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Welcome to the Copeland Rail Users’ Group (CRUG)

promoting the Cumbrian coastal line (Barrow in Furness-Whitehaven-Carlisle) since 2004

We campaign to preserve and improve local services in cooperation with Northern, Cumbria County Council  and the Community Rail Partnership

The new franchise holder Arriva Rail Northern took over in April 2016. Included in their franchise are the former TransPennine routes from Barrow and Windermere to Manchester Airport.

We have been part of the successful introduction of ‘Harrington humps’ to make stations more accessible

Harrington Hump

Hump at Harrington

We have negotiated better connections in Carlisle, Barrow, Carnforth and Lancaster

We have successfully lobbied for increased services including the introduction of a fourth Sunday service between Carlisle and Whitehaven and a later train from Barrow

Our top priorities for the future are:

  • a Sunday service between Whitehaven and Barrow with improvements north to Carlisle – this is the only major line in the country without Sunday trains which severely limits use by residents and tourists. Sunday buses have been withdrawn between Whitehaven and Millom but we are now promised Sunday trains by December 2017
  • evening services between Whitehaven and Millom – the last train north from Barrow is at 1830 which means that the latest connection from London is 1430 making a day trip impossible and from Manchester 1616 (though this is an hour later than last year)
  • customer information at unstaffed stations – mobile phone reception is poor at many stations leaving passengers not knowing if trains are late or cancelled – some screens are now being installed but not so far at all stations
  • more through trains to Newcastle and to Lancaster and Preston – there is currently one train a day from Newcastle, one to Preston and none from Preston with two more through trains to and from Lancaster
  • more trains stopping at Braystones and Nethertown – although request stops, only four trains a day will stop on weekdays despite these villages losing their bus service
  • better and newer trains – we mostly have either Sprinter diesel trains or now even older and slower locomotive hauled carriages (though these are comfortable and with a good view despite access being a problem)
  • improved toilets at Sellafield – there is currently a single antiquated toilet for this busy station

If you share our hopes please join our 100 other members

Membership costs £5 a year for individuals and £10 for groups

We meet on the second Saturday in the month (though the December meeting will be on 3rd not 10th) at 1345 at Seascale Methodist church hall on Gosforth road (100m from the station) and all members are very welcome. There is no meeting in September but the West Cumberland Railway Museum at St Bees has invited us for a visit on Saturday 24 September at 1415 (maximum 20 people). From the station turn right on Main Street and it is five minutes up the hill on the left at no 24.



Our annual general meeting is the March meeting

We have a regular members’ newsletter