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Tony Potts writes: The Community Rail Partnership meeting planned for 4 September was cancelled as few people were able to attend. Dawn has asked for people who wish to be involved in the consultation over the refurbishment of Carlisle Station to be in touch. Northern had a 80,000 10p tickets for sale on line this month, which sold out very [...]


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August blog

Tony Potts writes: Our local MP, Trudy Harrison, has published a magazine, “View from Copeland” in which she mentions CRUG as part of her article on the introduction of Sunday train services. Our local line was unaffected by the recent heatwave, unlike both East and West coast main lines, On 30 July I took the train from Parton [...]


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Tony Potts writes: The Community Rail Fair at Carlisle on 8 June did not produce any new members for us, but I was able to talk to other groups, such as the Lakes Line. In addition, my wife brought two of our grandchildren who enjoyed the opportunity to sit in the driving seat of the DRS loco on show. given by Gary Brogan, Director, Rail North [...]


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June blog

Tony Potts writes: Northern have announced that the penalty fare system will apply to this line with effect from 30 June. The current TVM will have the appropriate software installed from that date so that passengers who do not have a credit or debit card can obtain a Promise to Pay ticket so that they can buy a travel ticket on the train [...]


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May blog

Tony Potts writes: On Easter Sunday 21 April Audrey and I travelled from Birmingham New Street back to Workington. The first part of the journey was by a relatively new LNWR electric to Crewe, then bus to Preston. The bus developed a steering fault and had to be replaced at a motorway service area. Another bus took us to Preston, but we had [...]


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April blog

Tony Potts writes: Details of the new timetable for Route 6 are now available. From what I have seen, most of the stations which were omitted from some trains have now been reinstated. Whether the lifting of the temporary speed restrictions between Bootle and Silecroft since the recent track renewal has helped with this I don’t know. Network [...]


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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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Buses will replace trains between Millom and Sellafield on 20 October, and between Barrow and Millom on 27 October and 3 November. Buses will also be in operation between Millom and Sellafield on 10, 17 and 24 November, and on 1 December.  My Cumbria cards https://mycumbriacard.co.uk/ now give a 34% discount on tickets after 0900 Monday [...]


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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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