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 latest Bulletin is at the printers. 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.
Our next meeting will be on Monday 24th April at the Burnside Hotel, Bowness on Windermere. More details will be posted when confirmed.
Following the first strike by RMT members on 13th March, a further stoppage has been called for Saturday 8th April. Northern has no plans for any trains on the Lakes Line, but we understand they plan to arrange replacement buses.
Updated 31st March 2017