Along with the new franchisee we now have, sadly, many older class 156 units working our services instead of the class 185s we have seen since 2006. The Bulletin has details, and explains why the change isn't Northern's fault, but a consequence of decisions taken before the franchise change.
The Group has found itself having to contact Northern management regularly about cancelled trains and the disruption they cause. We continue to monitor what is happening, but if you have been delayed by a cancellation on the Lakes Line, please let us know using the general enquiries address below.
Rumour or fact?
Recently there has been news that electrification between Oxenholme and Windermere has been put back into Network Rail's 'Control period 6', which runs from April 2019 to March 2024. We are trying to find out where this news has come from, and if it is accurate. On Friday 11th November Transport Minister Paul Maynard managed a meeting with representatives of the Rail User Group and the CRP by courtesy of Westmorland Conservatives. When we asked him about a date for getting the wires up, he answered we should hear in March 2017, when the next update on electrification is due from Network Rail.
We are still waiting. The general election on 8th June has been given as the reason for the delay.
Our next meeting will be on Friday 21st July in the Bryce Institute, Burneside, starting at 2.30 pm.
Thanks to all who turned up for our successful and enjoyable coffee morning in Staveley, either to help or just to have the coffee. The Sales Stand is at Staveley on 18th June too, for the Carnival.
On Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th LLRUG members and other supporters of the Community Rail Partnership will be on the trains counting and interviewing passengers. We look forward to meeting you!
Updated 17th June 2017