Running on diesel fumes? £1m bill for Lakes Line cancellation

Monday 23 October 2017

How much did it cost before plans to electrify a Cumbrian railway line were scrapped?

Early in 2017, the government cancelled plans for three railway lines in Wales, the Midlands and Cumbria to get an upgrade to allow electric trains to run on them.

reporting for Mike Zeller at Breakfast on 26/09/2017


One of those lines was the Windermere branch line, or Lakes Line, which runs between Oxenholme Lake District and Windermere via Kendal, Burneside and Staveley.

I asked Network Rail in a Freedom of Information request to provide figures on how much money had been spent on the upgrade before it was cancelled – and reported live from Kendal railway station for BBC Radio Cumbria’s breakfast programme.