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.
Update: Northern managed to increase the daytime train from a 2-car unit to 3-car from 5th September, as the training programme for the drivers on the class 153 units was finished a day or two earlier than expected. Since the door problems on the first day of 3-car working, reliability has been good, and the Group welcomes the increased number of seats available to our passengers.
Photo: the 11:19 from Oxenholme arrives at Windermere on 14th September. It consists of a 2-car class 156 and single car 153 unit.
On Wednesday 2nd November we held our AGM. Our Winter Bulletin reports on this.
The latest Bulletin has now been sent out to members. If you are not a member yet, and would like a copy of the bulletin, please download a membership leaflet and join us.
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.
When we find out what the situation is, we'll update this news page.
Windermere Christmas market
Windermere hosted a brand new German-style Christmas Market on 10th & 11th December. LLRUG was pleased to help Northern with its Santa arrangements. Santa travelled to Windermere by train, handing out some 'Northern' gifts, and the Rail User Group Stales Stand was at Windermere station. Thanks to Jane Murray at Northern for including us in this fun event.
Our next meeting will be on Friday 3rd March in Staveley. More details will be posted when confirmed.
Fares go down!
Some fares on the Lakes Line have gone down for 2017. Mainly these are 7-day season tickets, so most useful for people who use the line to go to and from work. As an example, a Windermere to Kendal weekly season cost £25.20 this year, down from £26.50 last. An Anytime Day Return for this journey remains at last year's price of £6.30.
Northern has extended its discounted tickets for schoolchildren travelling to Queen Katherine or Kirkby Kendal schools to include 16-18 year olds, at least for a trial period till the end of the summer term. The two schools have all the details, and the application forms.
Updated 19th January 2017