Tony Potts writes:
Part of my interview with Daniel Puddlecombe about our local train service was published in Rail 849 on 28 March, which issue also included a two-page spread by him about the use of Class 68 locos on one locomotive hauled train.
West Cumbria Mining are to hold three open days at the former Haig Museum. These are on 17 May 1400-1900, 18 May 1000-1600 and 19 May 0900-1500.
At the time of writing no end to the current strike action over driver-only trains seems to be in sight. In addition full details of the new timetable from 20 May are awaited, for, although some information has been received, nothing official has come.
A new industrial strategy for Cumbria, published by the Local Enterprise Partnership, entitled Cumbria’s road to prosperity, and in the March 2018 edition of In Cumbria, doesn’t mention the train services at all. However, in the same issue, Copeland MP Trudy Harrison says that with all those people expected to be employed at Moorside and West Cumbria Mining and those from Sellafield being moved into Whitehaven, without road and rail improvements there would be chaos in Copeland.
We have been asked by First Group’s Bid Director for the next West Coast Main Line franchise for our views on this.