Next meeting

Our next committee meeting (open to members) will be held on Monday 19th November at 7.30 pm, in Windermere.  Venue: Probably the Council Offices, but this will be confirmed nearer the date.

Lakes Line Timetable

Northern is now running the timetable introduced on 20th May but abandoned soon after.  For the latest timetable, go to:


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 :


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.

Electrification pulled

LLRUG continues to press for the electrification, and we are not alone.  The CRP, Cumbria Tourism, County Council, the Local Enterprise Partnership and many other bodies want this too.

Line closure at Bolton

If you are travelling at weekends, and would normally use the line between Preston and Bolton, do check your journey. 
In a bid to get this work finished Network Rail is using weekend closures to gain time.
On 19th September talks at ACAS to find a solution to the dispute between Northern and the RMT over the role
of conductors broke down.  RMT has now announced the series of Saturday strikes will continue till December 29th, with the result that there will be much reduced train service from Northern.
There may be changes from one Saturday to the next, so the advice is to check on Northern's website (https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/strike) and scroll down to 'timetables'.  You want N38 for the Lakes Line.
For Saturday 17th only buses are on the timetable.
If you are making an early getaway, this information may be of use:
Saturday mornings on strike days
For the continuing period of strikes affecting Northern Railways and its passengers between Oxenholme and Windermere, there is alternative public transport from Windermere to Kendal and Oxenholme before the trains start. Stagecoach 555 departs from outside Windermere Railway Station (through from Grasmere) at 07:27, arriving at Kendal Blackhall Rd at 07:48; at 07:55 No.41 service departs from the Bus Station arriving Oxenholme Station at 08:08.  This drops passengers off on the right side of the road near to the Oxenholme Station underpass entrance, and has connections for:

08:13 TPE train to Manchester
08:22 VT service to Edinburgh
08:24 VT service to London
08:32 TPE train to Glasgow

Unfortunately, railway tickets are not valid on Stagecoach Buses.

 The Autumn Bulletin is now available.  To make sure of your copy, join the Group using the membership form on this website.

 Oxenholme Station car parks.

 Virgin Trains will be installing Automatic Number Plate Recognition equipment at their car parks at Oxenholme from 10th October.  When the equipment is up and running, there will be no barriers on the parks, and VT claim it will be easier to pay. A pay machine has been installed in the subway.

Disappointed schoolchildren

Local residents may well have heard of the problem on Friday 12th October, when a group of 60 primary school children from Windermere could not make their planned journey to Staveley, part of a WW2 history project.  They were in period costume, and some parents, also costumed, had come to wave them off as if they were being evacuated.  Unfortunately they were disappointed to find their train did not run due to lack of a conductor and despite an offer of bus transport from Stagecoach, they returned to school.

LLRUG is trying to find out just why this good idea went wrong.  We know that a lot of Northern staff were not in their normal places that morning because of a track problem in Manchester, so there was much hurried rearrangement of staff, but we feel that Northern should have tried much harder to make sure that this train did run.  It's no way to encourage greater use of the railway.

 Updated 16th November 2018 





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LAKES LINE RAIL USER GROUP Secretary Malcolm Conway 58 Greengate Lane, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5LL Telephone: 01539 725995
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