The RMT union has announced further strikes on Tuesday 3 and Thursday 5 October. Timetables are here. There are more trains than on previous strike days. On the coast trains run from the 0558 Maryport-Barrow mostly from Workington or Whitehaven to Barrow with the last train the 1530 from Whitehaven. Return trains start at 0600 until 1450. For the first time there are four trains between Carlisle and Workington between 0938 and 1737 returning up to 1641 supplemented by buses.
Furness line has a minimal service from Barrow to Lancaster from 0713 to 1610 returning from 0848 to 1720.
Settle and Carlisle has two trains each way to Skipton at 1155 and 1814 returning from Leeds to Carlisle at 0849 and 1449. There are also buses to Appleby and back.
Tyne Valley has six trains from Carlisle to Newcastle from 0646 to 1524 returning at 0820 to 1728.
Lakes Line has a mixture of trains and buses from Windermere to Oxenholme.
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.
Advance fares Northern have some advance tickets with online availability of them up to 15 minutes before a train’s departure – in Cumbria only certain Lakes line journeys. Virgin, TransPennine Express and Caledonian Sleeper now sell advance tickets up to an hour before the train’s departure.
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.
The All the stations guys travelled up the coast line on 28 July – see them on YouTube (episode 46, day 83 – Lancaster to Newcastle).
The new Ratty museum is now open at Ravenglass every day trains run and is free. Our October meeting is there.