There will be a further strike on Wednesday 8 November. Timetables are similar to previous occasions starting a little later and finishing early with trains mainly between Workington or Whitehaven and Barrow, a few trains from Carlisle supplemented by buses and a couple of connections at Barrow. There are additional Carlisle-Newcastle trains and buses from Carlisle to Appleby or Kirkby Stephen. As usual for stations between Whitehaven and Wigton to Carlisle Stagecoach 300/301 buses provide an hourly alternative.
The December timetable is online with no changes from the current one except for a few on the Furness line, It now incorporates the Lakes line. We have commented on the timetable and hope there will be alterations in the printed version. There will be two additional services each way between Newcastle, Hexham and Carlisle on Sundays.
TransPennine Express have online Club 55 off peak fares of £21 in the north of England and £31 to Scotland with 20% reduction for railcard holders until 19 November (first class also available).
Regulated fares are set to go up by the Retail Prices Index amount of 3.6% at the beginning of January, including most season tickets and many longer distance off-peak fares whilst changes to the rest of fares will be announced in December.
The planned improved timetable for December 2017 has now been put back to May 2018 because of delays in electrification in south west England 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.
There is a Settle and Carlisle excursion from Carlisle to York on 25 November.
Cumbrian Railways Association have published a new book An introduction to Cumbrian railways by David Joy at £9.95.
The Turning Point Rail journey to recovery video is here.
There will be five additional Carlisle-Dumfries trains a day making a roughly hourly service from the December timetable and an additional return Glasgow journey.
Newcastle-Metrocentre trains are replaced by buses from 6-14 January 2018.