This is an independent Project entirely
CKP Railways plc,
based in Cumbria and
using local professional skills wherever possible.
Why independent ?
- Because the Government has no plans to fund any railway re-openings unless they are considered of national
Keswick to Penrith has
Regional and Local significance, therefore is expected to be developed locally..
- Because Network Rail is only involved in maintaining and developing
existing National Network.
It's brief does not extend to reopenings.
- Because the Local Authorities
in Cumbria have various roles to play in
managing and supporting transport,
but they do not have the resources
to tackle reopening projects.
re-opening was suggested to them as a joint project as long ago as 1996, but they chose not to take up the challenge.
Some do, however, provide varying degrees of support and encouragement,
but not funding.
lots of people have talked about the need for the Railway to
"return to Keswick",
but nobody else has
seriously tackled the issue.
- Because we, CKP Railways plc and our Project Team, have the skills and experience
from Railway design and development projects in the UK and overseas,
also we are local, we understand the issues,
we want to put back this "missing link" for everyone's benefit.
Somebody had to do it - nobody
else volunteered !