Welcome to the Lakes Line Rail User Group Website. Here you will be able to find information about the Lakes Line, details about the group, membership and much more...

The Lakes Line runs from Oxenholme station on the West Coast Main Line through the ancient market town of Kendal, and the villages of Burneside and Staveley, to the bustling town of Windermere, poised above England’s longest lake.

Our new trains are here.

On 1st July two of the new class 195 trains ran some of the services on the Lakes Line.  The Group was delighted to see these long-promised trains. Member David Dockray caught this one at Black Moss on 6th July.  Since the formal launch at Windermere on 21st August more and more of our services have been run by 3-car class 195 trains , and since Chiristmas anything else has been a rarity.

 Early end to the franchise

On 30th January the government announced that from 1st March the franchise would be taken from Northern and put into the management of the Department for Transport's own 'operator of last resort'.  LLRUG is neither for nor against nationisation or privatisation; the important thing is that the Lakes Line operator provides the proper service.  The Group will monitor the new operator just as it has the old Northern, and continue to contact the management when things go wrong.

The Group is pleased to welcome Nick Donovan as the new MD of Northern.  Nick was the very successful manager of the last years of the initial Transpennine Express franchise (which finished in 2016) and got to know the Lakes Line well.


Please go to our News page for more information.

Group contacts

Chairman                   Robert Talbot             chairman@llrug.co.uk
Secretary                   Malcolm Conway       secretary@llrug.co.uk
Treasurer                   Ian Conway                treasurer@llrug.co.uk                   
General enquiries      Dick Smith                

 Updated 28th March 2020


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LAKES LINE RAIL USER GROUP Secretary Malcolm Conway 58 Greengate Lane, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5LL Telephone: 01539 725995
For General Enquiries Email: info@llrug.co.uk