The route from Keswick to Penrith is rich in history and
heritage, but it would not be appropriate to re-open it as a Heritage Railway. The new Railway needs to provide fast
inter-regional links to and from the North Lakes , providing transport for everyone to help the local economy expand,
reduce pressures on car parking, reduce the impact of road traffic on major and minor roads in the Northern Lake District
and reduce dependence on cars.
Penrith will include reduced pressure on car parking by allowing people travelling to or from the Cumbrian Coast to use cars
less and not need to park in Penrith. Travel between Keswick, Penrith and Carlisle for work, education, health and social
appointments, shopping and leisure will all be made quicker and easier for everyone.
More people travelling to and from Keswick by train will provide more customers for local public
transport (buses, taxis and boats). Many visitors to the area do not use cars during their stays and would happily come
by train - further reducing traffic and parking problems as well as saving valuable fuel.
Having a connecting train service to Keswick will mean more main line trains stopping at Penrith
on the West Coast Main line - reversing the trend of the last few years.
It is also the first step towards restoring fast, reliable and sustainable
transport links to the Cumbrian Coast.