BARROW’S railway station is among those to receive a cash boost for upgrades from Network Rail.

The rail infrastructure body announced £1.2m in funding which will be used to improve “passenger experience” at stations across the county

The investment was welcomed by Cumbria’s transport chief.

The money will be shared between other stations in the county, including at Windermere, and will be used to upgrade information screens, toilets and waiting areas.

However, Robert Parker, of the Furness Line Action Group said the money would be better spent elsewhere.

He said: “Any extra money to upgrade our railway station is always welcome.

“But I don’t see the need for better seating and waiting areas, revamped toilet facilities or new customer information screens at Barrow or Windermere.

“The money will only go so far and would better spent on other stations and other upgrades.”

Mr Parker said many of the platforms along the Furness line were too low, meaning passengers could only get off trains at their centre, and says money would be better spent on them instead.

Cllr Keith Little, portfolio holder for highways and transport at Cumbria County Council, said: “Last year’s rail disruption had a severe impact on Cumbrian commuters and businesses.

“These much-needed station improvements are very welcome as is a reliable and effective service that meets the needs of passengers. I’m looking forward to seeing the enhancements over the coming months.”

New vertical touch screens were recently brought in for passengers to buy and collect tickets at Barrow’s railway station.

Other stations set to benefit include Workington, Whitehaven, Sellafield, Burneside and Staveley .

The Mail asked Network Rail for more information on the timeframe, and for specific details about what will be happening at Barrow, but did not receive a response.