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.
Coronavirus is still affecting rail services. Northern has announced that from 2nd August some services on the Furness Line have been withdrawn, as have all the Lancaster-Morecambe shuttle trains; Morecambe-Lancaster-Leeds services continue.
On the main line both Avanti and TransPennine Expres services have been severely affected, varying from day to day, so please do check your journey plan shortly before travelling if you are using their services.
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 Avanti 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.
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 its 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). The Furness Line is also celebrating 175 years, and the joint programme starts with their events.
July to 10th Sept – FR roadshows along Furness and Cumbrian Coast Line
21st Sept – LL175 event at Oxenholme and opening of exhibition in Kendal Museum
Autumn - 2021 – LL roadshow/exhibitions at Burneside – Staveley – Ladyholme Centre, Windermere
Autumn -21 – talks and guided walk
· End of April 2022 – final anniversary event at Windermere station
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. Community Rail Cumbria has arranged for a reprint run, and the extra timetables are available at staffed stations in the county. The timetable booklet covers the Lakes Line (including TPE and Avanti services between Manchester/Preston and Carlisle), the Furness and Cumbrian Coast lines, as well as the Morecambe - Leeds service, the Settle 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, Northern requests:
|General enquiries||Dick Smith|