1995:Some coverage in Railnews and brief mentions elsewhere.
Re-opening between Keswick and Penrith first proposed by Cedric Martindale
as a cooperative venture for local authorities, businesses and railway organisations in response to concerns
about future traffic problems in the Lake District.
coverage in Railnews and brief mentions elsewhere.
Lake District Traffic Management Initiative calls together representatives of local authorities and other bodies
to follow up the proposals.
Lake District Traffic Management Initiative calls together representatives of local authorities
and other bodies to follow up the proposals.
Local Authorities jointly fund independent "pre-feasibility study" to test Cedric's ideas.
County Council Engineers confirm
feasibility and costs.
Traffic potential not fully examined due to shortage of time and funds allocated to consultants.
Eden District Council
announces objections to rail service cuts at Penrith by Virgin Trains.
BR Property Board advises old Parliamentary
powers can not be used for reinstatement of the Railway.
County Council (the local Transport Authority) formally expressed interest but decided not to take the idea further.
Promised future “non-financial” support.
First Updates issued. Mailing list established.
Media publicity starts.
Cumbria Tourist Board
expresses support for Keswick to Penrith reopening.
After three rounds of applications, each time requesting more information,
Millennium (Lottery) Fund says CKP eligible for funds but no money available (funds apparently re-allocated to the Dome).
Heritage Lottery Fund
says CKP qualifies for funding but refuses to give money because CKP does not own the Lake District National Park
(heritage asset to which public access would be improved by CKP).
BR Property Board agrees to defer bridge demolition
proposals (Mosedale Viaduct and others).
CKP Railways Ltd (later plc) formed to develop the project independently.
Growing awareness, public talks and displays
about the project start.
Survey in Keswick shows demand for 70,000 outward journeys per annum from 2.6% of residents.
challenged a power cable scheme which would have used the trackbed into Keswick. Cable re-routed.
Deputy Prime Minister visits Keswick and comments on lack of east-west links in
the Lake District.
Lake District National Park Authority proposes that Railtrack should reopen the Keswick to Penrith
line. No result.
Prospectus launched - nearly 300 applications for Bonds each between £100 and £2,500 in
very limited timescale (legal limitations).
Second Prospectuses issued by CKP Railways plc towards end of year to build
on the support.
Project Executive Team starts work on design and associated work.
Trackbed helicopter digital mapping
survey during the Foot and Mouth crisis (with the approval of DEFRA).
Design work on alignment, structures and stations
Funds raised from sales of Bonds reach £155,000.
Strategic Rail Authority decides not to provide any funding for CKP (or any other lines outside the existing
CKP gives written evidence to the Transport Select Committee study on Railways in northern England.
First financial returns
from ticketing commission scheme with Chester le Track
Initial alignment design drawings and rehabilitation scheme for all structures
completed by Corus for CKP Railways plc.
Virtual reality models of Keswick station and A66 / Beckses bridges completed
by Corus for CKP Railways plc.
Penrith Partnership told that the town would be a “winner” from the CKP
Prospectus issued (this Offer of Bonds still remains open).
Planning application for Industrial estate
road breaching trackbed at Flusco submitted. Nearly 170 objections made.
Deputy Prime Minister announces Keswick
will be used to monitor the effectiveness of various regeneration programmes.
Corus completes Scheme Description
Report (full technical assessment and costings for railway meeting all modern standards).
Keswick to Penrith Railway
reopening listed as a supported project by the Keswick Area Partnership (Market Towns Initiative).
Consultation on first stages of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) with local authorities, statutory bodies,
Keswick nominated as a Beacon Town by the Countryside Agency.
Funds raised from sales of Bonds passes £300,000 mark.
Independent report commissioned
by Eden District Council confirms CKP project is feasible, has wide support, and is progressing faster than publicly funded
projects.Eden District Council approves roads
scheme at Flusco cutting through trackbed despite receiving nearly 170 objections.
Deputy Prime Minister identifies key
issues for Keswick's development as transport and affordable housing.
Strategic Rail Authority launches its "Community
Keswick Town Council feels “snubbed” by Eden’s handling of planning applications
affecting the CKP trackbed.
Lake District National Park Authority starts repair work on bridge decks between Keswick and Threlkeld.
of work on Environmental Impact Assessments throughout the year.
Meetings and consultations with owners of the
Article in RAIL magazine by Richard Bowker suggests
massive costs for CKP reopening. Corrections sent by CKP Railways plc but not published. Identification of potential partners and funding sources for legal processes
Complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman about Eden District Council's handling of Flusco planning
Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) announces support in principle for Keswick to Penrith reopening
and appoints JMP Consultants to investigate the business case.
Corus continue to work on Environmental Impact
Assessment, in co-operation with JMP.
Planning application received by Eden District Council for oil storage depot
which would block the trackbed at Flusco. Approved despite objections from CKP, an MP, NWDA and dozens of other supporters.
Other planning applications
which would interfere with trackbed at Flusco successfully fought and usefully amended.
Nearly £ 1/3
Million already invested in design and development of the Railway as well as about 20,000 hours of
unpaid time on the part of CKP’s Directors.
Environmental work continues with particular emphasis on the foot/cycle path between Keswick and Threlkeld,
and overcoming new developments at Flusco – some new design work was required in this area after permission
granted for developments by Eden District Council.
NWDA / JMP Business Plan study results published.
Shows positive cost
benefit ratios and value for money based on Department for Transport’s (DfT) limited criteria.
Report recognizes that there would be many other community and economic benefits
which the DfT would not take into account..
Discusses methods of funding construction and operation.
Results based on all-day
everyday train service to and from other destinations on the National Network, with a baseload of passengers, revenue
calculated at levels lower than parallel bus fares, and construction costs compared to National Network projects –
without any design concessions or cost savings through working on a closed site.
CKP Railways happy
that this shows the project is viable, comments that costs can be brought down by using best practice in planning
and construction methods, and that revenue can be significantly more than the base case.
between CKP Railways and the new Chief Executive of Eden District Council in December 2007.