LLRUG News

Lakes Line Timetable

Northern's timetable changed on 19th May.  This time there are significant changes.  We have four daily trains each way between Windermere and Manchester Airport.  Unfortunately, because Northern has been let down by the maker of its new trains which can manage 100 mph, the timetable has been set for 90 mph rolling stock.  This means that sometimes our train has to wait at a station on the West Coast Main Line to be overtaken by faster ones, so the end-to-end journey time is not as good as we had hoped.  The good news is that the small problem with the new trains has been sorted out and there should be enough of them in use by December for the journey times to be reduced.  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.

If your journey is affected by a cancellation of a train or replacement bus, please let us know (info@llrug.co.uk).  If possible, please also send a copy to Community Rail Cumbria :

(https://www.communityrailcumbria.co.uk/contact-us/)

who will make sure it reaches the Lakes Line CRP.  If you also copy in Northern's Contact Centre (enquiries@northernrailway.co.uk) then it makes sure they know about the disruption being caused.

Bulletin

 The Summer Bulletin is now available and includes a centre spread of pictures of the very first new class 195 to work on the lakes Line.  There's also more information about penalty fares, and an update on what the volunteers have been doing along the line. To make sure of your copy, join the Group using the membership form on this website.

 Oxenholme Station car parks.

 Virgin Trains has installed Automatic Number Plate Recognition equipment at their car parks at Oxenholme. The new payment system is up and running. Users are allowed 20 minutes free to drop off or pick up passengers.

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 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.

Penalty Fares

From 30th June Northern will extend its penalty fares regime to the Lakes Line.  The best way of avoiding a penalty fare is to buy your ticket before you board, either at a ticket machine, or using the app on your smartphone.  If you can't use the machine, you need a 'Promise to Pay' ticket (from the machine) to show the conductor where you got on, when you buy your ticket.  For full details go to:

www.northernrailway.co.uk/penalty-fares

The West Coast Railways service is back!

Well, it was.  For two glorious days the Lakes Line enjoyed a rail service when otherwise only buses called at Oxenholme station.  Thanks to West coast Railways we had six trains each way during the day, supplemented by Northern's rail replacement bus service.  Once again LLRUG members stewarded on the trains, welcoming visitors as they did on the other holiday days when the normal trains ran. 

We are urging Northern to arrange a better replacement service over the May Day bank holiday.  we have also pointed out to the train operators where there plans didn't work out over Easter, such as the 9-coach Pendolino on the first through service to London on Easter Monday - when there were about 3200 passengers waiting at Oxenholme.  LLRUG had warned Virgin Trains it would need the 11 coach Pendolinos on trains such as this which are always busy.

 Updated 7th July 2019  
 

 

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