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June blog

Tony Potts writes: Northern have announced that the penalty fare system will apply to this line with effect from 30 June. The current TVM will have the appropriate software installed from that date so that passengers who do not have a credit or debit card can obtain a Promise to Pay ticket so that they can buy a travel ticket on the train [...]


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May blog

Tony Potts writes: On Easter Sunday 21 April Audrey and I travelled from Birmingham New Street back to Workington. The first part of the journey was by a relatively new LNWR electric to Crewe, then bus to Preston. The bus developed a steering fault and had to be replaced at a motorway service area. Another bus took us to Preston, but we had [...]


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April blog

Tony Potts writes: Details of the new timetable for Route 6 are now available. From what I have seen, most of the stations which were omitted from some trains have now been reinstated. Whether the lifting of the temporary speed restrictions between Bootle and Silecroft since the recent track renewal has helped with this I don’t know. Network [...]


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March blog

Tony Potts reported to the annual general meeting: This last year has been one of the most eventful for some time insofar as our local train service is concerned. The introduction of the May 2018 timetable, although giving us a long-awaited Sunday service south of Whitehaven, caused so many problems that the subsequent cancellations, although [...]


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January blog

Tony Potts writes: A happy New Year to all our members. Things have been busy since our December meeting. The continued RMT strikes and the annual fares increase have sparked local media interest to the point of my being interviewed twice by BBC Radio Cumbria, having a request for a statement from the News and Star and from in-Cumbria [...]


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