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.
The Autumn Bulletin is now available. If you'd like a copy and aren't yet a member, please download, fill in and send us your application form.
The next committee meeting (members invited to attend) will be held on Wednesday 11th October in the afternoon. we start at 14:30 in the Bryce Institute, Burneside.
Our AGM will be held on 2nd November, starting at 7.15 pm, in Kendal Town Hall. The AGM itself should last about half an hour, and will be followed by our usual public meeting.
Our principal guest speaker will be Simon Shrouder, Rail – Stakeholder Manager at Transport for the North. We are looking forward to hearing from Simon about the role, plans and powers of Transport for the North. In his own words: “I will be happy to explain how we fit in – and exactly what it is we are striving to do between now and 2050!”
The Group was very disappointed to hear, on 17th July, that the Department for Transport has abandoned plans to electrify the line between Oxenholme and Windermere. After hearing the Secretary Of State for Transport tell us in 2013 he was confident the scheme would be approved and up and running for December 2016, then one of his junior ministers confirm £16 million had been set aside for the job, it is a great let-down to learn the scheme has been pulled. Coming so soon after the news that the Lake District had been awarded World Heritage Site status, it is a real blow. We need a truly modern railway to match the expectations of visitors.
'Plug the Lakes Line In'
As part of a Campaign for Better Transport event, there was a joint LLRUG/South Lakes Action on Climate Change photo call at Kendal station on Saturday 9th September at 11:20, to show local concern at the decision.
From 17th September, the first services to/from Windermere will be a train, not bus as shown in some timetables. The train leaves Preston at 10:10, returns from Windermere to Oxenholme at 11:04, the runs back to Windermere at 11:36.
The RMT has announced more strikes on Northern, for 3rd and 5th October. Northern has issued this statement:
'Northern has issued a response to the latest announcement from RMT regarding proposed strike action.
Richard Allan, Northern’s Deputy Managing Director, said: "Northern is modernising local rail with new and refurbished trains, better stations and faster journeys and, while strike action is disruptive, we remain firmly focused on delivering a better service for our customers.
"RMT continues to reject our offers to talk and we are disappointed that the union has called further strike action on Tuesday 3 and Thursday 5 October. We are still prepared to guarantee jobs and current pay for all our conductors for the next eight years.”'
Northern hopes to run many trains despite the strike. For more details check their website.
Updated 2nd October 2017