FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What about the parts of the line that the A66 has been built over ?
- The A66 has NOT been built along the line of the railway between Keswick
and Penrith. The road and railway cross in three places by bridge or tunnel.
The A66 is not a problem.
2. All the bridges are missing, aren't they ?
- No. All the river bridges between Keswick and Threlkeld are still used to
carry the foot and cycle path. The viaducts at Mosedale and Penruddock are
still maintained on behalf of the British Railways Board.
All bridges have been examined by the County Council's Engineers - some
maintenance is needed but all are still in good condition considering that
the railway closed nearly 30 years ago.
A few small bridges over side roads are missing but these can be replaced.
A new bridge will be needed over the A66 at Beckses.
3. Didn't the A66 bridge destroy the tunnel at Keswick ?
- No. The tunnel is still there. It was packed with spoil from the road
scheme and can be re-opened.
4. Keswick station is not available ?
- Yes it is. One platform was demolished but the main platform and buildings
are still there. Cooperation with the Hotel can make facilities available
for their guests and rail passengers.
5. What about buildings blocking the line ?
- There are some gardens and small agricultural buildings on parts of the
line which could be relocated. This requires negotiation with the owners,
but is not impossible.
The station site at Penruddock is now a housing estate but can be by-passed.
6. Aren't you asking for a lot of money ?
- No. To complete the first stage we have launched a Bond Issue to raise up
to £2.5 million. That represents only about 50p for each visitor to Keswick
in a typical year !
We have publicised the issue widely and have good indications of support. We
do not expect anyone to provide all the money - a few hundred people
investing a few hundred pounds each will see us well on the way to meeting
7. Isn't it an expensive project overall ?
- No. Rebuilding the whole railway will cost about the same as only
re-surfacing the same length of motorway.
About 90% of the earthworks and bridges are still there - we only have to
plug a few gaps, do some maintenance and lay track. We do not have to buy
trains or provide depots. This project will provide the most flexible
service possible for minimum cost.
Compared to the task which faced the original builders of the line, this is
8. What about the footpath from Keswick to Threlkeld ?
- The path can be re-routed so that there is a railway and a path through
the Greta Gorge. Possible routes were outlined in a study undertaken by the
County Council's Engineers in 1996/7.
The path does not generate any revenue to maintain the bridges.
In the long term only a railway providing a public service could meet these
Some of the river bridges could be adapted to carry rail and foot traffic
but it is not physically possible, or safe, to have trains and other traffic
sharing the existing route.
Building a totally new railway route would be uneconomic.
CKP Railways plc