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The RMT union has announced more strikes on Saturdays until 26 January. Timetables are usually available by Tuesday for the following Saturday. On the Cumbrian coast there are usually two return journeys between Workington and Barrow and another three between Millom and Barrow. In December there is no service between Carlisle and Workington. On the Furness line there are six return trains between Barrow and Lancaster, some of them connecting with the coast trains.  Timetables for the following Saturdays are likely to be similar.

As usual the alternative for stations between Whitehaven and Carlisle is the 300 and 301 bus service for all stations except Dalston and just for Whitehaven and Carlisle the 600.

Engineering work

On 1 January buses replace trains between Carlisle and Glasgow and Carlisle-Edinburgh services are retimed.

Class 37 locomotives are still operating on some services (listed in the timetable) but should be withdrawn by January 2019.

West Cumbria Mining has an open update event on 13 December 1200-1900 at Haig Pit.

Michael Portillo is speaking and signing his new book Sympathetic developments at the Carnegie in Workington on 22 January at 1930. Tickets are £17.50.

Fares rise by an average 3.1% on 2 January 2019.

Delay repay is being extended on Northern to 15 minutes from 15  December at the rate of 25% of the fare for delays of 15-29 minutes (12.5% for one delay on a return journey).

Northern are spending £285,000 on a publicity campaign with Cumbria Tourism.

The Office of Rail and Road Glaister report into the May 2018 timetable change puts the main blame on Network Rail for not recognising the risks of the delay to electrification projects and largely absolves Northern except in so far as it failed to provide sufficient information during disruption. (The press release links to the report itself). A second part of the report is due in December to recommend changes to future practices.

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