Severe weather affects rail services

on the Cumbrian Coast Line

3 Jan 2014

The Cumbrian Coast Line has suffered damage at multiple locations:


Sea defences and retaining walls have been washed away at several locations between Sellafield and Maryport.

120 yards of track washed away at Flimby.

Lineside equipment and 600 yards of ballast washed away at Parton.

Kirkby-in-Furness station flooded plus damage to lineside equipment.

Braystones station completely flooded.

Debris on the railway at multiple locations


Photo courtesy Network Rail


looking towards Foxfield




Photo courtesy Network Rail


looking across the Duddon Estuary towards Millom


At Kirkby-in-Furness


To allow Network Rail to repair the widespread damage to the rail infrastructure,

rail services are not operating between Barrow and Carlisle,


as Network Rail engineers firstly assess

then start the huge task of repairing the widespread damage to the railway.


Northern Rail will be operating replacement bus services.



Photo courtesy Network Rail

Near Flimby

looking towards Maryport


At Flimby


Martin Frobisher, Network Rail area director, said:


"The storm and subsequent flooding has caused significant damage

to the railway along the Cumbrian coast


and our people will be working throughout the weekend to firstly assess the damage

and then start work to repair our sea defences, track, replace equipment

and remove debris from the line.


"We are sorry for the disruption this causes to passengers

and we will be doing everything we can to reopen the line as early as we can.


Media Relations (North West & West Mids)

3 Jan 2014

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