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.

After the excitement of two weeks of heritage trains on the Lakes Line, welcomed by visitors and locals alike, operated by West Coast Railways from Carnforth, Northern has resumed full operation of the Lakes Line. Since 29th July they have operated the timetable which was tried in May, but collapsed because of numerous problems across their network.  So far there have been very few cancellations, and most of these have been due to problems on the West Coast Main Line, so not in Northern's control.  LLRUG continues to monitor what is happening and we contact Northern whenever things go wrong.  We have just complained about Northern only running two-car trains, even at weekends, when we need at least three to cope with the number of passengers.

Please contact LLRUG if you find the new Northern timetable does not work out.  For more hints about reporting difficulties, see our LLRUG News page.


Our 2018 AGM  on 8th November was a success, with around 40 people present.  Chris Jackson and Craig Harrop outlined what Northern is doing to prevent another meltdown such as we had this last summer, and also why we can be optimistic about improvements to come in 2019.  For more details, see the next Bulletin which we intend to publish in December.


For more information on the continuing RMT strikes please go to the News page.

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 8th January 2019


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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