Welcome to the Lakes Line Rail User Group Website. Here you will be able to find information about the Lakes Line, details about the group, membership and much more...
The Lakes Line runs from Oxenholme station on the West Coast Main Line through the ancient market town of Kendal, and the villages of Burneside and Staveley, to the bustling town of Windermere, poised above England’s longest lake.
Back to normal?
Almost! Since the May timetable change Northern has returned to almost the normal Lakes Line timetable. The only exception is the mid-evening train which used to run at about 20:20 from Oxenholme to Windermere and back. This train is cut due to staffing problems.
In contrast to Northern neither Avant nor TransPennine Express has returned to its full timetable, so the usual advice applies:check your journey plans using either links from our Timetable page, or national Rail Enquiries.
LLRUG member David Dockray photographed unit 195 106 leaving Burneside for Kendal on 31st December 2020.
Northern's new regime is doing better
The decision to take the Northern franchise off Arriva and send in the government's own 'Operator of last resort' in January 2020 has been a success. Despite the problems of the Covid pandemic, with sudden reductions in services and the problems of staff being off work due to illness or self isolating struck, the Lakes Line has continued to offer a much more reliable service than a couple of years ago. In many ways Northern has been the most reliable operator of the three train companies which serve Oxenholme. LLRUG welcomes Northern's decision to publish a comprehensive timetable booklet for tis services in our area.
However, as with all public transport, passenger numbers, and so income, have fallen and there will no doubt be trouble ahead as the government tries to reduce the cost of its support.
Lakes Line 175
LLRUG Treasurer Ian Conway is chairing a group setting up celebrations of the 175th anniversay of the Lakes Line, in September 2021 (to Kendal) and April 2022 (to Windermere). We'll post updates as their plans develop. At present a lot of energy is going into making alternative plans for events, as we don't know what the Covid situation will be when the anniversaries come around.
This latest edition is now available and has been sent out to members. If you aren't yet a member but would like to have a copy, please go to the 'Membership' page where you can download a form.
Northern has printed timetable booklets for its North West England services, but not many of them. At the time of writing Oxenholme and Windermere stations have some. The timetable booklet covers the Lakes Line (including TPE and Avanti services between Nabchester/preston and Carlisle), the Furness and cumbrian Coast lines, as well as the Morecambe - Leeds service, the Steele and carlisle Line, and the cross-country route from Carlisle to Hexham and Newcastle. Avanti and TPE are not providing printed timetables,and we understand this is in line with Department for Transport guidelines.
May Bank Holidays
If you used the train over the bank holidays you may have seen LLRUG members observing how many people were on the trains at peak times. We have sent a report to our three operators. Several trains were very full, with passengers standing inthe vestibules of all three coaches.
We are grateful to Northern for putting three-car trains on Lakes Line services over the last bank holiday weekend, at a time when they are short of trains because of cracks in suspension units. The Group had asked Nothern to do this, and we thank them for listening and reacting.
When waiting for your train or when travelling, please remember:
Updated 8th June 2021