The RMT union has now suspended strike action.
On 3 February buses replace trains between Carlisle and Haltwhistle.
Footbridges The Wigton bridge is closed for safety reasons and repair work should start in late February with access in the meantime by the road. At the same time Millom footbridge will be closed for similar repairs, followed by Arnside next financial year.
Fares 26-30 railcards are now available to be downloaded to a smartphone. From September there will also be a 16-17 railcard which will give a 50% discount rather than the usual 34%.
Delay repay has been extended on Northern to 15 minutes at the rate of 25% of the fare for delays of 15-29 minutes (12.5% for one delay on a return journey).
Northern are spending £285,000 on a publicity campaign with Cumbria Tourism.
The Office of Rail and Road Glaister report into the May 2018 timetable change puts the main blame on Network Rail for not recognising the risks of the delay to electrification projects and largely absolves Northern except in so far as it failed to provide sufficient information during disruption. (The press release links to the report itself). A second part of the report is due in December to recommend changes to future practices.
Class 37 locomotives have now been withdrawn and nearly all services are run by class 156 Sprinters. Peak services should normally have four coaches and off peak two, with all having four carriages by the end of 2019.