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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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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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