Carlisle Station Gateway and Citadels Consultation

Stay up to date with our ambitious plans to improve Carlisle Railway Station and its surroundings

Carlisle railway station is a major gateway into the city and is a key part of the national rail network. It accommodates over two million passengers every year and acts as a major interchange for the entire Borderlands region with services to the Cumbrian Coast, Tyne Valley, Settle to Carlisle and Glasgow and South Western lines. 

As part of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal, proposals are in place to improve the railway station's access and its surrounding areas. This includes Court Square and the southern station entrance, plus providing enhanced retail opportunities. It would prepare for future rail service improvements providing better overall connectivity and more activity at the station.

The proposed project objectives include:

  • Growing the regional role of the station - By making the station user-friendly and accessible, improving parking and drop-off facilities, and easier to navigate around.
  • Creating a gateway - By providing high-quality entrances and exits to the station, enhancing historic buildings, encouraging visitors, and better connecting to and showcasing the city.
  • Maximising this historic asset - By respecting its heritage significance and architecture.
  • Encouraging investment - Improving the commercial opportunities of the station and in the wider city area.
  • Supporting passenger growth - By improving the station and its facilities for all users.
  • Future-proofing - Making the station accessible by greener forms of transport and making it safer to use.

We aim to improve Carlisle Railway Station to enhance the arrival areas of Court Square and the southern station entrance, provide improved car parking facilities, enhanced retail opportunities (shops, cafes, etc) and prepare for future rail service improvements to provide better overall connectivity and more activity at the station.

The first public consultation ran between 18 September - 9 October 2019 and focused on four key areas with different issues and opportunities: 

  • Court Square
  • Station Entry and Interior
  • Car Park and Access
  • Junction and Route Improvements

Download - Carlisle Carlisle Station and Citadels Consultation (PDF 914KB)


Our plans to improve Carlisle railway station are in the early stages of development. Your views and ideas will help us shape our plans as they progress, to make sure we design a scheme that fits the needs of the station's users, as well as the objectives for the station, Carlisle and the wider Borderlands area.

We intend to consult in early 2020, slightly later than proposed in November, to avoid a clash with the General Election. 

If you are keen to receive a link to this formal consultation when it is published, please sign up for email updates.