Posted By CRUG

June news

There will be further RMT strikes on 19, 21 and 23 June.

Timetable details  are here. .

On Tuesday and Thursday generally services on the coast are poorer than the last strike with some early trains or buses but very early finishes (eg 1450 north from Barrow and 1600 from Carlisle to Whitehaven). There are some buses between Whitehaven and Barrow which are overtaken by trains and the buses unusually serve Nethertown and Braystones. Many services north of Whitehaven are replaced by buses and there are the same gaps as last time. There is an even thinner service on the Furness line south of Barrow – generally connections to the main line are only possible through Carlisle but again finish very early. 

Lakes line has a bus service supplemented from 17 June with a West Coast Railways loco hauled shuttle service in the main part of the day.

Settle and Carlisle has just two journeys from Leeds to Carlisle and two from Carlisle to Skipton plus some buses including on the Skipton-Lancaster line.

The Tyne Valley line to Newcastle has a better and later service but with some big gaps during the day.

The timetable for Saturday is as minimal as the last Saturday strike day with just two Workington-Barrow journeys and some buses between Carlisle and Workington. We asked at least for the buses to be extended to Whitehaven which has not been done so it would be better to use Stagecoach between Whitehaven and Carlisle which has a faster and more frequent service. There remain four Furness line journeys.

Elsewhere on Saturday Tyne Valley has a roughly two hourly service again, though with gaps, and Settle and Carlisle has just two return journeys with buses on the Bentham line between Skipton and Lancaster. For another fortnight the Lakes line continues to run buses only between Oxenholme and Windermere.

Despite the poor strike timetable otherwise services are stabilising generally with very few cancellations now on either the Cumbrian coast or Furness lines.

For journeys between Whitehaven and Carlisle (except for Dalston) Stagecoach’s 300 and 301 services run from Whitehaven from 0525 roughly hourly during the day and two hourly in the evening until 2100 returning from 0610 to 2300. Between Whitehaven and Carlisle the 600 also provides a service. Between Whitehaven and Workington there are also the 30, 31 and 302 with the 30 and 31 extending to Maryport.

The new timetable from 20 May means that there are Sunday services between Barrow and Carlisle and additional evening trains. This is not the full service promised but a considerable move towards it. Timetables are online with printed timetables were due by 1 June but remain in very short supply. There are also four return Barrow-Manchester Airport and one Windermere-Manchester Piccadilly services. 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. Other Northern timetables are also online. The Whitehaven ticket office is open on Sundays 0930-1630 from 20 May for an experimental eight weeks.

The timetable started well but by the second week we were experiencing around six cancellations a day and a number of short workings. Northern have announced temporary timetables (with an explanation) from 4 June to the end of July including buses only between Windermere and Oxenholme until 1 July. Supposedly a full service should operate on the coast, Furness, Tyne Valley and Settle and Carlisle lines but it would be as well to continue to check on the day at present.

Mutual ticket acceptance is in place where trains are cancelled between Northern, TransPennine Express and Virgin until 29 July so that even with an advance ticket you can use other operators’ services if yours is not running (but not when it is!).

Engineering work

Buses replace trains between Carlisle and Hexham on Sundays 3-17 June.

Trains from Preston via Bolton replaced by buses on Saturdays and Sundays until 4 November and for the week 25 August-2 September,.

On 1 June 0453 (MX) Barrow-in-Furness to Preston bus replaced throughout. 0516 (MX) Preston to Carlisle will terminate Barrow-in-Furness. Additional train Barrow-in-Furness to Carlisle.
1909 (FX) Carlisle to Preston will terminate Barrow-in-Furness. Bus Barrow-in-Furness to Preston.
2210 (FX) Manchester Airport to Barrow-in-Furness will terminate Preston. Bus Preston to Barrow-in-Furness.

From 20 May TransPennine Express trains are running non stop between Preston and Manchester Piccadilly.

Waggon ways to Whitehaven: west Cumbria on rails exhibition at the Beacon museum in Whitehaven until 3 June.

Railfuture’s summer conference is in Carlisle on 23 June. On the same day is Community rail in the city at Carlisle station 1000-1600.

New ticket machines have been installed in Maryport and Whitehaven, operating in English, French, German, Spanish and Polish. They are an improvement on the old ones, but only seems to sell tickets on the day (so no advances) and no ranger or rover tickets.

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