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Penrith station gains bigger car park

04/12/2011 AT 06:24

Work started last November when the original car park was closed and a temporary one opened a short walk away. The new one adjacent to the station is part of a joint project by Network Rail and Virgin Trains to replace or extend car parks at stations managed by Virgin Trains, at a total cost of around £90m.

Stuart Davison, Station Manager for Virgin Trains in Cumbria, said: “The limited parking facilities at Penrith North Lakes station have caused problems for rail travellers in recent years. Now with over 30 per cent extra spaces everyone should be able to find a parking space. The new bargain weekend rate will no doubt be welcome.”

Jo Kaye, route director for Network Rail who built the car park, said: “Providing car parking at railway stations is all about true transport integration – passengers driving short distances to the station to then use the railway they rely on for the longer part of their journey”.

The German design, which has also been used on other car parks in the project, is a steel construction. The deck is concrete cast over steel and covered in a coloured surface called Conideck, which is applied to reduce tyre noise. The outside is clad in red cedar that comes from a sustainable source.

Network Rail worked closely with Eden District Council over the design of the car park, making sure it fitted in with the sensitive surroundings, and to obtain listed building consent. The contractor that built the car park for Network Rail is Balfour Beatty, who also built several other car parks in the overall project.

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