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?

As we leave 2020 and look forward to something nearer normal in 2021 our service has settled down.  As a rule we have 3 coach trains on the Lakes Line, and under the timetable introduced on 13th December we again have four through services each way between Manchester Airport and Windermere.

LLRUG member David Dockray photographed unit 195 106 leaving Burneside for Kendal on 31st December 2020.

Northern settles into the new regime

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.

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.  It's good news for passengers that fares will remain at the 2020 levels till March 2021.

Lakes Line 175

LLRUG Treasurer 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.

Winter Bulletin

The Bulletin was finished in time for distribution before Christmas. It is membership renewal time again, and you can download a form from the membership page.


Northern has told us they are printing paper timetables, just for the three Cumbrian lines.  There won't be many, so hurry if you want to find one!  Our Community Rail Partnership intends to publish its own Lakes Line guide again, but is waiting till the pandemic situation looks more settled before going to print.


There are changes from 18th January.  Please use the links on the timetable page to find the details for each operator, or got to our gallery page, scroll down and click 'empty heading' under submenu, and you'll find out news page.  Yes, we need a webmaster who is better at website amendments than the Bulletin editor!  If interested, do get in touch.

When travelling, please remember:

Group contacts

Chairman                   Robert Talbot             chairman@llrug.co.uk
Secretary                   Malcolm Conway       secretary@llrug.co.uk
Treasurer                   Ian Conway                treasurer@llrug.co.uk                   
General enquiries      Dick Smith                

 Updated 14th January 2021


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LAKES LINE RAIL USER GROUP Secretary Malcolm Conway 58 Greengate Lane, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5LL Telephone: 01539 725995
For General Enquiries Email: info@llrug.co.uk