The new £1.2m transport hub at Cumbria’s Maryport Railway Station was officially opened on Monday 4 June.
Cumbria County Council delivered the scheme and Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership funded the project, which involved the creation of a new 78-space car park at Mealpot Road on land previously owned by Maryport Rugby League Club. The new facility aims to encourage people to travel by train along the Cumbrian Coast, reduce traffic congestion and improve access to Maryport rail station.
Community Rail Cumbria (CRC) played a key role in supporting the coordination and planning of the hub, which included the regeneration of a new MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) for Maryport Rugby League Club. CRC is also working closely with train operating company Northern to develop plans for the extensive refurbishment of the platform and the installation of an additional waiting shelter.
The final development spearheaded by Community Rail Cumbria is an innovative community partnership project integral to the regeneration of Maryport railway station, involving a wide variety of stakeholders. The project will have an authentic Roman ‘theme’ capturing the importance of Maryport’s Roman history in a modern rail-based setting. The aim will be to encourage further rail exploration of Roman history on the Cumbrian Coast and Tyne Valley Line and provide an on-platform educational experience for children.