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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 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 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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October news

The RMT union has announced more strikes on Saturdays 6, 13, 20 and 27 October and 3 and 10 November. 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 with six or seven buses between [...]


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September news

The RMT union has announced more strikes on Saturdays 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 September and 6, 13 and 20 October. Timetables are usually available by Tuesday for the following Saturday. On 25 August on the Cumbrian coast there were two return journeys between Workington and Barrow with six or seven buses between Carlisle and Whitehaven connecting [...]


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September blog

Tony Potts writes: There seems to be no end in sight to the RMT dispute with Northern over the presence of guards on trains, despite Merseyrail settling.  According to a report in August’s In Cumbria the first steps have been taken in a business case for improvement to our local line, which has been submitted to the Department for Transport. [...]


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August news

The RMT union has announced more strikes on Saturdays 25 August, 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 September. Timetables are usually available by Tuesday for the following Saturday. On 25 August on the Cumbrian coast there were two return journeys between Workington and Barrow with six or seven buses between Carlisle and Whitehaven connecting with the trains. [...]


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August blog

Tony Potts writes: The RMT strike planned for 21 July was suspended pending talks with Northern about a process for reconvening talks around proposals to set up a joint working party to consider a range of proposals on the deployment of on-board staff, including a specific option of retaining a second safety-critical person on board all Arriva [...]


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