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July news

The RMT union have called off the strike on Saturday 21 July. However there may be disruption to services on Sunday 15 July. Despite the poor strike timetable otherwise services are stabilising generally with few cancellations now on either the Cumbrian coast or Furness lines though it is still worth checking before setting off especially [...]


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July blog

Tony Potts writes: On 14 June I attended the TravelWatch North West meeting at Blackpool’s Solaris Centre. Although no-one from Arriva was there, I took the opportunity to ask the Network Rail (NR) representative about the situation here in west Cumbria. He replied that the Cumbrian coast is very dear to him as he was involved with [...]


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June news

There will be further RMT strikes on 19, 21 and 23 June. Timetable details  are here. . On Tuesday and Thursday generally services on the coast are poorer than the last strike with some early trains or buses but very early finishes (eg 1450 north from Barrow and 1600 from Carlisle to Whitehaven). There are some buses between Whitehaven and [...]


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Tony Potts writes: The introduction of the new timetable on 20 May last has not caused as many problems locally as elsewhere. The emergency timetable from 4 June has not seen us lose any trains. I travelled on the first (0947) train from Whitehaven to Barrow on 20 May and wrote a report -for our newsletter. Contrary to fears expressed locally [...]


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May news

The RMT union have announced a further strike on 24 and 26 May – timetable details for Thursday are here. Generally services on the coast are similar to the last strike with reasonable early trains or buses but very early finishes (eg 1450 north from Barrow and 1600 from Carlisle to Whitehaven). Many services north of Whitehaven are [...]


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Tony Potts writes: On 17 April I caught the 1608 train from Corkickle to collect my car from Workington. All went well, until, on the single line between Parton and Harrington, the loco lost power and came to a halt. The driver tried to reset matters but to no avail. As the electricity was off, the toilets wouldn’t flush. After several [...]


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April news

The RMT union have announced a further strike on 9 May. Timetable details will follow later. Northern have announced that there will be Sunday services between Barrow and Carlisle and additional evening trains from 20 May. This is not the full service promised but a considerable move towards it. Times are available on National Rail. Timetables [...]


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April blog

Tony Potts writes: Part of my interview with Daniel Puddlecombe about our local train service was published in Rail 849 on 28 March, which issue also included a two-page spread by him about the use of Class 68 locos on one locomotive hauled train. West Cumbria Mining are to hold three open days at the former Haig Museum. These are on 17 May [...]


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March news

Northern have announced that there will be Sunday services between Barrow and Carlisle and additional evening trains from 20 May. This is not the full service promised but a considerable move towards it. Full timetables will be available on 7 April. There will also be four return Barrow-Manchester Airport and one Windermere-Manchester Piccadilly [...]


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Tony reported to the annual general meeting: Although there have been disappointments, such as delays and cancellations and the continuing RMT strikes, several positive items have emerged during the last twelve months. The problems caused by the unreliability of the locomotive-hauled (LHCS) trains have been partially resolved by the substitution [...]


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