Millon-pound spend on cancelled Lake District railway upgrade

  1. Live from Kendal Railway Station BBC Radio Cumbria

Early in 2017, the government cancelled plans for three railway lines in Wales, the Midlands and Cumbria to get an upgrade to allow electric trains to run on them.

One of those lines was the Windermere branch line, or Lakes Line, which runs between Oxenholme Lake District and Windermere via Kendal, Burneside and Staveley.

I asked Network Rail in a Freedom of Information request to provide figures on how much money had been spent on the upgrade before it was cancelled – and reported live from Kendal railway station for BBC Radio Cumbria’s breakfast programme.