Why West Cumbria

Welcome to West Cumbria, home to Britain’s Energy Coast.



Located on the north west coast of England, West Cumbria comprises the local authority areas of Allerdale and Copeland and defined by the Duddon Estuary in the south, the Solway Firth to the north, the Irish Sea to the west and the Lake District National Park to the east. Connected by road (M6 & A66), rail (the West Coast Mainline and Cumbria Coast Line), the Port of Workington and air (Carlisle Airport), West Cumbria is in a perfect location to reach national and international markets.

Over the last 200 years, the region’s economy has evolved from the exploitation of iron ore and coal, providing the basis for steel, rail and mining industries to the growth of the chemical sector and latterly the creation of one of the most prominent civil nuclear facilities in the world at Sellafield.

Today, West Cumbria’s rich heritage in the Energy and Nuclear sectors provides opportunities to assist the 100 year programming of decommissioning the legacy nuclear facilities at Sellafield. The development of a high tech manufacturing base in West Cumbria is gearing the region up to capitalise on opportunities to support the potential new nuclear power station to be built at Moorside by NuGen and the additional global opportunities offered by the 'Clean Tech' or low carbon industries.

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