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In Carlisle, plans are underway to enhance the station’s role as an integrated transport hub and gateway to the county

'Phase 2b'
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High speed rail network illustration.

Cumbria recognises the benefits and opportunities provided by being HS2 ready.

The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has put in place the Cumbria Infrastructure Plan: rail connectivity is a high priority.

Cumbria’s vision, supported by Carlisle City Council, is for a transformative redevelopment that makes the most of the city’s heritage, such as the imposing Citadel next to the station, and delivers a lasting legacy for both the city and region.

At Penrith and Oxenholme, the LEP is considering improvements to make the most of HS2 services; better access and passenger facilities are seen as essential.

Here, authorities are working on a regeneration programme, with new businesses, shops and housing around the station and city centre. This includes a Carlisle Station Gateway Plan that could generate an additional £40 million a year for the economy. The joined up approach reflects the scale of the opportunity and will see land come forward and construction begin in conjunction with the new station franchise in 2018.