Cumbria

End of line for Workington's temporary station

Workington North station
Image caption Very few people are now using the station

A temporary railway station built for a flood-hit Cumbrian community is being closed after 10 months use.

Network Rail constructed the Workington North station when floods in November 2009 damaged or destroyed several road bridges in the area.

The service allowed people to travel across the River Derwent and avoid lengthy road detours.

But as road routes reopened, passenger numbers have fallen from a high of 2,200 per day to an average of two.

The station was built in six days and features two platforms, a portable waiting room, a gravel car park and a footbridge.

Hourly services ran as far north as Maryport, a few miles along the coast.

A spokesman for Northern Rail, which operated services from the station, said: "When the station first opened we were experiencing probably about 2,200 people using it per day.

"But that has unfortunately dwindled down to just one or two.

"Like any station that needs a lot of investment it is all going to depend on the business case and unfortunately with just one or two people using the train out of the station there is not a business case for keeping it open."

The company has promised a £500,000 upgrade of Workington's main station, which will include refurbishment of platform canopies, additional lighting and improvements to waiting facilities.

The final train will stop at the station on Friday evening.

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