Millom Town Deal

Millom Town Deal

Millom is at a turning point; an exciting time in its history when unprecedented investment in the town and its infrastructure will bring about real and tangible change; change that will make a positive difference to the lives of its residents for many years to come.

Public invited to view latest plans for The Iron Line project


THE latest plans to sensitively transform a popular Millom beauty spot into an inspirational and fully inclusive, nationally significant visitor attraction will be available to view at a special public drop in session.


Artist’s impressions will accompany an update on various aspects of The Iron Line, a project that proposes to enhance the unique nature reserve at RSPB Hodbarrow following community engagement sessions last year.


When completed, The Iron Line is expected to attract up to 100,000 visits per year.


Robert Morris-Eyton, chair of the Millom Town Deal Board, said: “We were delighted to secure £29.3 million for our four projects last November and we are now in the exciting delivery phase.


“The Iron Line will be transformative for Millom. It will have direct benefits on the health and wellbeing of local residents as the area is enhanced to make it more accessible and inclusive for walking, cycling and exercise.


“And – based on data made available to us – it will deliver a significant financial boost to the town as it attracts visitors and tourists.


“The drop in event will keep residents informed about the scheme as it is further developed based on public feedback and I would encourage as many people as possible to come along to view the progress for themselves.”


The Iron Line scheme will incorporate upgrades to the significant landmarks alongside a new welcome centre which will include a café/bar, retail space and events room and adjacent parking for around 80 vehicles. Upwards of 7km of walking and cycling routes will also be enhanced as part of the project.


The drop in session will be held on Saturday, March 4 at the Millom Guide Hall from 12.30pm-6.30pm.


The Iron Line is one of four projects under the Millom Town Deal.


The other three are:


Activating community health – The creation of a new, multi-purpose community and leisure hub to provide a range of facilities including a swimming pool and 3G pitch.


Reactivating Heritage Buildings – A proposal to significantly enhance Millom Town Centre by bringing derelict, vacant and underused heritage buildings back into active use to increase vitality and footfall.


Connected Millom and Haverigg – Improving Millom’s transport network to create a gateway to the town at the railway station, while transforming cycling and walking infrastructure in both Millom and Haverigg.


For more details about Millom Town Deal, please visit


Notes to Editors


For immediate release.

On July 27, 2019, the Prime Minister announced that the Towns Fund would support an initial 101 places across England to develop Town Deal proposals, to drive economic regeneration and deliver long-term economic and productivity growth. See further details of the announcement: PM speech at Manchester Science and Industry Museum – GOV.UK (

A Town Deal is an agreement in principle between Government, the Lead Council and the Town Deal Board. It will set out a vision and strategy for the town, and what each party agrees to do to achieve this vision. See the 101 places being supported to develop Town Deals: list-of-100-places.pdf (

Each of the 101 towns selected to work towards a Town Deal also received accelerated funding last year for investment in capital projects that would have an immediate impact and help places “build back better” in the wake of Covid-19. View a list of accelerated funding by place: towns-fund-accelerated-funding-grants.pdf (

This release was prepared by 32West on behalf of Copeland Borough Council and the Millom Towns Deal Board. 


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