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 all our services have been run by 3-car class 195 trains - in theory. Sadly the new trains are suffering from problems and, especially at weekends, we have had the older ones back again.
RMT strike action and ASLEF agreement.
The RMT strike is still 'suspended'. We hope this is a sign it will be formally ended soon. Talks under the chairmanship of ACAS continue.
The temporary agreement between Northern and ASLEF, the train drivers' union, has expired. This is leading to lots of problems on Sundays, and affects our trains. We had not expected to have to complain so often to Northern, but we do, by sending a detailed record of what has happened. Sadly, there is a further problem as the late delivery of new trains means Northern still has lots of drivers to train, which also is leading to cancellations.
As mentioned above, the new trains are also suffering from unreliability. Don't forget that if your journey is delayed by either strike action, lack of crew or a broken down train you can use the Delay Repay scheme to get some or all of your fare back.
Updated 3rd October 2019