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December news

Virgin West Coast trains will be affected by strike action on December 15 and 22 and on January 5, 8, 26 and 29. They intend to run hourly London-Glasgow trains. The trains via Birmingham will only run from London-Preston. For Lockerbie, Haymarket or Edinburgh tickets will be accepted on TransPennine Express. There will be limited ticket [...]


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December blog

Tony Potts writes: On 5 December David, Lynette, Nigel, Terry and I attended the Community Rail Liaison Meeting at Blencathra House, Whitehaven. In an attempt to encourage more employees to travel to Sellafield by train, Sellafield Ltd is to give interest-free loans to buy season tickets. An annual season will give the employee 12 weeks’ [...]


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November news

There will be a further strike on Wednesday 8 November. Timetables are similar to previous occasions starting a little later and finishing early with trains mainly between Workington or Whitehaven and Barrow, a few trains from Carlisle supplemented by buses and a couple of connections at Barrow. There are additional Carlisle-Newcastle trains [...]


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November blog

Tony Potts writes: Reliability incidents There was serious disruption to services on 25 October when a DMU hit a traffic cone which, I’m told, had been dropped from the bridge on Mirehouse Road in Whitehaven. This caused damage to the brake pipes meaning that the brakes couldn’t be released. Some five or six hours of disruption followed. Other [...]


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October news

There will be a further strike on Wednesday 8 November. Timetables are not yet available. The RMT union has announced further strikes on Tuesday 3 and Thursday 5 October. Timetables are here. There are more trains than on previous strike days. On the coast trains run from the 0558 Maryport-Barrow mostly from Workington or Whitehaven to Barrow [...]


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October blog

Tony Potts writes: Once again our train service has been disrupted by strike action, this time on two days, 3 and 5 October. An e-mail from Sharon Keith, Northern’s Regional Director, gave some information about what services they planned to run, and expressed disappointment at the fact that the RMT aren’t entering into “meaningful [...]


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September news

The RMT union has announced further strikes on Tuesday 3 and Thursday 5 October. Timetables are here. There are more trains than on previous strike days. On the coast trains run from the 0558 Maryport-Barrow mostly from Workington or Whitehaven to Barrow with the last train the 1530 from Whitehaven. Return trains start at 0600 until 1450. [...]


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September blog

Tony Potts writes: Yet again our train services have been disrupted by strike action from the RMT on September 1 and 4. Northern ran the usual trains between Barrow and Workington/Whitehaven, with buses between there and Carlisle. On 1 September, I was told that the train to Sellafield (two cars) was on time. Checking at Whitehaven on [...]


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August news

RMT strike action has been announced for Friday 1 and Monday 4 September.  Similar timetables apply as for previous strikes with a service ending in the afternoon between Workington or Whitehaven and Barrow and buses north of Workington/Whitehaven. Some trains run from 0609 Workington-Barrow to 1530 Whitehaven-Barrow and 0600 Barrow-Whitehaven [...]


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August blog

Tony Potts writes: After a successful meeting at Millom addressed by Trudy Harrison MP, at least one member of the Sellafield Limited (SL) Train User Group has e-mailed her, had an acknowledgement (19 July) and an answer (24 July). I shall read out the reply. I must stress that the SL train user group is very informal, being simply a list [...]


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