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In addition to the strike on 13 March the RMT union have called a further strike on 8 April (the date of our April CRUG meeting) and Northern are intending to run a revised timetable. There was a reduced service with six trains each way between Barrow and Workington but buses north of Workington (and between Oxenholme and Windermere). There will be four return journeys from Barrow to Lancaster (but with poor connections to the coast) and no service from Carlisle to Newcastle or Leeds. For journeys between stations from Whitehaven to Wigton and Carlisle and from Carlisle to Newcastle there are parallel buses but few south of Whitehaven.
The timetable now includes full Furness line services.
The planned improved timetable for December 2017 has now been put back to at least May 2018 because of delays in electrification in south west England and subsequent transfer of trains. 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.
Virgin trains have a sale of advance tickets (but with no further railcard discounts) from 9-14 March for most journeys from 25 March to 24 August.
Settle and Carlisle line trains are replaced by buses until 31 March between Carlisle and Armathwaite or Appleby. Some trains run as far north as Armathwaite with buses between Carlisle and Armathwaite, Carlisle and Appleby and/or Penrith and Appleby. There is an Eden Brows drop in session at Armathwaite village hall CA4 9PB (next to the church) on Thursday 30 March 1500-1900. £15 day ranger tickets on the line are available until 20 May (£10 with railcards).
Fares on Northern increased by an average of 2.2% on 2 January (slightly below the national average of 2.3%.
Chris Tarrant is talking about his TV series entitled The romance of railways at Words by the Water at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick on 3 March at 2000. Public booking is open and tickets are £10.
The Kirkgate Centre in Cockermouth hosts the Derwent Railway Society exhibition and archive film of the Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith railway in 1966 on 17-19 March with the film on 18 March at 1930.
West Coast Railways have excursions from Carlisle, Penrith, Oxenholme and Lancaster to Shrewsbury on 22 March, from Carlisle to York and Scarborough on 17 May and Carlisle, Penrith and Oxenholme to Betws-y-Coed on 20 September together with other departures from Carnforth.
Bus or train? There’s a comparison of journeys on the FAQ page.