Building A Train Station in a Week

When the floods hit Cockermouth and with it tore down bridges leading into the main working town of Workington, a community was cut off. However in the space of a week, engineers have worked to build a temporary train station in a week. The station will bridge two ends of the town together. I would really recommend watching this video on the BBC which goes through the whole process.

A friend of mine, Richard Worsnip, commented on Facebook about this saying "Good to see they've pulled this off so quickly. It does beg the question that if a temporary (but safe) station can be built and rolling stock sourced (old Inter-city carriages to my eye) in just 6 days, why can overcrowding issues elsewhere in the country not be resolved"?

A very good point. In the space of a week, the engineers had sent a helicopter to scout land, found an ideal spot of land, contacted the council, arranged a 2 year lease, built 2 platforms out of scafolding with non-slip surface, a portable waiting room, a car park and footbridge. A new footpath is currently being built by the Army and will be open in the next week and Royal Engineers laid out the 4,000 tons of rock base foundation. And not only that but services are being operated for free.

It was an incredible feat of engineering, determination and manpower. It was well organised, there was no fannying around, no endless meetings to discuss it. It was: we have a problem, we have an easy solution, we've got a job to be done, let's do it quickly and do it well.

It could only have happened in Cumbria though.

Cumbrians have such drive and tenacity. My family come from Cockermouth, I've grown up there during many a school holiday, it was where I bought my first vinyls when I started DJing and I have a lot of memories there. It is a gorgeous town, no matter what the weather there is always a warmth about the place, it is always bustling. Everyone knows each other, all the shops are family run and to see all that destroyed was simply heartbreaking.

Back in the day there was a farmers market every week which I loved to go and see, unfortunately BSE destroyed that community and Sainsburys has now bulldozed the market over.

What was really heart warming (and the reason why the train station was built in a week), was that despite the floods and the disruption, there was no sulking. It was "we need to battle on and get on with it". There were stories that businesses had grouped together, and the next day were back trading in a new rented premises.

Stories like that are incredible to hear.

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