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Lakes Line Timetable

The timetable is part of booklet 6, which you can find at:  https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/travel/timetables

and scroll down to route 06, current timetable.

See the note below for the situation during the Covid-19 emergency.

Bulletin

 The Spring Bulletin is now available.  It includes updates on LLRUG activities, and our 'Framework' which sets out the Group's aspirations for the Lakes Line and the level of service we want to see. To make sure of your copy, join the Group using the membership form on this website. if you think it is worth fighting for more trains on the Lakes Line, for stations which offer more facilites, we would like your support.

Our summer Bulletin is being prepared and we hope to publish by the end of June.

 Collecting tickets bought on line

If you buy tickets using your computer, you can collect them at Kendal or Burneside or Staveley.  Don't be put off when you can't find 'our' three unstaffed stations in the list, it's just that they haven't been added yet; apparently the train companies only use the station name you choose for some statistic or other.  If you leave the box blank it doesn't matter.

We have recently heard from Northern that they have found what the problem is; it is a legacy of our stations being run by Transpennine Express.  This shows one of the faults in the current franchising system, that a change of operator can simply miss some stations out of information upgrades. Northern's IT staff are working through the problem.

Covid-19

The train operators have announced that, to protect conductors and passengers from close contact, they will not be selling tickets on trains while the Covid-19 emergency lasts.  Tickets should be bought at machines, or on line, or as e-tickets on your mobile phone.      

The rail operators are offering refunds for advance tickets.  Please see the appropriate company website for details if you think you could benefit from these concessions. 

Services through Oxenholme during the emergency period   

 Avanti West Coast introduces a new timetable on 18th May.  For details, check with National Rail Enquiries or go to  

  https://www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/help-and-support/coronavirus-travel-information where you can download the timetable.   

In order to conform to social distancing guidelines, Avanti will limit the number of passengers it carries.  It advises you book before you travel to be sure of being allowed onto the train.

TransPennine Express 

Again, a new timetable from 18th May, and also the warning that capacity will be limited in order to maintain social distancing.

For details of the timetables, go to https://tpexpress.co.uk/travel-updates/corona-virus-travel-info

 Northern   

A new Monday - Saturday timetable starts on 18th May.  This has Oxenholme departures at: 

0616, 0729, 0827, 1018 (A), 1218 (A), 1418 (A), 1618 (A), 1818 (A), 1922, 2018, 2117 (SX) and 2222 (SX). 

From Windermere trains leave at: 

0642, 0756, 0914 (A), 1110 (A), 1307 (A), 1512 (A), 1710 (A), 1856 (A), 1948, 2042 (SO) or 2044 (SX) and 2247 (SX). 

Key: A = to or from Manchester Airport

SX = Mondays - Fridays only, SO = Saturdays only

Some of the other trains start from or run to Lancaster or Preston, others simply shuttle between Windermere and Oxenholme.

For more details go to Northern's key worker timetables at https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/key-worker-timetables

or check on Journey Planner. 

Like Avanti and TPE, Northern will limit the number of people on its trains; their website says there will be capacity for "around 15 to 20" people per carriage, as the trains are primarily intended for use by Key Workers. 

All our trains are scheduled to be formed of 3 carriages, which so far has meant no crowding during the Key Worker timetables.  

From 15th June the message from Northern to passengers is:

 

This photo by David Dockray shows 0903 from Windermere to Manchester Airport at Birk Hagg on 7th May, a great picture with the bonus of Kendal Castle in the background. Unusually, this train had 4 carriages.

Updated 21st June

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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