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Welcome to West Cumbria Bus Users’ Group affiliated to Bus Users UK
West Cumbria Bus Users’ Group is a small group covering West Cumbria from Silloth in the north to Millom in the south and Keswick to the east. We have a membership fee of £5. Anyone is welcome to our quarterly meetings – the next one will be on Tuesday 6 June and the annual general meeting on 18 October (altered date) at 1400 in Age UK West Cumbria’s  Bradbury Independent Living Centre on Oxford Street, Workington (just a few yards from the bus station).

About West Cumbria Bus Users Group
West Cumbria Bus Users’ Group meets regularly with Cumbria County Council and with our main operator, Stagecoach. We have been able to get improvements to a number of connections locally, many of which are improved.

The county council withdrew all subsidies in autumn 2014. In general most Sunday services continued commercially and many evening services ended whilst some of the rural routes are being run commercially but there are a number of communities, not all of them small, left without any service. There has been no additional take up of the idea of community provision such as Rural Wheels or Community Wheels partly due to lack of volunteers although a number of groups are working on alternatives.

For services in West Cumbria see

www.cumbria.gov.uk

You can also find details of Stagecoach services at

www.stagecoachbus.com

and those of the other main local operator, Reays at

www.reays.co.uk

Traveline www.traveline.info or 0871 200 2233 is the main source of information and although there are still a few errors it is now much more accurate.

Contact us on  07561 360615 or email our secretary.

Recent news

From 3 January 2017 there were alterations and reductions to Stagecoach services. Despite our efforts services are removed from Moresby Parks, Egremont estates, Northside in Workington and Sellafield. However we have been involved in getting some improvements to some of the core services (30 Maryport-Thornhill, 31 Maryport-Frizington, 300/301 Whitehaven-Carlisle and X4/X5 Workington-Penrith) and some better connections on Sundays and evenings. The evening 30 service runs hourly instead of an 90 minute intervals and finishes later and the Sunday service now runs straight through from Maryport to Thornhill two hourly with additional Whitehaven-Thornhill buses on alternate hours linking with the 301 Carlisle services. Details are further down this page.

Reays largely replaced the Moresby Parks and Egremont estates services with service 22 from 30 January 2017 but it will be withdrawn again on 22 April.

Reays withdrew their 58/59/60 services (Cockermouth-Maryport-Silloth-Skinburness) and these have largely being replaced by Ellenvale who already run between Cockermouth and Maryport. From 6 May Silloth and Skinburness buses are being reduced because of low numbers of passengers.

Also from January all buses (with the exception of an occasional coach) should be fully accessible with the withdrawal of older double deckers from public services.

From 8 April Stagecoach introduce summer services in the Lakes. These are similar to previous years although services 73/73A Carlisle-Keswick and 208 Keswick-Ullswater will only run on Saturdays. There are some changes to X4/X5 Workington-Penrith buses with only X4 serving Lakes Distillery and additional evening services running via Brigham. Please note that due to an error in registration up to 20 June  inclusive Sunday buses will run via Cockermouth Low Road rather than Oakhurst as in the timetable. There should be notices at affected stops.

From 5 June Reays 20 Whitehaven-Thornhill and 21 Whitehaven-Frizington journeys are decreased on weekdays but increased on Saturdays.

Stagecoach fares change again on 8 April 2017 (they last went up in January). This time most day and longer tickets are increased, some of them rounded up to the nearest pound. Singles and returns are also affected. Dayriders can now be bought as mobile tickets on the Stagecoach app and weekly tickets will be available from late April.

Bus or train? There’s a comparison of journeys on the FAQ page.

Your bus matters We had events with Bus Users UK at Lakes College on 31 January and Workington on 24 February and hope to have another in Whitehaven later in 2017.

Walks from the bus – most of the walks listed on the Walk and cycle page can be done from buses. Dalston (not Sundays), Maryport, Flimby, Workington, Harrington, Parton and Whitehaven all have at least hourly buses. Seascale and Millom have a very limited service.