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West Cumbria Bus Users’ Group

working to improve local buses

Road works For parts of the period up to November the X5 and 34C buses cannot operate via Brigham and Bridgefoot with the nearest stops at Bridgefoot road end/A595 (34C) or Cockermouth stops. There is a temporary stop for the X5 just north of the Bridgefoot roundabout. A Monday-Saturday daytime shuttle service to and from Great Clifton is in operation. There are a few weeks within this period when the normal service will operate.

From 24 July for 14 weeks Overend Road in Whitehaven past West Cumberland Hospital is being resurfaced and parts of the road will be closed in turn starting from the roundabout. When hospital stops are not accessible 21 30 31H 32 32E 300 301 600 buses will stop instead around the corner on Sneckyeat Road with the possible exception of one weekend.

30 October for 6-8 weeks the A591 is closed north of Keswick with services 554 and X4 running via the A66. (554 is diverted at Castle Inn  via Lakes Distillery and X4 diverted at Lakes Distillery to the A66.) An alternative taxi service will be provided by United Utilities for people from Mirehouse to Bassenthwaite linking with the 1022 and 1302 554 service to Keswick and the return buses at 1330 and 1735 on Mondays to Saturdays. The A591 is also closed at Chestnut Hill in Keswick from 18-30 September affecting service 555 to Kendal and Lancaster and there is a reduced weekday service and likely delays with buses being escorted through the road works.

Welcome to West Cumbria Bus Users’ Group affiliated to Bus Users UK
We are 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 the annual general meeting on Tuesday 31 October at 1400 in Age UK West Cumbria’s Bradbury Independent Living Centre on Oxford Street, Workington (just a few yards from the bus station – note change of date). Come along to any meeting with your views which we can relay to bus operators.

About West Cumbria Bus Users Group
We meet 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.

For services in 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: email wcumbususers@gmail.com

Recent news

 

From 20 July Millom and Haverigg local service M1 was being withdrawn by Travellers Choice.

From 4 September there are slight changes to services 1 Lowca-Whitehaven-Mirehouse (slightly faster journeys from Whitehaven to Lowca), X30 and 32 Whitehaven-Egremont (both now finish at St Thomas’ Cross) and 600 Whitehaven-Cockermouth-Carlisle (0850 Wigton-Carlisle runs 10 minutes later). Service 7 Haverigg – Millom-Barrow Monday-Friday journey at 0925  runs 15 minutes later as does the return journey and buses that only run between Haverigg and Millom are withdrawn.

From 4 December there are changes to the Ellenvale services and some renumbering with some service 60 buses extended from Skinburness to Workington via Northside, restoring the service lost earlier in the year.

Stagecoach Dayrider and weekly Megarider tickets can now be bought as mobile tickets on the Stagecoach app.

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, Workington on 24 February and Whitehaven on 24 August.

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.