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February news

RMT have another strike day on Saturday 3 March. Details of timetables will be available later.

Engineering work

Preston-Blackpool North replaced by buses until 25 March

Wigan-Manchester Airport replaced by buses on 4 February

Buses replace trains between Skipton and Leeds and Bradford Forster Square on 4 February

Buses replace trains between Preston and Manchester Victoria on 10-11 and 17-18 February

Trains from Preston via Bolton replaced by buses on Saturdays and Sundays until further notice

Over the Easter weekend 31 March-2 April west coast lines have buses between Carlisle and Glasgow/Edinburgh and on 1 April also between Carlisle and Lancaster. There are no trains at London Euston on 1 April.


The planned improved timetable for December 2017 has now been put back at least to mid 2018 because of delays in electrification in the Bolton area and elsewhere and subsequent transfer of trains. This will include Sunday services between Whitehaven and Barrow, some earlier and later trains and generally fill almost all the gaps in the current timetable. The previous date for the withdrawal of loco hauled trains and Pacer units of December 2019 still stands, when we should be served by a fleet of four car refurbished class 156 diesel multiple units.

Scotrail are offering 20% off Spirit of Scotland travel passes during February – £111 for four days out of eight or £143 for eight days out of fifteen with the usual railcard discounts for travel from Carlisle anywhere in Scotland including some ferries and buses. 

There is a free discovery evening on 20 February 7-9om at Whitehaven Archives on Scotch Street with films of west Cumbria including some of railways.

There is a talk by Eric Robson titled An historical tour of Cumbria with the mad, the bad and the dangerous to know recounting a railway journey from platform 6 to platform 2 at Carlisle at Rheged on 23 March at 1900 (£10 or £25 with buffet supper)

Railfuture’s summer conference is in Carlisle on 23 June. CRUG members can take advantage of our membership price of £25 if booked by the end of April.



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