 minutes, current time 179 minutes*
  • Oxenholme to Birmingham: HS2 time 80 minutes, current time 125 minutes
  • Oxenholme to London*: HS2 time 116 minutes, current time 155 minutes

* via interchange between HS2 services at Preston.

HS2 train times

Discover how HS2 will transform your journey

HS2 helping reduce overcrowding

By freeing up space on existing lines, for new local train services, passengers and freight, HS2 helps ease congestion and over-crowding. Travelling by train becomes a more convenient and enjoyable option for everybody, regardless of how far they’re going. Find out more about HS2 helping reduce overcrowding.

HS2 helping reduce carbon emissions

By freeing up capacity on our current railways, HS2 will help take hundreds of lorries off the roads every day as more freight can move to rail. This will improve air quality and help reduce carbon emissions. Learn more about HS2 and zero carbon Britain.

HS2 is integral to local plans to drive business growth

These plans will create jobs and secure investment years before it arrives. The Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership have put in place the Cumbria Infrastructure Plan which recognises the benefits and opportunities provided by being HS2 ready.


There are ambitions to enhance Carlisle station’s role as an integrated transport hub. There are also plans to redevelop the area to make the most of the city’s heritage. The Carlisle Station Gateway Plan could add an additional £40 million a year for the economy.

91 North West businesses have already delivered work on HS2

Over half of all companies delivering work for HS2 are small and medium sized businesses. That number will grow as the pace of construction increases.

Regional supply chain stories

A firm in Carlisle is playing a crucial role in the delivery of HS2. XYZ Rail and Civils was awarded a £500,000 contract and was tasked with installing over 60,000 metres of fencing in readiness for ecology and construction works in the Chilterns counties of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

About XYZ Rail and Civils and HS2.

More information about joining HS2’s supply chain.