BUSES are set to replace trains on the Cumbrian Coast line for seven consecutive Sundays as a £2.8 project to replace worn out track gets under way.

Network Rail is investing the cash in the line, between Drigg and Bootle. Railway stone and drainage will also be upgraded.

While work takes place, buses will replace trains between Millom and Sellafield on October 20, and between Barrow and Millom on October 27 and November 3.

Buses will also be in operation between Millom and Sellafield on 10, 17 and 24 November, and on December 1.

Phil James, North West route director at Network Rail, said: “We’re committed to putting Cumbrian passengers first.

“The essential work has been carefully planned to cause the least disruption to passengers."

Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, said: “The work will future proof the line and, together with improvements we are making to trains, will give our customers more comfortable journeys than ever before.”

Trudy Harrison, MP for Copeland, said: “I recognise the inconvenience of not having the 21 trains running on a Sunday following our hard work campaigning to get them, but this essential maintenance means that our service along the Cumbrian coastal railway line will be more reliable."

In total, 1.9 miles of new rail and sleepers, along with half a mile of railway stone and 300 metres of new drainage will be replaced between Bootle and Drigg.

The modern materials will last longer, reducing maintenance costs.

The upgrade will also better protect the railway from heavy rainfall, helping trains to run on time during bad weather.

Check before you travel at www.nationalrail.co.uk.