River Bridges between
Keswick and Threlkeld are NOT being demolished
- despite what a recent news item implies.
(- and it was NOT an April Fool joke !)
Click here for details
Regional Growth Fund
CKP Railways plc has submitted an application for
funding in round 4, which closed on the 20th of March 2013.
Recent welcome income from:
A collection made at the funeral
of one of our long-term supporters
in the next Update)
Commission for tickets sold
through our arrangement with Chester-le-Track
the BUY RAIL TICKETS page for details of the scheme)
(see the BONDS page for details of how to invest)
TWO PLANNING APPLICATIONS IN
THE NATIONAL PARK WHICH AFFECT THE RAILWAY TRACKBED AND BRIDGES.
ONE HAS BEEN REJECTED (late Jan 2013)
THE OTHER HAS BEEN APPROVED WITH CONDITIONS WHICH AIM TO PROTECT THE RAILWAY TRACKBED
Details on the
"URGENT NOTICES" page.
Click here to go to "URGENT NOTICES"
Update No. 53 was distributed by post and e-mail
in early January 2013.
The Project's supporters have funded all work to date through the purchase of Bonds, by contributions
from Update subscriptions, book and DVD sales and commissions from rail ticket sales by supporting businesses.
Several welcome donations have also been received.
About £400,000 has been invested in surveys, design
and environmental work.
There are still several
technical and administrative tasks to complete before any construction can start.
Not just talking
about it ...
We are not trying to persuade anyone else that
"they" should re-open the Railway - we are doing it ourselves !
We are compiling all the technical,
environmental and economic material required to build and operate the Railway as an independent line linked into the National
Trains will then be able to run from any part of the UK directly into the Northern Lake
The line only closed in 1972.
Most of the earthworks
and bridges are still in place.
The stages completed so far are:
· Establishing the feasibility (how to rebuild,
likely passenger numbers, physical challenges)
surveys – mapping the ground, condition of structures, noting the gaps to fill
Alignment planning – route, gradients, curves, speeds, structures to provide
Scheme description – detailed assessment of all the construction required, works planning
Cost estimates – realistic assessment by professional Railway designers and construction specialists
Environmental impact assessments – ecology, archaeology, visual impact, land and access etc.
Business case – assessing the ratio of benefit values to costs (from 1.1 to over 3.0 is possible)
What remains to be done:
· Time sensitive
environmental surveys (when ready to apply for legal powers)
· Identify funding sources for construction
contractual proposals for construction and operation
Application for a Transport and Works Order (legal powers to operate a public service railway)
construction and operational teams / alliances
· Fulfil all legal requirements prior
Build the line and get approval to operate
the line and let the trains run
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