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?
Sadly, not yet. Northern is again running a reduced timetable intended for essential users only. For details please follow the links on the timetable page.
Under the current timetable there is no convenient train home to Burneside, Staveley or Windermere for the Queen Katherine School pupils who travel to Kendal by train. Northern has told the Rail User Group that they will continue to run the current amended timetable due to the need to balance the ongoing impact of the COVID pandemic with customer demand. In order to assist schoolchildren returning home to Burneside, Staveley and Kendal, Northern are supporting Queen Katherine School, Kendal to provide a dedicated afternoon bus service from when school resumes on Wednesday 10 March. This service will operate until the 15:23 Kendal to Windermere train service returns to the timetable.
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.
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 was good news for passengers that fares remained at the 2020 levels till March 2021, and there is more about the fare changes in the Spring Bulletin, due to be published at the end of March.
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. 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 will be 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.
There are no pocket timetables for the current Covid service. 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.
Our timetable page includes a digest of changes which affect the May bank holiday weekends. This is based on information as published to 17th April. Please check your train times near the date of travelling.
There are changes from 18th January. Please use the links on the timetable page to find the details for each operator.
When waiting for your train or when travelling, please remember:
Updated 18th April 2021