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RMT have another strike day on Saturday 3 March. Timetables in summary are seven buses each way from Carlisle to Workington from 0646 to 1715 (the last to Whitehaven) and six back from Workington from 0843 to 1942. There are six trains each way from Workington to Barrow (0826-1726) and return (0655-1732) with ten minute connections at Workington. [...]


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February blog

Tony Potts writes: On 2 February David and I attended the Community Rail drop-in meeting at Carlisle. We were able to speak to Christopher Winfield from Network Rail, who told us that the May timetable change would be delayed for some eight weeks as the delays to the Manchester-Bolton-Preston electrification have meant that the introduction [...]


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Northern has further RMT strike action on 8, 10 and 12 January. In summary Cumbrian coast trains mainly run between Workington or Whitehaven and Barrow with very limited connections to Lancaster. There are mostly buses between Whitehaven or Workington and Carlisle. On other routes there is one early bus from Carlisle to Dumfries in addition [...]


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January blog

Tony Potts writes: I regret I am unable to attend this meeting as I shall be returning from the East Lancashire Railway after my Class 40 driving experience course. I shall give a report as soon as possible on my return. Yet again we have had disruption to our train service not only by strikes, crew shortages and failures, but also by a “sinkhole” [...]


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December news

Northern has further RMT strike action on 8, 10 and 12 January. Details of which services will run or be replaced by buses should be available around new year but it is likely to follow recent patterns with trains mainly between 0700 and 1900 including Sellafield commuter trains, with a reduced service between Barrow and Whitehaven and trains, [...]


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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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