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 summer 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.
Our next meeting is on Monday 4th September at the Burnside Hotel in Bowness on Windermere.
Thanks to all who turned up for our successful and enjoyable coffee morning in Staveley, either to help or just to have the coffee. The Sales Stand was at Staveley on 18th June too, for the Carnival.
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 minister 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.
Updated 27th July 2017