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March blog

Tony Potts reported to the annual general meeting: This last year has been one of the most eventful for some time insofar as our local train service is concerned. The introduction of the May 2018 timetable, although giving us a long-awaited Sunday service south of Whitehaven, caused so many problems that the subsequent cancellations, although [...]


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February blog

Tony Potts writes: Our arrival back from Glasgow on 8 February was delayed as all trains were cancelled due to a landslide between Whitehaven and Workington. Virgin Trains staff at Carlisle contacted ARN’s Control who authorized a taxi to take five passengers on to Workington. The suspension of the RMT strike action now that Arriva Trains [...]


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May timetable is now available at https://d2cf7kiw5xizhy.cloudfront.net/images/timetables/2019-04/May-December/Northern_6_booklet_0319_32pp-2.pdf It only operates until 29 June when there are expected to be further changes. Generally most of the missed stops are reinstated and some of the gaps in the December 2018 timetable are filled. Many [...]


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January blog

Tony Potts writes: A happy New Year to all our members. Things have been busy since our December meeting. The continued RMT strikes and the annual fares increase have sparked local media interest to the point of my being interviewed twice by BBC Radio Cumbria, having a request for a statement from the News and Star and from in-Cumbria [...]


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January news

The RMT union has announced more strikes on Saturdays until 16 February. Timetables are usually available by Tuesday for the following Saturday. On the Cumbrian coast there are usually one return journey between Workington and Barrow, one between Whitehaven and Barrow and another two between Millom and Barrow. There is no service between [...]


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December blog

Tony Potts writes: Although talks between Arriva Rail North and the RMT were taking place this week, there is still no sign of the strike action being lifted. Our MP, Trudy Harrison, raised the matter at Prime Minister’s Questions on 7 December, asking the Prime Minister to condemn the RMT action after our local line had suffered 42 days [...]


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December news

The RMT union has announced more strikes on Saturdays until 26 January. Timetables are usually available by Tuesday for the following Saturday. On the Cumbrian coast there are usually two return journeys between Workington and Barrow and another three between Millom and Barrow. In December there is no service between Carlisle and Workington. [...]


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The RMT union has announced more strikes on Saturdays  until 29 December. Timetables are usually available by Tuesday for the following Saturday. On the Cumbrian coast there are usually two return journeys between Workington and Barrow and another between Workington and Whitehaven. In December there is no service between Carlisle and Whitehaven. [...]


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November blog

Tony Potts writes: There have been several disturbing matters recently. The news that the planned Moorside Nugen nuclear plant is unlikely to proceed will obviously mean that much of the associated railway infrastructure (eg a new station at Mirehouse, a longer passing loop at St Bees and a line into the site) will not be installed.  If and [...]


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October blog

Tony Potts writes: David,  Terry and I attended a meeting with Northern at Preston on 26 September and a report is available. On returning, I had an informal discussion at Carlisle with Craig Johnson,  the RMT rep about the current dispute.  He wasn’t optimistic about an early settlement.   Although Virgin trains were disrupted [...]


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