Tony Potts writes:
The RMT strike planned for 21 July was suspended pending talks with Northern about a process for reconvening talks around proposals to set up a joint working party to consider a range of proposals on the deployment of on-board staff, including a specific option of retaining a second safety-critical person on board all Arriva Rail Northern (ARN) trains (written before latest strikes were announced).
There were some cancellations, especially of Sunday trains, due to the fact that train crews are not rostered to work on Sundays.
Furness Line Action Group’s latest newsletter holds that ARN cannot run a full service on the Lakes Line and the Furness Line at the same time and suggests that the Department for Transport should ask West Coast Railways (WCR) to run a full-time service on the Lakes Line, with the costs met by ARN until they prove they can operate it fully themselves. According to an article in In-Cumbria (July 2018), if WCR were given the chance to run it in the future investment in its rolling stock would be guaranteed.
WCR has been advertising its charter trains by post in west Cumbria.
Poor weather spoiled the Whitehaven Food Festival on 28 and 29 July. I went to Whitehaven station on the Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon and found that the trains had been very quiet.