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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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May timetable is now available at https://d2cf7kiw5xizhy.cloudfront.net/images/timetables/2019-04/May-December/Northern_6_booklet_0319_32pp-2.pdf Engineering work on 26 May means there will be no trains north of Maryport and buses between Carlisle and Workington. For timetable see file:///C:/Users/david/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/7BFNMV8M/Alteration%20notice%20Week%2009%20(25%20-%2031%20May).pdf [...]


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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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