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.


Coronavirus is still affecting rail services. Northern has announced that from 2nd August some services on the Furness Line have been withdrawn, as have all the Lancaster-Morecambe shuttle trains; Morecambe-Lancaster-Leeds services continue.

On the main line both Avanti and TransPennine Expres services have been severely affected, varying from day to day, so please do check your journey plan shortly before travelling if you are using their services.

Northern's new regime is doing better

The decision to take the Northern franchise off Arriva and send in the government's own 'Operator of last resort' in January 2020 has been a success.  Despite the problems of the Covid pandemic, with sudden reductions in services and the problems of staff being off work due to illness or self isolating struck, the Lakes Line has continued to offer a much more reliable service than a couple of years ago. In many ways Northern has been the most reliable operator of the three train companies which serve Oxenholme.  LLRUG welcomes Northern's decision to publish a comprehensive timetable booklet for its services in our area.

However, as with all public transport, passenger numbers, and so income, have fallen and there will no doubt be trouble ahead as the government tries to reduce the cost of its support.

Lakes Line 175  

  LLRUG Treasurer Ian Conway is chairing a group setting up celebrations of the 175th anniversay of the Lakes Line, in September 2021 (to Kendal) and April 2022 (to Windermere).  The Furness Line is also celebrating 175 years, and the joint programme started with their events.

 21st Sept LL175 event at Oxenholme and opening of exhibition in Kendal  Museum

There will be entertainment from the Bryce Street Strummmers, and the RUG Sales Stand will be open for sales of memorabilia from 10.30.  Various guests including Kendal's mayor will arrive during the morning, and there will be speeches marking the event between 11.30 and 12, before a commemorative plaque is unveiled. The Mayor and some of the guests will leave on the 1229 train to travel to Kendal for the opening of the display in Kendal Museum, the Strummers and stall will be around on the station till about 2 pm. 

  Autumn - 2021 – LL roadshow/exhibitions at Burneside Staveley Ladyholme Centre, Windermere 

  Autumn -21 talks and guided walk

  Late April 2022 – final anniversary event at Windermere station

How well do you know the Lakes Line?  Entries for the picture quiz should be returned by noon on sunday 19th.  The winners will be announced at Oxenholme on 21st September.

Try our quiz and you could win:  

1st prize: a Weekend Family Pass for 4 for the entire Northern Network 

2nd prize: a Windermere Lake Cruises Family ticket.

 To enter:

 By post

Send a cheque for £5, payable to the Lakes Line Rail User Group, to

Ian Conway, 30 Chambers Close, KENDAL, LA9 5JE or Dick Smith, 191 Windermere Road, KENDAL, LA9 5EY

 If you could include a stamped address envelope, that would be a big help.

 On line:

Send your fee of £5 to the Lakes Line Rail User Group using these details:

 Account: Virgin Money, sort code 05-05-40      Name: Lakes Line Rail User Group

Account number: 34273005                              Reference: Quiz + your name

Then email info@llrug.co.uk (you can use the link below), and you will receive the documents by email. 

You can send a cheque by post and request the quiz by email if you prefer.

Quiz sheets will be posted or emailed out from 20th August.  All entries must be received by post or email by noon on 19th September 2021. 

The winners will be announced at the LL175 event at Oxenholme station on 21st September 2021.  In the event of a tie for either prize, the winning entries will be drawn at the event.

The quiz is a fund raiser for the events being put on to celebrate 175 years of the Lakes Line.  Please support the Group in this!

Summer Bulletin

This latest edition is now available and has been sent out to members.  If you aren't yet a member but would like to have a copy, please go to the 'Membership' page where you can download a form.


Northern has printed timetable booklets for its North West England services, but not many of them.   Community Rail Cumbria has arranged for a reprint run, and the extra timetables are available at staffed stations in the county.  The timetable booklet covers the Lakes Line (including TPE and Avanti services between Manchester/Preston and Carlisle), the Furness and Cumbrian Coast lines, as well as the Morecambe - Leeds service, the Settle and Carlisle Line, and the cross-country route from Carlisle to Hexham and Newcastle.  Avanti and TPE are not providing printed timetables, and we understand this is in line with Department for Transport guidelines.

When waiting for your train or when travelling, Northern still requests:


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 16th September 2021


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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