Lakes Line Timetable
Northern's timetable changed on 9th December. In fact very little has changed, both because Northern is still recovering from its meltdown in the summer, and also many of the problems which meant they couldn't run the proposed May timetable are still around. The timetable is part of booklet 6, which you can find at:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 (email@example.com) then it makes sure they know about the disruption being caused.
The Spring Bulletin is now available. To make sure of your copy, join the Group using the membership form on this website.
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.
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.