Passengers in Cumbria are being advised to plan their journeys during Barrow-in-Furness station’s major subway upgrade later this month.

Between Friday 28 February and Monday 2 March, and overnight on Saturday 7 until Sunday 8 March, engineers will work to replace the passenger subway between Platforms 1 and 2.

The £2.4m Great North Rail Project investment will see the old, uninviting subway replaced with a cleaner, brighter route for passengers to move around the station.

The upgrade means the railway will need to be closed over both weekends with a bus replacement service in operation to keep passengers moving.

Nathaly Oshodin, scheme project manager at Network Rail, said: “We understand there’s never a good time to close the railway and while this work will be disruptive for passengers, these much-needed improvements will greatly improve Barrow-in-Furness station.

“We urge people to check www.nationalrail.co.uk if they plan to travel over these two weekends while this renewal as part of the Great North Rail Project takes place.”

Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, said: “We’re committed to delivering a better railway for our customers – whether it's new trains, refurbished trains or improved stations – and the work being carried out by Network Rail is a vital part of this.

“The new subway will give Barrow customers a much better station environment and I’d like to thank them in advance for their patience during the improvements.”

Passengers travelling over the affected weekends are being given the following advice:

  • plan ahead
  • leave more time for their journeys between Ulverston and Millom
  • check before they travel with their train operator or National Rail Enquiries at www.nationalrail.co.uk.