Network Rail have rushed into action to build a temporary rail station to serve the cut-off communities north of the River Derwent after the collapse of the Northside Bridge and the closure of the Calva Bridge.
The southbound platform, which is constructed from scaffolding and wooden boards with a non-slip surface, will be completed on Thursday, 26 November 2009, as will the car park.
The northbound platform and much of the footbridge are expected to be built overnight, and the entire structure could be finished late on Friday night or the early hours of Saturday.
With the main body of the structure complete, Network Rail will have the weekend to put the finishing touches to the station and to tidy up the site ready for its first passengers.
Telecoms cables from the doomed Calva Bridge have also been diverted over the unaffected railway bridge. It is estimated that there were 1,000 telephone lines that could have been affected by the collapse or demolition of the bridge.
Monday, 30 November 2009, the new Workington North station opens for business.
The new station was built in six days on wasteland by Network Rail, and features two platforms, a portable waiting room, a gravel car park and a footbridge.
A free hourly service from the new station takes passengers to the existing station on the south side of the River Derwent. This service is run by Cumbrian rail firm DRS.
The existing Northern Rail service, which runs the length of the Cumbrian coast, will also stop at the new station, meaning residents will effectively be able to catch a train every 30 minutes.
Network Rail has extended the length of the platforms at the temporary Workington North railway station to meet passenger demand and accommodate the longer trains now calling there.
The huge demand from passengers wanting to travel means that additional three-carriage trains have been introduced on the shuttle service between Workington and Maryport. The temporary platforms have been extended by a further 23 metres.
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