Galliford Try has a £9.5m contract for the roof works and Story Rail has been selected for the £5.2m platform works.
The original roof dates back to 1847. The new one will be made of ETFE (ethene-co-tetrafluoroethene), the same material used on the roofs of the new Manchester Victoria and Birmingham New Street stations, to let in more natural light.
Network Rail has worked with Historic England and Carlisle City Council to plan the refurbishment while protecting the station’s listed building status. No train services will be affected and all areas of work will take place behind hoardings.
Network Rail area director Terry Strickland said: “Carlisle station is impressive and historic but its large roof is showing its age and is in need of significant repair. This investment, part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, will protect it for decades to come. Together with the improved platforms, the station’s environment will be much more pleasant for passengers and provide them with a better start or end to their journeys.”
Work starts on site on 30th November 2015 and the roof refurbishment will take up to 15 months to complete. Story’s work on the platforms will start once Galliford Try has finished the roof. The platforms are expected to be completed in February 2018.