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Improvement work begins at Carlisle Station

image captionArtist's impression of improved station

Major improvement work to "windy" Carlisle Citadel station has begun.

The £500,000 plans include a new passenger waiting area, and relocated lighting so that wooden ceiling beams can be seen.

Other seating areas will be screened off to give passengers respite from draughts caused by the design which "channels" the wind.

About 1.8 million travellers use the station every year - 400,000 more than five years ago.

The project is part of the Department for Transport's National Stations Improvement Programme, administered by Network Rail.

Jo Kaye, Network Rail's route director, said: "The new waiting area at the end of platforms five and six will be a welcome relief for passengers because the curved platforms and barrel roof act as a funnel, channelling the wind through the station.

"In future, there will be seats surrounded by a stone and glass screen to keep the wind at bay."

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