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Flood-hit town's station extended

Workington North station
Longer trains are now running through the station

A temporary railway station in the flood-hit Cumbrian town of Workington has been extended.

Network Rail constructed Workington North when November's floods damaged or destroyed several bridges in the area.

The free hourly service allows people to travel across the River Derwent to the existing station in the south, and avoid lengthy road detours.

Due to the route's popularity, longer trains have been added and the platform extended, said the company.

The new station was built in six days and features two platforms, a portable waiting room, a gravel car park and a footbridge.

The service runs as far north as Maryport, a few miles along the coast.

Town divided

Jo Kaye, Network Rail's route director, said: "When I originally conceived the idea of building Workington North, most of the trains had only one or two carriages, so we built the platforms long enough to accommodate them.

"The huge demand from passengers wanting to travel means that additional three-carriage trains have been introduced on a shuttle service between Workington and Maryport. We have responded by extending the temporary platforms by a further 23 metres."

The station's car park has also been enlarged due to the large amount of traffic the train service brought to nearby streets.

After the floods, which effectively split Workington in two, the Army was called in to build a temporary footbridge across the river.

It has been named Barker Crossing after Pc Bill Barker, who was swept to his death when the town's Northside Bridge collapsed.



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