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Penrith will be part of the high speed rail network

'Phase 2b'
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Penrith will be served by HS2

HS2 trains will serve Oxenholme, Penrith and Carlisle stations. These will become ‘integrated high speed stations’ where passengers can catch HS2 trains and access the high speed network to the South.

HS2 Services in Cumbria

  • Penrith to London*: HS2 time: 138 minutes, current time: 177 minutes
  • Carlisle to London*: HS2 time 154 minutes, current time 195 minutes
  • Oxenholme to Birmingham: HS2 time 79 minutes, current time: 125 minutes
  • Oxenholme to London*:  HS2 time: 115 minutes, Current time 154 minutes

*Via interchange between HS2 services at Preston.

HS2 is integral to local plans to drive business growth

These plans will create jobs and secure investment years before it arrives. The Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership have put in place the Cumbria Infrastructure Plan which recognises the benefits and opportunities provided by being HS2 ready.

Penrith and Oxenholme

The LEP is considering improvements to capitalise on the arrival of HS2 services at Penrith and Oxenholme, with better access and passenger facilities seen as essential. We are working with Cumbria County Council to ensure the county achieves the full potential of HS2. HS2 integration will also help to stimulate the tourism sector.

91 North West businesses have already delivered work on HS2

Over half of all companies delivering work for HS2 are small and medium sized businesses. That number will grow as the pace of construction increases.