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Station revamp arrives at Cark
6:50pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
THE completion of three projects at Cark railway station on the Furness Line have been celebrated.
The first was to develop a safer walking route from the station to Holker Hall. This involved additional white lines on the roads, a diversion along lanes and away from a blind corner on the main road and directional signs.
Secondly the old, open shelter attached to the former station house was refurbished. It involved providing a glazed front with sliding doors, a new window, seating and lights plus new CCTV. In addition, the station has been repainted.
The third project was to establish new gardens at the station on a grassy strip and on an overgrown raised border.
Now there are four new garden areas planted under the guidance of the experts from Holker Hall’s gardens team. The gardens will be maintained by a group of green-fingered volunteers In total about £45,000 has been spent on the station so far and another couple of projects are being considered for next year. The funding has been raised through the Furness Line Community Rail Partnership from Cumbria County Council, Northern Rail, the Association of Community Rail Partnerships and Holker Hall.
Jim Trotman, Community Rail Partnership Officer, said: “This was one of the least attractive stations on the line a couple of years ago and now it is looking very smart. Further improvements are being planned when additional funds can be raised”.
Attending the celebration of the work undertaken were Lord Cavendish, Peter Robinson, chairman of the Furness Line, and Craig Harrop of Northern Rail.
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