Northern has further RMT strike action on 8, 10 and 12 January. Details of which services will run or be replaced by buses should be available around new year but it is likely to follow recent patterns with trains mainly between 0700 and 1900 including Sellafield commuter trains, with a reduced service between Barrow and Whitehaven and trains, buses or a combination from Whitehaven to Carlisle.
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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
Arriva Rail Northern took over the franchise in April 2016. Included 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
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 Sunday buses have been withdrawn between Whitehaven and Millom but we are now promised Sunday trains by May 2018
- 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) again promised for May 2018
- 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 have 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) – we are promised all refurbished diesel units by December 2019
- 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 at 1350 at Seascale Methodist church hall on Gosforth road (100m from the station) and all members are very welcome. However the annual general meeting will be on 24 March (not 10 March).
Our annual general meeting is the March meeting
We have a regular members’ newsletter