April blog

Tony Potts writes:

Details of the new timetable for Route 6 are now available. From what I have seen, most of the stations which were omitted from some trains have now been reinstated. Whether the lifting of the temporary speed restrictions between Bootle and Silecroft since the recent track renewal has helped with this I don’t know.
Network Rail is working on a drainage scheme for the single line between Harrington and Parton. If this is successful, we must press for reinstatement of double track at this point as this would reduce the likelihood of delays significantly.
At the request of Community Rail Officer Warren Birch, Terry and I carried out passenger surveys on trains between Barrow and Carlisle with a view to establishing how well-known was the short-term offer of a 25% discount on cheap day returns. Terry went out on 27 March, and I went out on 25 and 30 March. The completed questionnaires were handed in to Bransty booking office and we are awaiting the results. From what I could tell, very few people were aware of it.
Members may have noticed that some of the Class 156 units which have been cascaded to Arriva Rail North from Scotrail have been running locally.
On 28 March I attended a meeting of the West Cumbria Mining Liaison Committee which was shortly after the granting of planning permission. There has been the usual response from those opposed to it and who have sent a petition with 15,000 signatures to Whitehall about it. The Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, has launched a counter petition and is asking local people to sign it.
The Furness Line Action Group AGM is on 27 April at Carnforth and I intend to go and report back.

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