Posted By CRUG

September news

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.

Parking charges at Whitehaven increased on 8 August from £2 to £3 a day

Haltwhistle station is part of Heritage open days on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 September 1000-1630 including the old booking hall, signal box and walks and Virgin East Coast’s Azuma roadshow.

Lakes line electrification has been cancelled by the government in favour of bimode (electric and diesel) trains (though the government seem likely to push ahead with another Crossrail in London).

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.

West Coast Railways have an excursion from Carlisle, Penrith and Oxenholme to Betws-y-Coed on 20 September together with other departures from Carnforth. 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. We have a meeting there in October.

RMT strike action has been announced for Friday 1 and Monday 4 September.  Similar timetables apply as for previous strikes with a service ending in the afternoon between Workington or Whitehaven and Barrow and buses north of Workington/Whitehaven. Some trains run from 0609 Workington-Barrow to 1530 Whitehaven-Barrow and 0600 Barrow-Whitehaven to 1450 Barrow-Workington. Buses run from 0523 Carlisle-Whitehaven to 1715 Carlisle-Workington and 0728 Whitehaven-Carlisle to 1641 Workington-Carlisle. Alternative Stagecoach buses 300/301 run an hourly service from Whitehaven to Carlisle from 0525 (evening two hourly to 2100) and return 0610 to 2300 (two hourly in evenings). There are few trains south of Barrow and they generally do not connect with the coast line. Trains announced for Carlisle-Newcastle are roughly two hourly with the last from Newcastle at 1524 and for Carlisle at 1728. There are 5 or 6 buses between Carlisle and Appleby.


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